Published: 20 September 2021 20 September 2021
Vestas has announced steps to adjust its manufacturing footprint in Germany, Spain, and Denmark. Specifically, Vestas intends to cease production at its factories in Lauchhammer, Germany; Viveiro, Spain and Esbjerg, Denmark.
Vestas’ factory in Lauchhammer, Germany has since it scaled down activities two years ago maintained manufacturing of a limited number of blades for the V117 and V136 turbines and currently employs approximately 460 people. Vestas expects to meet future customer needs for its V117 and V136 turbines with supply from its other blade factories across the world. The expectation is to finalise production in Lauchhammer by the end of 2021, while Vestas will explore opportunities to relocate employees currently working in Lauchhammer to other Vestas sites in Germany across manufacturing and service.
Vestas’ factory in Viveiro, Spain employs approximately 115 people who manufacture generators for the 2 MW onshore platform as well as control panels for the V164 offshore turbine for markets outside of Spain. Due to both the decrease in demand for the 2 MW platform and the need to optimise offshore manufacturing, it is no longer sustainable to continue activities in Viveiro. Based on current plans, Vestas expects to finalise production in Viveiro end of 2021 and will offer opportunities to relocate employees currently working in Viveiro to other Vestas sites in Spain.
Vestas’ factory in Esbjerg, Denmark employs approximately 75 people who manufacture power conversion modules for the V164 and V174 offshore turbines. As demand for these modules will gradually shift to markets primarily outside of Europe and be delivered via more localised manufacturing facilities, Vestas expects to conclude production of power conversion modules in Esbjerg during the first half of 2022. Vestas will explore opportunities to relocate employees currently working at the factory in Esbjerg to other Vestas sites in Denmark.
Vestas continues to supply onshore and offshore wind turbine components to its customers from 12 sites across Europe, combining facilities owned by Vestas and its supply chain partners.