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Emerging Energy Research's annual Wind Turbine Market Share Update reveals a 2008 global turbine market in which high demand and supply chain backlogs offered plenty of room for all: established players averaged installation growth of more than 50%, while several newer players saw installations jump by 100% and more.
Although the landmark year helped new competitors such as Sinovel, Dongfang, and Clipper make modest inroads into the leaders' market share, the turbine market remains dominated by Vestas, GE, Gamesa, Enercon, Suzlon, and Siemens who, as a group, accounted for 70% of last years' installations. Buoyed by 2007's bursting order books, turbine manufacturers installed almost 11GW more turbines in 2008 than in the previous year, totaling nearly 30GW of turbines activated during the year, with the USA and China accounting for 48% of that amount. The battle for market share is expected to intensify in 2009-2010 as the economic slowdown continues and as local suppliers in the USA and China ramp production. With more than 15 turbine vendors scrambling to take business from the big six, players with diversified order books are best positioned to grow in 2009 as the slowdown will be felt most acutely in the US, a market that weighs heavily in the order books of the major vendors. At the same time, China remains less impacted by the recession; steady performance can be expected from China's growing number of local turbine suppliers as well as global players with an existing foothold in that market. Investments and plant capacity expansion point to a collective optimism on the part of many manufactures for the long-term market, despite their expectations for modest growth in 2009.
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