The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, number one in the sector, announced on Monday a program to restructure its European activities, including the closure of three factories employing 650 people in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Denmark.
The group indicates in a press release that it “intends to cease production at its factories in Lauchhammer in Germany, Viveiro in Spain and Esbjerg in Denmark”.
The manufacturer justifies this announcement by the greater integration of its onshore and offshore activities, as well as the launch of new models.
In Germany, 460 jobs are affected, 115 in Spain and 75 in Denmark. The German and Spanish sites must be shut down by the end of the year and the Danish site during the first half of 2022, the group said.
Vestas recently decided to strengthen its business in offshore wind power rather than in its historic land-based wind business, a strategy that has manifested itself in October 2020 through the acquisition of 100% control of a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MHI Vestas.
The German plant in Lauchhammer, already affected by restructuring two years ago, specializes in onshore wind power, as does part of the Viveiro plant.
Vestas, which counts among its competitors large groups such as the American GE or the German Siemens, currently employs 29,000 people worldwide and after these closures will still have twelve sites across Europe.
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