Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber announced in a press release yesterday that it has reached another milestone in its global plan to expand capacity, with the official opening of a new blade factory in Urumqi, Xinjiang province. The facility, which according to the company will produce around 500 blades annually, is LM Glasfiber’s second blade manufacturing plant in China. The modular layout of the factory makes it easy to upgrade capacity in response to the expected rapid growth on the Chinese market.
As reported on this website earlier in the year, LM Glasfiber has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with China's leading wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind, which is also based in Urumqi. Xinjiang province has some of the best wind energy resources in China and is the location of China's biggest wind farm to date.
At the opening ceremony Mr. Wu Gang, CEO of Goldwind, commented: "We are very pleased to see today the first result of our cooperation with the opening of LM Glasfiber’s Xinjiang blade factory. It is key for us and our customers to secure supply of quality blades for our large project pipeline."
In his inauguration speech LM Glasfiber CEO Roland Sundén noted China's impressive commitment to developing renewable energy and said: "We are proud that Goldwind has selected LM Glasfiber as a long-term cooperation partner allowing us to play an active role in this development.”
The first blades from the new factory will be supplied to Goldwind turbines in the Da Ban Cheng wind park in Xinjiang.
LM Glasfiber is the world’s leading supplier of blades for wind turbines, and the only supplier that operates on a global basis. The company has manufactured more than 86,000 blades since 1978. LM Glasfiber is headquartered in Lunderskov, Jutland, and employs more than 4,000 people.