Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, has announced that it will move its headquarters from Randers to Aarhus in 2011, and establish 400 new engineering jobs at the location. Vestas said in a press release that Aarhus offers the facilities the company needs to attract and retain Danish and foreign staff.
The headquarters will be built on a 73,800 m2 site next to Vestas' new Technology R&D centre.
"The new extension to the development centre will have space for 400 people and they will be engineers," said Peter Kruse, senior vice president, group communications at Vestas, adding that Vestas employs just about every kind of engineer imaginable. "So we are looking for all engineers who are qualified – both from Denmark and abroad."
The Executive Management, Group Finance & Operations, Group Treasury, Group Communications and Contract Review will relocate to Aarhus. The relocation enables Vestas Offshore, Vestas People & Culture and Vestas' Global IT function to continue their expansion in Randers, the company writes.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 17,000 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,000 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. In 2007, Vestas generated revenues of EUR 4.9bn and profit after tax totalled EUR 291m. The company has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia and USA, and has planned or operational research facilities in Denmark, Singapore, India (Chennai), USA (Houston) and UK (Isle of Wight).