At the end of March this year Skykon, a Danish investor in wind energy systems, brought joy and relief to the Kintyre peninsula of Scotland when it stepped in to acquire the troubled Vestas wind turbine tower plant in Campbeltown through its subsidiary Welcon. Now the company could be riding to the rescue again, this time on home soil.
The decision of Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller-Mærsk to close its historic shipyard at Lindø Wharf on Funen by 2012 has naturally saddened many, not least the 8,000 people employed at the wharf or by its sub-suppliers. But no sooner was the news announced on Monday, than word came that Skykon was already in negotiations to acquire some of Lindø Wharf's massive acreage for wind turbine production.
Skykon CEO Jesper Øhlenschlæger commented to financial daily newspaper Børsen: "Lindø Wharf suits us well, with its access to the sea and very large production halls. Wind turbines are getting bigger and bigger, so it's essential that we have good opportunities for transporting out products from there."
If the negotiations lead to a result, Skykon may be in a position to offer jobs to some of the Lindø Wharf workers, but the company is naturally cautious about putting any numbers on this. Today Skykon employs about 420 people; Lindø Wharf directly employs 3,000 people including 91 engineers.
Skykon is the parent group for a range of companies making towers and components for wind turbine producers. It currently owns Dencam, Welcon, Welcon Towers, Marxen and WKT Nordic, which collectively generate annual revenues of around DKK 1.1bn (USD 209m).