Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines, has announced in a press release that it has recently opened new offices in Paris, in the renowned business quarter La Défence. The company says the move signals its commitment to the development of the wind industry in France, especially in terms of job creation.
Nicolas Wolf, general manager of Vestas France, says in the press release: "The new Paris office will allow us to be closer to our customers and it will help us to reinforce our ability to satisfy our customers’ needs. It will also help us to increase our presence in the French market and to support the target set during the French Environmental Conference (Grenelle de l’environnement) that 23 per cent of the total French energy consumption should be covered by renewable energies by 2020”.
Juan Araluce, president of Vestas Mediterranean, opines that employment in the French wind industry could rise from its current 7,000 jobs to 60,000 jobs by 2020, and points out that France has the second best wind potential in Europe – making it especially suitable for turning renewable energy into economic growth and local jobs.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 20,800 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,500 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. The company generated revenues in 2008 of EUR 6,035m (USD 7,716) and for 2009 forecasts revenues of EUR 7,200m (USD 9,206m).