This is the 5. year running that the OWIB gathers the international offshore wind technology industry for an entire day of speed dating involving the opportunity of meeting new partners, suppliers and interest organizations in a fast-growing market. This somewhat untraditional event has spurred interest in many countries.
Manager, Renewables Morten Holmager from Offshore Center Danmark who is organizing the OWIB says:
“We’re waiting for a business delegation from Singapore to confirm they’re taking part, and several Spanish companies have already signed up. Also a range of British and German companies and organizations as well as a lot of others are joining the event, so we’re very pleased.”
A growing market for offshore wind energy
“The interest in the OWIB is a direct consequence of the growth in the market. More and more countries are focusing on offshore wind energy, and Denmark still plays a central role in the market. It’s a well known fact that Siemens has decided to centre its offshore wind activities in Denmark, and the German market is really opening up. Danish company Aarsleff recently entered into a contract about erecting the offshore wind farm DanTysk in the German part of the North Sea – an order for 80 turbines. Siemens and Aarsleff will be present at the OWIB with a view to developing their activities,” says Morten Holmager from Offshore Center Denmark.
Foreign companies profit from Danish wind energy knowhow
This year the OWIB is organized in collaboration with Invest in Denmark that is under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Invest in Denmark introduces foreign companies to Danish business opportunities and helps them set up a business in Denmark. The French engineering company Principia is one of the companies that in collaboration with Invest in Denmark established a subsidiary in Denmark to become part of the world-leading Danish wind industry. Principia North A/S will be developing offshore wind turbines and thereby expanding Principia’s business portfolio.
Principia Chief Executive Hans J. Riber explains why they are particpating in the OWIB:
“Many new French players are emerging, and these players can gradually grow a lot bigger. This is why the OWIB is an obvious opportunity to meet these new players and form ties with them early on in the process. At the same time we’ll gain a foothold in the Danish market with an eye to securing assignments in the North Sea – for instance through the British Round 3, and then we can transfer knowledge from the Danish market to France. So the OWIB is exactly the forum for us to be part of.”
To learn more about business opportunities within wind energy in Denmark, please contact regional project manager Peder Bo Sørensen from Invest in Denmark at firstname.lastname@example.org or read more at www.investindk.com.