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Siemens opens a wind turbine factory in Cuxhaven, Germany

News International-French

28 Nov 2016

The company celebrated the topping out ceremony for its wind turbine manufacturing facility in Cuxhaven, Germany, attended by parliamentary state secretary Enak Ferlemann, lower Saxony's state secretary of economic affairs Daniela Behrens, and the mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch.

Siemens opens a wind turbine factory in Cuxhaven

The structural steel uprights now stand for the production building, which will offer 56,000 square meters of floor space. This new facility in northern Germany is one of Siemens' most important investment projects in recent years, with some EUR 200 million invested in what is the company's first offshore wind turbine production plant in Germany.

After announcing this project an official signing ceremony took place at the planned site of the factory in Summer 2015. The new production will be located directly at the edge of the harbor and will have a surface area of 170,000 square meters – the size of roughly 24 soccer fields. In early March 2016 the impact pile driving of approximately 1,900 concrete piles – up to 30 meters long – started at the construction site. Construction of the actual building was officially started by Siemens with a groundbreaking ceremony in the middle of June 2016. By mid-2017 the production of nacelles for the next-generation wind turbines D7 is to begin. This includes the final assembly of generators, hubs, and nacelle back-ends which are all connected to form complete nacelles. The location at the port allows heavy components to be loaded directly onto transportation vessels, thereby avoiding expensive ground transportation. 

"The decision to build a new production facility in Cuxhaven represents a clear commitment to Germany as a business location," said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. "The new Siemens factory will employ up to 1,000 skilled employees. The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany and Europe represents an enormous opportunity for northern Germany and Siemens."