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Vestas to invest in the Taranto blades factory

News International-French

20 Nov 2013

Vestas commits to investing EUR 10 million to launch V112-3.0 MW blade production at its Taranto, Italy, blades factory and to offering employment opportunities for a number of nacelles plant employee.

Vestas committed to hiring, after professional re-training, 30 nacelles employees for work in the blades factory and to an additional eight employment proposals in the Vestas Italia sales, installation, and service unit.  Depending on market conditions, up to an additional 60 employees at the nacelles facility could be offered employment at the blades factory. Furthermore, 30 nacelles employees could be hired in Vestas facilities in the UK, Spain, Denmark, or Germany, depending on the individuals’ professional qualifications and personnel requirements at these facilities.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the V112-3.0 MW blade production line in Taranto and a related EUR 10 million investment. This will allow Vestas to bring our latest technology to the Taranto plant, which will benefit our customers, the entire supply chain and the local community through employment possibilities for the nacelles plant personnel,” comments Jean-Marc Lechêne, Vestas Chief Operating Officer.

The Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) via an official press release in which Claudio De Vincenti, undersecretary at MISE, comments: “The blades factory will therefore be able to absorb part of the nacelles factory employees, and the company has expressed the will to offer an opportunity to the employees, through an adequate professional requalification. All in all, the agreement combines employee safeguards and the strengthening of Vestas’ production and market outlook.”