Siemens announced early August that it will invest €200 million into building its first offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility in Germany.
The planned manufacturing facility will be the first for the company in Germany, and will manufacture nacelles for the company’s next-generation 7 MW wind turbines, designed for use out at sea. Specifically, the factory will be responsible for the final assembly of generators, hubs, and nacelle back-ends.
The facility is set to be built in Cuxhaven, in the country’s north, and bordering on the North Sea — prime territory for the development of offshore wind turbines, thanks to optimal wind conditions, but also strenuous locales.
“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.”
The new factory will create up to a thousand new jobs, and Siemens is describing the facility as one of its “most significant new production facilities in Germany in recent years.” The facility is planned to spread out over 170,000 square meters, and will be located on the edge of Cuxhaven’s harbour.
“We’re looking forward to building at this factory the most efficient and reliable ‘Made in Germany’ wind turbines,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We invest where we see opportunities for growth – and Germany and Northern Europe are dynamic growth markets for us. The new factory will also make an important contribution toward helping us reach our goal of making wind power competitive.”
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