October 3 (Renewables Now) - Wobben Windpower Industria e Comercio Ltda, a Brazilian unit of Germany's Enercon GmbH, has ended wind turbine blades production at its facility in Sorocaba city.
The local metalworkers union announced the news on Wednesday, blaming this development on the lack of a national policy for renewable energy. This, coupled with the absence of more energy auctions, has prevented the company from securing more projects in order to maintain production, the Sorocaba and Region Metalworkers Union (SMetal) said in a statement.
In a meeting with SMetal, Wobben has stated that only the administrative sector will be maintained for now.
The plant, which started wind blade manufacturing back in 1998, had already laid off 90 workers in May 2019. Before the Tuesday announcement, the factory employed 370 people.
Wobben has two other plants in Brazil, one for wind blades in Pecem, Ceara, and one for towers in Juazeiro, Bahia.