MHI Vestas to beef up production at UK blade plant in January
MHI Vestas blade. Image: Courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind plans to kick off production at its expanded manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight in the UK in January 2019.
The offshore wind turbine maker, a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011), said on Tuesday it has received a new mould for blade production, which will be the second one at the site. The company is now preparing for the manufacturing startup.
The arrival of the second mould is a major milestone in the company’s expansion programme at the Isle of Wight factory. Last month, it started a recruitment campaign that will add 1,100 new jobs at the site where it makes the world's largest serially-produced wind turbine blades. The facility at the West Medina Mills currently employs more than 300 people.
MHI Vestas estimates that the operation of the second mould will bring GBP 42 million (USD 53.9m/EUR 47.2m) in economic benefits a year to the regional economy.
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