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Tianjin is center of international wind power industry
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15:31, May 05, 2009

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According to the Tianjin Wind Energy Association, to date, 50 enterprises engaging in the manufacture of wind power-generating equipment, key components and parts, as well as supporting services are located in Tianjin. These enterprises enabled the city to form an industry cluster primarily consisting of wind power manufacturing, which will be supported by the wind power service sector, and also components and parts manufacturing.

Thanks to the development and launch of Tianjin's Binhai New Area and its first-class investment environment, renowned foreign and domestic wind power enterprises and a group of supporting enterprises have invested in Tianjin.

Denmark-based Vestas, the world's largest wind power-generating equipment manufacturer, is a global leader in the research and development (R&D), manufacture, sale and maintenance technology of wind turbines. In 2005, Vestas invested money to establish a factory in Tianjin. Over five occasions, the company has invested a total of 363 million USD, making its Tianjin factory an important manufacturing base in China. Meanwhile, Spain-based Gamesa Corporation and India-based Suzlon Energy, the world's second and fifth largest wind power equipment manufacturers respectively, have also invested in Tianjin.

A group of enterprises engaged in the manufacture of wind power units, gearboxes and wind power materials, including Belgium-based Hansen Transmissions International NV (Hansen Transmissions), US-based Reichhold Inc, Sichuan-based Dongfang Electric and Guangdong-based Mingyang Electric, have rushed to invest in Tianjin. Of them, Hansen Transmissions, the world's largest wind turbine and transmission gear producer, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of key wind power generating components and parts, as well as the development and utilization of renewable energy. Its factory commenced production in 2008 following an investment of 300 million euros. US-based Reichhold, the world's largest unsaturated polyester resin supplier of complex material producers, is a global leader in the R&D and manufacture of the unsaturated polyester resin, which is the specialized raw material used in the manufacture of wind turbine blades.

These enterprises, with a total investment of 12.645 billion yuan and a total workforce of 24,760, have formed the most complete system in China's wind power industry. Not only has Tianjin become an important area of integration in China's wind power industry, it has also become the center of the international wind power industry.

By People's Daily Online

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