WIV GmbH, operator of the online market place www.wind-turbine.com, has acquired the Dutch www.windturbines-marketplace.com portal. Takeover and merger of both portals is said to strengthen the market position in the innovative online business of the expanding wind industry.
“Teaming the portals is a logical milestone for wind-turbine.com to step up our global expansion efforts and gain further market share. At the same time, we are obtaining expertise from our Dutch partner, portal operator Windbrokers Europe, in the international repowering market,” says Bernd Weidmann, managing director of WIV GmbH and founder of wind-turbine.com.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with wind-turbine.com, because their innovative business model and the portal’s modern design have convinced us and are setting a new standard,” says Henk van den Bosch, managing director of Windbrokers Europe.
The acquisition of windturbines-marketplace.com lets wind-turbine.com win some 2,300 international and active customers, who have shown special customer-loyalty to the Dutch online market place, (which has been online since 2009). These customers are leading companies such as Vestas, Siemens and Enercon, which frequently are also represented with their foreign subsidiaries in the portal.
Active online-customers also include large and medium-sized European utilities, project developers, operation & maintenance businesses, engineering offices and service providers from Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, India, UK, Canada and the US.
“Our goal is to continue positioning wind-turbine.com in a way that fosters the worldwide energy transition and provide our customers with real business opportunities. We create transparency in the global wind community,“ points out Bernd Weidmann, “whilst at the same time strengthening sales and marketing of our corporate customers by professional online and Google marketing.”
The portal’s success reflects worldwide growth of the wind industry, In 2015 this amounted to at least 55,000 MW which is equivalent to an increase by more than 15% compared to 2014.
Today wind-turbine.com already has more than 4,700 wind turbines, components, services and projects monthly on offer for ca. 20,000 potential customers from about 200 countries. Currently, some 1,800 providers put new and second hand wind turbines online, or present products from the supplier sector and services ranging from project development to logistics. Moreover, the group of investors increasingly use wind-turbine.com to make visible their single and commercial-scale investments.