LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy Business, announced the planned acquisition of the WMC test facilities in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands. The transaction is expected to close within a few weeks, subject to certain pre-completion conditions.
The facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines, and continue to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services to the wider wind industry in Netherlands and elsewhere. In addition, LM Wind Power has plans to expand and develop the facility in the future. The 23 current employees comprise highly qualified experts in composites and rotor blade testing. All will be retained to help grow the business.
“The new test facilities will further contribute to LM Wind Power’s research and development capabilities for the design and manufacture of advanced wind turbine blades and other components,” said Duncan Berry CEO, LM Wind Power. “We are delighted to retain the talented existing workforce and supplement LM Wind Power and GE’s growing presence in a strategic green industry in the Netherlands.”
Berry added: “These are valuable, senior, technical jobs and we provide employment to a significant and increasing number of graduates and post graduates from the best Dutch Universities including Delft, Twente, Eindhoven and Amsterdam.”
LM Wind Power has a growing presence in the Netherlands. It has its global management office at World Trade Center, Schiphol, with 44 employees representing 16 nationalities and a research facility in Heerhugowaard with 40 employees representing 14 nationalities. The company was acquired by GE in April 2017, a world leader in renewable energy and it continues to grow at pace, providing advanced wind turbine blades to customers all over the world.
“The acquisition of the WMC wind-turbine blade test facility in Wieringerwerf secures a promising future for the 23 employees and ensures growth and opportunity for this important Dutch facility,” said Aart van der Pal, Chairman of the Board of WMC. “We look forward to playing a key role in the future developments of advanced wind turbine rotor blades.”
LM Wind Power is the first company in the wind industry to become fully carbon neutral.