Signaling a new era in the company’s global ambitions, MHI Vestas has signed Memorandums of Understanding with four Taiwanese companies for the development of offshore wind. The agreements are the realization of the company’s manufacturing strategy for the region and leverage the unparalleled experience in energy infrastructure of the Mitsubishi Group in Taiwan.
“The Taiwan offshore wind market has impressively put itself in a front-runner position in the region,” said MHI Vestas incoming CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. “Having the benefit of early selection of a portfolio of projects allows us to enter into these manufacturing agreements with great confidence. We are honored to announce these partnerships today – partnerships that will spur the expansion of highly skilled, local manufacturing jobs.”
MHI Vestas has signed agreements with:
- China Steel Machinery Corporation (CSMC), an established leader in steel manufacturing, to provide towers for the 9-MW turbine platform on offer in Taiwan. The production will be based in Kaohsiung.
- Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC), one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturing companies, was signed by MHI Vestas to provide materials for blade manufacturing.
- MHI Vestas has signed Swancor, a market-leading company in environmental protection and safety, to supply composites and resins for the blade manufacturing process.
- Tien Li, an industrial leader in blade manufacturing, has been selected by MHI Vestas to handle production of the company’s turbine blades. The blades will be produced in Taichung.
“In bringing our market-leading 9-MW turbine platform and a rich heritage of energy infrastructure experience through Mitsubishi Group, MHI Vestas is well positioned to be the market leader in Taiwan.”
Robert Tsai, Chairman of Swancor, added: “As the pioneer of Taiwanese offshore wind farm development, Swancor is not only providing the experience to support localization but also cooperating with MHI Vestas on wind turbine blade materials, including infusion epoxy resin, bonding paste and carbon-fibre plates. I believe that this cooperation with MHI Vestas will help Taiwanese local suppliers to enter the global supply chain and help advance Taiwan offshore wind development.”
The four agreements signed form a strong foundation of supplier partnerships for MHI Vestas, with more on the way.
“In response to the government’s offshore policy, Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology Co., Ltd. plans to set up a blade factory in Taichung Harbour to develop a local supply chain for offshore wind power in Taiwan,
“Tien Li President, Jonathan Lin, said. “It is an honor to cooperate with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. TLC will combine European technology and Taiwanese management to provide blades to MHI Vestas. TLC is confident in its ambition to become the third professional offshore blade company in the world.”
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