TPI Composites, Inc., currently the largest U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades, announced that it has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Vestas Wind Systems A/S. The agreement is to provide blades from two manufacturing lines (with option to add more lines) for the V136 wind-turbine for markets in Central and South America.
The blades will be produced at a new facility in Matamoros, Mexico, which is scheduled to open for production in the first half of 2018. The facility, located on a 13-hectare site, will initially be 48,000 square meters with room to expand.
TPI says its new manufacturing hub will be able to reliably and cost-effectively serve wind markets in Mexico, Central, and South America via land, rail, and by water from the port of Brownsville, Texas.
“We are excited that Vestas has chosen to partner with TPI on blade production again and in a third geography to serve the growing Latin American wind market,” said Steve Lockard, President and CEO of TPI Composites.
Jean-Marc Lechêne, Executive Vice President and COO of Vestas added, “We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with TPI to help Vestas serve Mexico, Central, and South America with high-quality, cost competitive wind blades from its world-class facility and the first wind projects to be served will be located in Mexico.”
TPI has produced wind blades in Mexico since 2002, and is currently producing blades in three facilities in Ciudad Juarez.