Vestas is expanding its partnership with gearbox provider ZF to offer global service solutions for customers’ gearboxes. As a result, Vestas will become ZF’s preferred supplier to perform uptower repair work and ZF becomes Vestas’ preferred supplier for shop repairs and replacement units.
Vestas says it has a long track record of efficiently repairing gearboxes on site, without removing them from the turbine, saving significant time and reducing cost. This expertise will result in unparalleled speed and efficiency offered to fleet owners worldwide.
The company aims to offer its customers solutions that can lower gearbox repair costs, decrease downtime, and limit additional future repairs.
“By partnering with ZF, we can return the turbine to service faster than anyone in the market and leverage our extensive volume with ZF to have best-in-market pricing, terms, and lead times,” said Christian Venderby, GSVP, Service. “And depending on the customers’ asset management strategy, we can now deliver everything from a standalone uptower repair to a complete exchange and turnkey solution globally.”
The partnership will also promote mutual knowledge transfer, cooperation on training, and joint documentation development.
Venderby added: “With this new partnership, we are expanding our gearbox capabilities and are at the same time lowering the total cost of ownership — all to the benefit of our customers”.
ZF develops, manufactures, and repairs gearboxes for the wind industry at plants and repair shops in Germany, Belgium, China, the U.S., and India. Going forward, Vestas and ZF will also collaborate on new repair and gearbox service products that can benefit the rest of the industry.
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