Wind Turbine Supply Chain Set to be Leaner, Tighter and More Responsive

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The last 12 months have been tough with wind turbine component suppliers having to become leaner, tighter, and more responsive to a rapidly evolving industry. For the wind turbine supply chain the past 12 months have been about component redesign, reconfiguration of component production lines, realignment of manufacturing locations and more conservative capacity addition. The demand gap brought about by the financial crisis has forced turbine component suppliers to downsize and refocus capacity.

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However, suppliers are now better positioned to respond quickly to the market and the wind industry is also becoming truly global with significant advances being made in Europe, North America and Asia. In addition, the rapid growth of the offshore wind market has created further opportunities for suppliers. As a result manufacturers and component suppliers have now had to start thinking globally.

The downturn taught the industry many lessons, perhaps most importantly the need to build a much tighter supply chain. But there are still many lessons to be learnt in order to drive this – what can appear to be at times young and high risk – industry forward.

Wind industry supply chain to meet to discuss critical supply chain challenges

With this background over 160 industry leaders will be meeting next week at the 2nd annual Global Wind Turbine Supply Chain conference (Hamburg, October 5-6th, 2010) [ hosted by Wind Energy Update to discuss the following:

  • Maximising the global supply chain - markets, opportunities and development trends
  • Manufacturing and technology solutions to reduce lead times, cost and capacity
  • Global, regional and local logistics challenges identified and resolved
  • OEM order book insight to aid production planning
  • Ensuring flexibility and improve supply chain transparency
  • Unlocking the opportunities in the offshore market

Jing Zhang from organisers Wind Energy Updated said "The conference has been created specifically to plug the gaps in supply chain knowledge, provide practical answers, and build the relationships needed to do business in this competitive arena."

Zhang continues "Attendees will be better prepared to help seize global opportunities, fend off growing competition and strengthen market position. Put simply it's an unprecedented opportunity to meet, hear from and do business with international wind turbine OEMs, large scale component suppliers, manufacturing and logistics firms, production specialists, technology innovators and supply chain experts to tackle the challenges facing the wind turbine industry head on!"

Industry leaders already confirmed to attend include Siemens Wind Power, Vestas, Xinjiang Goldwind, Acciona Windpower, REpower Systems, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, BARD Holding, LM Wind Power, Winergy, ABB, SIAG, DHL,TMO Logistics, Ashland, Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services among a host of others.

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