Vestas has announced to start manufacturing new larger wind turbine blades at their factory on the Isle of Wight. Moreover, the latest manufacturing operations will create 50 new jobs. The new manufacturing line will start operations later this year.

Company is increasing its manufacturing capacity

The company will manufacture blades for its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine at its Isle of Wight plant. The V174-9.5 MW is considered as industry’s most powerful and commercially proven output. The new manufacturing line will specifically support turbine deliveries to a European offshore wind project. In addition, it will also add to its existing manufacturing capacity in Denmark and Taiwan. Moreover, the Isle of Wight plant currently produces V164 turbine blades and has delivered over 1,000 blades to North European markets.

Vestas has delivered V164 blades from the Isle of Wight to seven of the UK’s largest offshore wind projects. “Vestas has invested in the UK for 20 years, and we have great pride in the technical expertise in blade manufacturing we have developed at our Isle of Wight plant.” Johnny Høy Henriksen, chief operating officer for Northern and Central Europe said in his statement.

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    Currently, the Vestas factory at Isle of Wight is employing more than 650 full-time. The added manufacturing capacity will also lead to creation of 50 new jobs at the factory. This is a big boost for the factory as it is creating jobs in these challenging times when companies are going for job cuts. “I’ve talked with Vestas this morning, who confirmed the great news about their investment in the Island. In the past months, Vestas have been talking to Government about building the new generation of larger, 85-metre, wind turbine blades here on the Island.” Local MP Bob Seely has welcomed the news in a statement. In addition, Bob Seely said. “This decision is important not only for high-quality jobs for Islanders but it’s also important for Britain as we increase the supply of renewable energy. I understand that there will be another 50 roles at Vestas, bringing their total Island workforce to 700”.

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