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Vestas to cut 590 jobs, scale down in Germany and Denmark

Christian Fernsby |
To meet the manufacturing requirements of their changing product portfolio including the introduction of their EnVentus platform and 4 MW platform variants Vestas intends to scale down production of V136 blades and invest in other blade types and capabilities according to market demand.

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Topics: VESTAS    JOBS       GERMANY    DENMARK   

The changes in Vestas’ product portfolio calls for a scale-down of V136 blade production in Europe while investing in other blade types such as V117 and V150.

With the adjustment, we seek to ensure our ability to deliver the right products at the right time at the right cost to our global customer base.

Specifically, the scale-down of V136 blade production in Europe will impact our facilities in Lauchhammer, Germany and in Lem, Denmark, where we intend to reduce our workforce at the two sites by a total of approximately 590 hourly-paid employees.

Vestas continues to produce blades for its 2 MW and 4 MW platforms in Europe, while preparing to develop the current and future EnVentus blade variants.

The Lauchhammer factory will continue to produce V117 blades and Vestas will upgrade the V117 blade moulds to ensure continued production, while limited production of V136 blades also will continue.

The intended workforce reductions include approximately 500 hourly-paid employees, specifically 170 third-party employees and 330 temporary workers.

This represents an approximately 50 percent reduction in the number of employees at the factory.

Germany remains a key market to Vestas, with more than 14 GW of installed turbines, 11 GW under service and more than 2,300 employees after the intended workforce reduction.

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