The Timken Company yesterday announced that it had received a contract worth US$26 million to supply wind turbine products and services to China’s Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Company, one of the top five wind power equipment manufacturers in the world.
According to Goldwind, in 2009 it received new wind power capacity orders for about 2,722 megawatts (MW), accounting for approximately 19.7 percent of the wind generation added in China last year.
The company’s said that Goldwind’s contract with Timken will support more than 1,500 MW of new wind power capacity. It also helps Timken further itself as a manufacturer for the wind industry. The company will be providing its advanced bearings that include its new UltraWind tapered roller bearings and condition-monitoring systems. These bearings will go into Goldwind’s 1.5-MW and 2.5-MW platforms.
Timken recently began producing ultra-large bore bearings for wind turbines in Xiangtan, Hunan Province, and retooled and expanded its U.S. facilities in Asheboro, N.C. and Tyger River, S.C. to provide parts to the wind industry. This is in addition to Timken’s existing wind-bearing production in Wuxi, China; Chennai, India; and Ploiesti, Romania.
The companies said that they will collaborate on future wind-turbine developments.