Jiangsu, China [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] China Wind Systems Inc. announced that it has initiated equipment installation for the first phase of a planned expansion designed to increase the company’s forging capacity for the wind power industry. The company is currently installing a ring-rolling mill and a 4,500-ton press to produce rolled rings up to 6.3 meters in diameter with cross sections measuring up to 700 millimeters.The total planned capacity of the company’s phase one expansion is 40,000 tons of rolled rings, flanges, shafts and gear rims. Upon completion of the equipment installation, China Wind Systems will be capable of manufacturing forged products such as rolled rings, flanges and gear rims used in up to 5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine units, as well as shafts used in 1-MW to 3-MW wind turbine units.
China Wind said that it is on schedule to produce prototype products in September 2008 and to start full production in October.
“We are confident that our prototypes will meet with the required standards of our potential customers and we will, in turn, secure sizable contracts for the fourth quarter 2008 and full year 2009,” said Jianhua Wu, CEO of China Wind Systems. “With the addition of our new forging capacity, we look forward to addressing the shortage of wind-power components in the Chinese wind power industry.”