Mitsubishi/TPI Wind Blade Factory Triples Capacity in Mexico

VienTek LLC, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MPS) and TPI Composites, Inc. (TPI), plans to triple the capacity of its wind blade manufacturing operation in Juarez, Mexico, from 400 megawatts (MW) to 1200 MW per year.

VienTek, which manufactures blades using TPI’s patented SCRIMP process technology, an advanced form of vacuum infusion, manufactures 30M class blades for the MPS MWT62 turbine and has begun to manufacture 45M class blades for Mitsubishi’s MWT92 and MWT95 turbines. VienTek also manages a 15-acre blade-storage facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “We are thrilled with the growth of the wind industry and stand ready to provide blades to meet MPS’ needs from our VienTek operation,” said Steven C. Lockard, president and chief executive officer of TPI and VienTek. When this expansion is complete in October 2007, VienTek will have two plants on one campus with more than 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 800 employees. VienTek has taken control of the complete 45-acre land site that provides space for further expansion. “MPS has launched a significant expansion plan for all of our key wind turbine components, including blades from VienTek, to provide for the growth of our wind business,” said Ichiro Itoh, senior vice president of MPS, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and a world class leader in the supply of power plant equipment.
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