Siemens subsidiary Gamesa eliminates up to 600 jobs

The price pressure in the wind power industry is great for the turbine manufacturer. That is why employees are now being dismissed at two Danish locations.

Copenhagen The Siemens wind power subsidiary Gamesa wants to reduce up to 600 jobs in Denmark. “These difficult steps are necessary to respond responsibly to an increasingly competitive industry environment,” said Denmark’s Chief Executive Andreas Nauen on Thursday. The job cuts are the result of Siemens Gamesa’s decision to abandon the production of direct drive turbines for land use due to the price war in the industry.

The cuts affect the turbine construction in Brande and the production of rotor blades in Aalborg. Siemens Gamesa is relying instead on onshore turbines with gearboxes, which increase the energy transfer from the rotor to the generator.

Siemens Gamesa had recently filed interest in parts of insolvent smaller rival Senvion. According to negotiating circles, this concerns the maintenance and servicing of onshore wind farms as well as the production of rotor blades in Portugal. Denmark is home to Siemens Gamesa’s biggest competitor, Vestas.

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