Spain-based Gamesa has announced the opening of a new blades factory in India where it will produce components for its G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW wind turbine systems.
The new blade plant, located in the city of Vadodara, is currently staffed by 157 employees and is forecast to reach a production capacity of 390 blades in 2013.
Gamesa invested 25 million euros to commission the facility, which has already produced its first blade for the G5X-850 kW turbine. The blade factory will primarily supply India's northern states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The plant is part of a 60 million euro investment Gamesa announced in March 2011 to strengthen the company's manufacturing base in India in order to tap rising demand in the country's wind energy market. The company also has plans to build a new factory in India's Tamil Nadu state to produce nacelles.