Senvion, formerly known as REpower, has suspended production of offshore wind turbine blades at its Germany-based PowerBlades subsidiary and is introducing short-time working for the subsidiary's 246 employees.
‘As a result of uncertainty regarding investment, the expansion of offshore wind power in Germany has not proceeded as planned. The sector has long viewed this development with serious concern,’ Senvion says in a statement.
"As a result of a shortage [of] orders, the production of offshore blades has been suspended since the second calendar week of 2014," the company explains. "We currently anticipate that this downtime will persist until the end of 2014." However, Senvion says it has seen "encouraging signs" that the offshore sector and orders will pick up beyond this year.
"We know that short-time work is a drastic step for all our employees," the company continues. "But it is at the same time the best possible step for both sides: We can avoid laying employees off and preserve jobs for employees who are qualified, committed and trained and whom we will need again in the foreseeable future. Short-time work is also a signal to our customers: As soon as the orders start coming in, we will be able to fulfil them without any delay."