TPI Composites Inc., an independent manufacturer of composite wind blades, has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Vestas to provide blades from two manufacturing lines (with an option to add more lines) for the V136 wind turbine for markets in Central and South America.
The blades will be produced at TPI’s new Matamoros, Mexico, facility, which is scheduled to open for production in the first half of 2018. TPI’s new manufacturing hub will serve wind markets in Mexico and Central and South America via land and rail and by water from the port of Brownsville, Texas. The facility, located on a 13-hectare site, will initially be 48,000 square meters (with room to expand).
“We are excited that Vestas has chosen to partner with TPI on blade production again and in a third geography to serve the growing Latin American wind market,” states Steve Lockard, president and CEO of TPI Composites.
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., TPI operates factories throughout the U.S., China, Mexico and Turkey. The company has produced wind blades in Mexico since 2002 and is currently producing blades in three facilities in Ciudad Juarez.