Gamesa has announced that it will invest more than 60 million euros through 2012 to build new manufacturing plants in India. The company plans to open a turbine blade factory this year, with initial production capacity of 300 MW, and will localize production of its G9X-2.0 MW turbine in the country in 2012.
The new factory, which will be located in northwest India's Gujarat state, will make blades for the G5X-0.850 kW turbine. Furthermore, the facility may produce components for higher-capacity machines, such as the G9X-2.0 MW, according to the company.
Gamesa intends to open additional manufacturing plants in India in the coming years to produce nacelles and towers (via joint ventures) at several locations in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
As part of its strategy for cementing its Indian business with footholds in both manufacturing and technology, Gamesa has also inaugurated its first technology center in the country, located in Chennai.
Gamesa plans to recruit a total of 100 engineers this year as it conducts research and development activities in India, though it may double that number in 2012. The tech center will work with the local supply chain and collaborate with energy experts, universities and institutions to research and develop manufacturing materials and processes.
In February 2010, Gamesa began production at its first manufacturing site in India, in the area of Red Hills, adjacent to the city of Chennai in southeast India. The facility, which makes Gamesa G58-850 kW turbines, was initially outfitted with an annual production capacity of 200 MW.
However, the plant's manufacturing capabilities were expanded more quickly than planned due to the need to meet sharp growth in demand, prompting the company to boost the factory's assembly capacity to nearly 500 MW by the end of 2010.
Gamesa's 2011-2013 business plan targets average annual sales growth of 166% in India (based on 2009-2013 guidance), with manufacturing capacity forecast to exceed 800 MW in 2013.
In related news, Gamesa has received a certificate from GL Renewables Certification for its G52-850 kW Class I 60 HZ wind turbine. The turbine is designed for problematic locations, such as difficult-to-access sites, high elevations, locations with high concentrations of particulates and corrosive atmospheric conditions or sites with stringent seismic requirements, according to the company.
The certification allows Gamesa to better position itself in emerging wind markets, such as Central America, South America and East Asia, according to the company.