Ignacio Martín, Executive Chairman, Gamesa Group, and Xabier Etxeberria, Business CEO, Gamesa Group, inaugurated the new production line for manufacturing larger G114-2.0 MW machines to be launched in 2015.
For the first time in the Indian wind turbines industry, the Mamandur plant will feature an automated conveyor system in its production line which will considerably reduce the manufacturing time and ensures faster delivery. With the launch of the G114 next year, the production line will be one of the few multi-model lines in the sector assembling two models (i.e. G97-2.0 & G114-2.0) on the same line.
Ignacio Martín, Executive Chairman, Gamesa Group, said, “The positive political climate coupled with the growing demand for renewable energy was the key driver for us to further expand our presence. India is one of the top three markets for Gamesa contributing 27 per cent of the overall revenues in 3Q 2014. Gamesa plans to invest over Euro 100 million in India in the next five years. Our primary focus in India is to increase our manufacturing capability, developing our supply-chain and to increase our land bank to promote and develop wind farms.”
The plant at Mamandur is a part of the earlier investment outlay made by the parent company to further strengthen its Indian operations. The company already has two manufacturing plants in Vadodara, Gujarat, namely a blade manufacturing facility and a tower facility which is part of a JV with Daniel Alonso group.
The company also has a state-of-the-art integrated turbine monitoring and service training centre at Red Hills, Chennai. There are 1,015 people working in Gamesa India.
Xabier Etxeberria, Business CEO, Gamesa Group, said, “India has been a success story for Gamesa since we entered the country in 2009. Gamesa captured a market share of about 20 per cent of the total 2,070 MW installed in the country last year. We are committed to the Indian market and see technology as a differentiator to be the leader in the renewable energy segment. We will be introducing the next generation G114-2.0 MW turbines with longer rotors in 2015. Though this is a new turbine it leverages on the decade long experience of 18 GW of 2.0 MW platform installed globally.”
“The investment climate in India is looking positive driven by the ‘Make in India’ campaign by the Government of India. With a technologically superior turbine and an efficient plant, fuelled by the future investments, we are aiming to increase our presence substantially in the coming year. With the new G114-2.0 turbines, we are confident of offering the best value to our customers across India,” Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa India, said.
In 2013, Gamesa India added around 400 MW and this year, and this year the company is expecting to close at around 700 MW. Gamesa is also undertaking extensive engineering and service projects to add further value to its existing fleet.