Siemens ratifies new wind turbine factory

Monday, 17 August, 2015 - 10:30
A rendering shows how the wind turbine factory is intended to appear in the eastern harbor area of Cuxhaven, Germany. (Graphik: Siemens)
A rendering shows how the wind turbine factory is intended to appear in the eastern harbor area of Cuxhaven, Germany. (Graphik: Siemens)

Upon a signing ceremony Siemens has confirmed its plans for building a new production site in Cuxhaven. With this, the starting signal for the plant has been launched in which, in future, the nacelles shall be produced.

Only a few days after announcing the project, Siemens AG senior management and political leaders gathered in Cuxhaven for a signing ceremony for the planned facility. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, and Ulrich Getsch, Mayor of Cuxhaven, signed documents on the investment. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, attended the ceremony, as well as Olaf Lies, Minister of Economic Affairs for Lower Saxony.

“Today is an important day for German industry, for the North Sea region and for Germany as a business region. The offshore wind turbine plant we are going to build is a model for successful collaboration between politics and business.” Minister Lies referred to the up to 1,000 employees at the factory and the resulting secondary effects on regional employment in his speech: “Siemens is bringing a fresh breeze to the coast of Lower Saxony, to Cuxhaven, an area with proven expertise in wind power. This is no coincidence! I am particularly glad to see the offshore wind industry’s effect as an amplifier for the job market in northern Germany. We’ve always believed in the offshore wind industry, and have worked intensively to support it,” said Kaeser.

For Wind Power CEO Tacke, the decision to build this factory is an important milestone in the future of offshore wind power. “Today marks the conclusion of a lengthy planning phase, but it is also the beginning of an exciting new chapter. We are confident that our business will continue to grow, and additional capacity is essential. We invest where we see opportunities for growth, and we see Germany and Northern Europe as dynamic growth markets.”

Katharina Garus / Siemens

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