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Composite firms in Swiss supply deal for advanced blades in China

Long-term agreement will supply balsa core materials for composite turbines in the Chinese wind energy market

The deal will supply composite materials for advanced wind turbine blades
The deal will supply composite materials for advanced wind turbine blades in China

Swiss and Chinese composite firms have signed a deal that is set to develop advanced wind turbine blades in China. Switzerland firm Gurit and Beijing’s Sino Composite has signed the long-term agreement to immediately initiate supplies of balsa core materials for the Chinese wind energy market.

Gurit said: “The agreement provides Sino Composite with a strong and stable source of high-quality balsa core material. The company added the contract represents a “great opportunity for Gurit to more rapidly penetrate the Chinese composite market through Sino Composite’s well-established customer base”.

Sino-Composite Co Beijing, is a provider of composite materials and core material kits for wind energy turbines and other composite application markets in China.

Gurit is a global supplier of advanced composite materials for the wind energy market. The company says it is unique in covering both infusion and prepreg blade technology and has the capability to supply all the relevant materials needed for building a composite blade.

This is not the first time that the company has set up business partnerships with companies in China. In 2007, Gurit became the first global supplier of prepreg to the wind energy market when a new facility was opened in Tianjin, China. In 2009 Gurit also acquired Chinese wind blade mould manufacturer Suzhou Red Maple, now known as Red Maple, the tooling business of Gurit. It also has a majority stake in the Chinese structural foam company, China Techno Foam Co in Qingdao.