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TPI launches second China blade plant and signs supply deal with Spain’s Acciona

US firm signs multiyear supply agreement with Acciona Windpower to provide wind turbine blades from its latest wind factory in Dafeng

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Acciona said it intends to export wind turbine blades from TPI’s second China-based plant for projects around the world

US firm TPI Composites has signed a supply deal with Spain’s Acciona following launching its second wind turbine blade plant in China. TPI, which is a US wind turbine blade manufacturer, has signed the multiyear supply agreement with Acciona Windpower SA to provide blades from its latest factory in Dafeng, China.

Acciona intends to export the wind turbine blades for projects around the world, including the US. TPI said it will also manufacture high-precision moulds and assembly systems to produce Acciona’s blades at the US firm’s recently announced advanced composite tooling facility in Taicang. 

Steve Lockard, president & CEO of TPI Composites, said: “TPI is excited to continue to support new customers on a global basis, and this agreement with Acciona validates the strength and value of TPI’s dedicated supplier model.

“The Acciona Group is one of the largest developers and owners of wind power projects in the world, and we are looking forward to supporting its expanding wind turbine business globally,” he added.

TPI has been operating in China, from its Taicang plant in Jiangsu, since 2008 and is expanding its facilities with the addition of its facility in Dafeng. TPI said the location allows the US wind turbine blade manufacturer to serve multiple customers and cost-effectively deliver products to the Chinese and export markets. TPI added it has manufactured tens of thousands of high-quality wind turbine blades over a decade in Asia, Europe and the US.

Jose Luis Blanco, CEO of Acciona Windpower SA, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with TPI for the supply of AW116/125 wind blades for worldwide use. Acciona’s track record of reliability and TPI’s experience as an independent wind blade manufacturing partner will serve our needs well for years to come.”

The news from TPI is further evidence that Acciona is building up its profile in the BRIC countries. Following opening its first wind turbine assembly plant in Brazil in March 2013, the Spanish firm announced it will open a second assembly plant to manufacture wind turbines in the BRIC country this year.