GE Renewable Energy Business’ subsidiary LM Wind Power has completed the acquisition of WMC wind turbine blade test center in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands.
LM Wind Power’s acquisition was announced back this July. This facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines and will also continue to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services to the wider wind industry in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
LM Wind Power plans to expand and develop the facility in the future. The company will retain all the 23 employees at the facility to fuel the growth of the business.
At the time of announcement of the acquisition LM Wind Power CEO Duncan Berry said: “We are delighted to retain the talented existing workforce and supplement LM Wind Power and GE’s growing presence in a strategic green industry in the Netherlands.
“These are valuable, senior, technical jobs and we provide employment to a significant and increasing number of graduates and post graduates from the best Dutch Universities including Delft, Twente, Eindhoven and Amsterdam.”
LM Wind Power claims to have a growing presence in the Netherlands. It has its global management office at the World Trade Center, Schiphol, where 44 employees work. Its research facility in Heerhugowaard employs 40.
GE acquired LM Wind Power in last April and the acquisition has helped in providing advanced wind turbine blades to its customers.
LM Wind Power CEO Duncan Berry said: “The new test facilities will further contribute to LM Wind Power’s research and development capabilities for the design and manufacture of advanced wind turbine blades and other components.