Vestas has signed a multi-year framework agreement with its long-time partner TPI Composites Inc. (TPI), a supplier of wind turbine blades and services, in an effort to strengthen the company’s scalable global supply chain network for current and future wind turbine blades.
TPI is currently supplying a range of blade variants to Vestas’ 2 and 4 MW platforms as well as the EnVentus platform. TPI will continue the supply of blades from its existing global production footprint, while optimising the production setup in current facilities, and evaluate new locations for possible future growth in strategic markets. Blade 2 Cast
Vestas and TPI are equally investigating further collaboration possibilities for the V163-4.5 MW and V236-15.0 MW turbines and assessing the optimal manufacturing and production location setup for these new blades.
”The continued and expanded partnership highlights how we are increasingly collaborating with partners, and how we continue to evolve and re-shape the industry together,” said Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Vestas.
”We have been working together with TPI since 2014 and during that time, they have become one of our most trusted and strategic blade partners. With this agreement, we are happy to continue this journey, leveraging their global footprint and providing scalable, high-quality, and sustainable supply together.”
The new agreement is a continuation of the existing Vestas and TPI partnership agreement, and is said to further build on the expanding capabilities of TPI and the core strengths of both companies.
The partnership highlights how Vestas continues to optimise its supply chain and manufacturing setup by building strategic partnerships with its key partners leveraging the partners’ knowledge, capabilities, and global footprint, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer said.
Sharing manufacturing operations across the renewables industry is more relevant than ever to ensure sites are not sitting idle and creates a flexible, scalable, and efficient supply chain that enables industrial scale to meet global net-zero ambitions, Vestas said.
”We are proud of our long and successful partnership with Vestas and are pleased that Vestas has chosen to further expand its relationship with TPI. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the supply of current and future blade models, blade design, and other services globally,” said Bill Siwek, CEO, TPI Composites Inc.
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Photo: Blade moulds for Vestas 15 MW wind turbine. Source: Vestas
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