With the arrival of a new blade mould at the company’s UK factory, MHI Vestas is forecasting up to 1,100 new jobs and £42M (US$54M) of additional economic benefit per year to the regional economy.
Following the company’s recruitment kick-off on 15 October 2018 and delivery of its new blade mould, production is expected to begin production as early as January 2019.
MHI Vestas vice president blades Bo Jensen said “This expansion effort is one of the most ambitious blade initiatives we have ever undertaken.
“In close co-operation with the Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight College and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, our training and certification programmes are paving the way for the next generation of offshore wind specialists. This development of green energy manufacturing skills will not only benefit MHI Vestas but will also serve to elevate the regional composites industry as well.”
MHI Vestas UK country manager, Julian Brown said, “Among all the uncertainty these days, hundreds of new employees are readying themselves for years of series production. It’s offshore wind at its finest – large-scale manufacturing, sustainable jobs, considerable economic benefit to local communities, and a green energy source driving the UK toward a carbon-free future.”
An economic impact analysis conducted by BVG Associates has concluded that, in addition to the 380 new direct jobs at the Isle of Wight blade factory and paint and logistics facility at Fawley, an additional 720 indirect and induced jobs will be added as a result of the company’s expansion effort. The same analysis concluded that the total economic impact would be £42M additional value-add per year to the regional economy when the second mould is fully operational.
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