Danish tower manufacturer Welcon and US-based fabricator Marmen have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate.
The companies plan to form a jointly-owned entity to attempt to secure orders for offshore wind towers and foundations for offshore windfarms in the US. They plan to build a manufacturing plant in the northeastern part of the country to fabricate towers and ‘Stiesdal foundations.’
Marmen specialises in high-precision machining, fabrication and assembly and is one of the largest manufacturers of onshore wind towers in North America. Welcon is a leading manufacturer of offshore wind towers and holds worldwide production rights for Stiesdal floating and bottom-fixed offshore foundations.
Marmen president Patrick Pellerin said, “We are very excited about our new partnership. We strongly believe that it represents the best combination of expertise and talent to dive into the huge opportunity that the US offshore wind market represents.”
Welcon chairman Carsten Pedersen said the agreement unites two experienced companies in the wind industry in a joint venture that “contains all the ingredients needed to design, build and operate a modern tower/foundation factory.” He said the facility would make use of lean production techniques and robot technology.