TPI Composites to Expand Manufacturing in Mexico, Turkey
Wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites Inc. plans to open a second wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico.
The Arizona-based company has signed a long-term agreement with Gamesa to continue to supply wind blades from its existing Juarez, Mexico, manufacturing facility and begin producing wind blades at the new second plant in the second half of 2016.
TPI’s new Juarez manufacturing facility will consist of a 360,000-square-foot building set on 62 acres, from which the company “may expand its production capacity to serve multiple customers in the future,” said Steve Lockard, TPI’s president and CEO, adding that the blades produced at both plants will initially supply Gamesa wind turbine projects in both Latin America and the U.S.
TPI has been manufacturing in Mexico since 2002 and has been building wind blades for Gamesa since 2014.
Earlier this year, TPI signed a multi-year supply agreement with Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark to provide blades for the Vestas V126 wind turbine at its recently announced second factory in Izmir, Turkey
The plant will cover be close to 100,000 square feet with the ability to expand in the future and is scheduled to open for production in late 2016.
TPI has produced wind blades in Turkey since 2012, and is currently producing blades there for GE and Nordex wind power projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
The company is the largest U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the wind energy market and currently operates factories in the U.S. and China, as well as Mexico and Turkey.