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Siemens Invests EUR60 Million In China

2009. 22 May

( Edited Press Release FRANKFURT -(Dow Jones)- Siemens AG is expanding its global manufacturing network for wind turbine plants and is building a new production facility in Lingang New City in Shanghai.

By establishing this new rotor blade and nacelle plant, the company is further strengthening its environmental portfolio. This new facility is scheduled to take up operation in the second half of 2010, initially with 400 employees.

The wind turbine plants produced in Shanghai will be for the Chinese market and for export. Siemens is investing more than EUR60 million in setting up this new location.

The new production site will have a total space of 180,000 square meters and be situated at an excellent location with regard to shipping and traffic facilities, being in the direct vicinity of the Yang Shan deep-sea harbor. Siemens will initially produce blades for 2.3 megawatt and 3.6 MW wind turbine plants. These blades will be produced using the IntegralBlade process patented by Siemens, without any glued joints that are susceptible to damage. Wind turbine plant nacelles will also be produced at this new plant.

A nacelle is mounted on the top of the tower and supports the rotor as well as encloses a wind turbine plant's major components for electric power generation; these include the gearbox, the drive train as well as the control electronics. The production capacity for the new facility is initially planned at 500 MW annually. The first wind turbine blades and nacelles are scheduled to leave the plant in time for the EXPO 2010 international exhibition in Shanghai.

Siemens has already reserved additional space in Lingang for potential expansion of this production facility, however.

Wind turbine plants are an important component of the Siemens environmental portfolio, which earned the company revenues of nearly EUR19 billion in fiscal 2008, roughly a quarter of Siemens total revenues.