The Nordex Group, a Germany-based manufacturer of wind turbines for the renewable energy sector, announced it will set up a manufacturing plant in the municipality of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Moving forward, rotor blades totaling more than 1GW capacity per year will be produced there for both the local and global markets.
Production will be equally extended to rotor blades for the large turbines of both the AW and the Delta4000 platforms, and is scheduled to start in spring 2019. The production hall is currently being equipped with modern production molds.
The company declined to reveal the amount of investment allocated in this project, but it said the facility will create around 900 direct and indirect job positions once fully operational.
“With the plant in Matamoros, we are responding to the sharp rise in global demand for our products. In addition to the existing rotor blade production facilities in different regions, we can now also manufacture our rotor blades in the vicinity of the North and Latin American growth markets. This increases significantly our competitiveness,” said in a statement José Luis Blanco, CEO of the Nordex Group.
It is worth noting that Nordex is the second wind blades manufacturer that arrives in Matamoros in recent years.
Last year, Arizona-based manufacturer TPI started operations at the same location where it builds wind blades for other producers such as Vesta and General Electric.
TPI and Nordex have signed multiyear supply agreements in the past to share manufacturing costs in Europe.
Rather than building its own manufacturing plant it is likely that Nordex will carry out operations at the TPI Matamoros facility, although neither company has confirmed this presumption.