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Windtec: World Market Leader In Only 5 Years

Published: November 8, 2010; 14:09 · (Vindobona)

The Carinthian developer of wind turbines has catapulted in just five years to the the position of global market leader.

Windtec: World Market Leader In Only 5 Years / Picture: © Flickr

Windtec is a technology company focusing on the development of wind turbines. The plants themselves however are not built by Windtec. Martin Fischer, the managing director says: "We are responsible for the engineering and manufacture only the brain of the wind turbines".

Sales are already around 115 million euro. Since 2005, the workforce has increased from 17 to 200 people.  Windtec is a subsidiary of the U.S. based AMSC group, and the Carinthian site has since proved the most profitable for the Americans. In particular, the development of offshore facilities is most lucrative.

The expansion plans arise by themselves, as the growth potential for wind energy has almost no limits. The global energy demand is still on the rise and there is the will on the part of the economy and the politicians to substitute fossil fuels with alternative energy sources, according to sources from Windtec.

In future, a new type of wind turbine will be generated: instead of the usual three megawatts, five megawatts will be produced per turbine. Fischer says: "At the end of the year the first facilities of this kind will be put in operation in China. Soon afterwards, we want to expand into Korea". The local partners there are Hyundai and Sinovel.