South Korea-based wind turbine tower manufacturer CS Wind is opening its second factory in Turkey in Izmir.
South Korea-based wind turbine tower manufacturer CS Wind Senior Manager Gim Seong-gon stated that they have taken steps to expand their production networks in order to respond to the rapidly increasing global demand, “The opening of our second factory in Turkey and our existing investment plans for the third factory are examples of this.”
Seong-gon made an assessment before the opening of the second wind turbine tower production factories in Turkey to be held in Izmir on Friday.
Stating that wind energy has become the main driving force in renewable energy and its importance is gradually increasing, Seong-gon stated that especially after the Russia-Ukraine War, European countries increased their installation targets and put the commissioning dates forward in order to reduce their dependence on foreign energy resources.
Seong-gon also stated that the future for wind energy looks very bright, considering the international agreements on carbon footprint reduction.
Pointing out that they are the world’s number one tower manufacturer, Seong-gon said, “As the world’s number one tower manufacturer, we are taking the necessary steps to expand our production network in order to respond to the rapidly increasing global demand. The opening of our second factory in Turkey and our existing investment plans for the third factory are examples of this.”
“Our second factory employs approximately 250 people in Izmir”
Giving information about their first factory in Aliağa Organized Industrial Zone in 2018, Seong-gon said:
“In 2018, about 2 tower parts could be produced per week at the factory. We made the necessary investments quickly and reached the capacity to produce 20 parts per week. We started to export the majority of our production to almost all European countries, Israel, North Africa and even the USA. Our number of employees was 83 in 2018 and we will now have a total of 450 employees in our two factories. Considering İzmir and the surrounding provinces, this region is a strategic center for our production. So far, we have invested approximately 60 million dollars for our two factories in Izmir, and we have an additional capacity development plan. Our second factory in İzmir provided employment for approximately 250 people.”
Seong-gon stated that Turkey is one of the countries with the greatest potential in wind energy among European countries. He said that the production of equipment related to the wind energy sector has increased here compared to the past, but considering the strategic location of the country, they hope to see more downstream product manufacturers in Turkey and especially in Izmir.
Seong-gon said, “On the sectoral risks side, fluctuations in foreign exchange make plans for the future difficult. On the other hand, we are working on and evaluating a plan for offshore wind turbine tower production in Turkey.”
Source: Trthaber / Translated by Irem Yildiz