GURIT
Prepregs manufacturing for wind power rotor blades to be concentrated in Spain / UK production will be shut down
Changes in rotor blade production for wind turbines over the last few years, away from the use of prepregs and towards infusion technology, has induced composites specialist Gurit (Wattwil / Switzerland; www.gurit.com) to shift Gurit UK 's prepregs production from its site in Newport / UK to its sister plant in Albacete / Spain. Around 70 of the 300 jobs in Newport will be lost, although production of formulated products and the automotive technology centre at the site will not be affected. The move is scheduled for completion by mid-2018. Gurit expects one-off costs of around CHF 3.9m (EUR 3.4m).

With this step, two plants operating below capacity would be combined in one, said a company spokesperson to Plasteurope.com. Automotive and boat building applications had not been able to make up for the decline in the wind power segment. The relocation of production will not, however, lead to any overall reduction in volume. In Albacete, new jobs were to be created, said the Gurit spokesperson, but it was not yet clear how many.

Following the closure of prepreg production plants for rotor blade manufacture in China and Canada over the last few years, Albacete will, from 2018, be the only production facility for these materials worldwide within the company. Gurit also operates two prepreg plants in Kassel / Germany and Zullwil / Switzerland that are specialised in aerospace applications.
12.10.2017 Plasteurope.com [238084-0]
Published on 12.10.2017
German version...German version of this article...
© 2001-2017 Plasteurope.com

Plasteurope.com is a business information platform for the European plastics industry. It is part of KI Kunststoff Information and PIE Plastics Information Europe, one of the leading content providers for the European plastics industry. We offer daily updated business news and reports, in-depth market analysis, polymer prices and other services for the international plastics industry, including a suppliers guide, career opportunities, a trade name directory and videos.

News | Polymer Prices | Material Databases | Plastics Exchange | Suppliers Guide | Jobs | Trade Names | Videos | Associations & Institutions | Register | Advertising

PIE – Plastics Information Europe | KI – Kunststoff Information | KunststoffWeb | Plastics Material Exchange | Polyglobe | K-Profi
© 2001-2017 by Plasteurope.com, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 19.10.2017 00:21:57   (Ref: 966297448)
Text and images are subject to copyright and other laws for protection of intellectual property.
Any duplication or distribution in any media as a whole or in parts requires prior written approval by Plasteurope. URL: http://www.plasteurope.com/news/detail.asp