MHI Vestas to source additional key turbine components locally in Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan
September 9, 2020

Fassmer Atech Composites Taiwan joint venture to supply MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with spinner covers and nacelle covers for upcoming Taiwanese projects.

Adding to its already lengthy list of components to be sourced in Taiwan for upcoming projects, MHI Vestas has concluded a purchase agreement with the Fassmer Atech Composites Taiwan Ltd. (FACT) joint venture for local supply of spinner covers and nacelle covers.

Spinner covers and nacelle covers are made of a composite glassfiber material and protect the wind turbine systems from the external environment at sea, particularly valuable for often-harsh conditions off the coast of Taiwan.

These components will be used at MHI Vestas’ Changfang Phase 2, Xidao and Zhong Neng projects, adding further credibility to the world’s most ambitious localisation plan currently being delivered by MHI Vestas in Taiwan.

The spinner covers and nacelle covers will be produced for MHI Vestas’ V174 turbines at FACT’s facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“While the offshore wind supply chain is advancing in Taiwan through our early projects, creating opportunities for knowledge transfer is important,” said Maida Zahirovic, MHI Vestas Taiwan Business Director. “The joint venture between Fassmer, a known supplier for wind products, and Atech Composites, a skilled manufacturer with a top class facility, is a perfect fit for building technical knowledge in spinner and nacelle covers in Taiwan. This purchase agreement demonstrates how we are able to facilitate sustainable localisation in Taiwan through certainty in volume.”

“We are delighted to be working with MHI Vestas to supply some of the first offshore wind projects in Taiwan with locally-made spinner covers and nacelle covers,” said Holger Fassmer, Managing Director at Fassmer and Chairman of the Board at FACT. “Our joint venture with Atech Composites, and this contract, creates significant value for the offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan. The production of spinner covers and nacelle covers for MHI Vestas’ V174 platform will ensure that these components made in Taiwan become globally competitive through consistency in volume.”

“Partnering with Fassmer, an established wind power business, is a wonderful opportunity for our company to enter the offshore wind industry,” said Chris Chen, Managing Director of Atech Composites and FACT. “Our facility in Kaohsiung will be the production and operation centre for the spinner covers and nacelle covers, so we will create many sustainable, local jobs in offshore wind here in Taiwan. We are pleased to be supplying MHI Vestas for their V174 turbines.”

Contracts have now been signed by MHI Vestas in Taiwan for local supply of blades, blade materials (bonding glue, resin, pultruded carbon plates), towers, switchgear, rotor hubs, hub plates, nacelle base frames, low voltage cabinets, UPS systems, PCM assembly, spinner covers and nacelle covers with further local supply chain contracts planned for 2020.

At present, MHI Vestas is the only wind turbine manufacturer to procure blades, blade materials, switchgear, fasteners and cables from within Taiwan.

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S (50%) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (50%). The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment.

MHI Vestas Taiwan Supply Chain Progress

  • 15 May 2018: MoU for generators with TECO/The Switch
  • 24 March 2020: Purchase agreement for blade manufacturing with Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology Co., Ltd.
  • 28 April 2020: Purchase agreement for blade materials (pultruded carbon plates, resin, and bonding glue) with Swancor
  • 23 June 2020: Purchase agreement for high voltage switchgear with Mitsubishi Electric / Shihlin Electric and Engineering Corporation
  • 30 June 2020: Purchase agreement for rotor hubs, hub plates and nacelle base frames with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group
  • 13 July 2020: Contracts for fasteners with Boltun Corporation and cables with Walsin Lihwa Corporation
  • 16 July 2020: Purchase agreement for PCM assembly, low voltage cabinets and UPS systems with KK Wind Solutions Taiwan
  • 19 August 2020: Purchase agreement for tower supply with CS Wind / Chin Fong
  • 9 September 2020: Purchase agreement for spinner cover and nacelle cover with Fassmer Atech Composites Taiwan Ltd.

About Fassmer

Fassmer is a dynamic family-owned shipyard in its fifth generation founded in 1850. The internationally successful company is active in six business areas: Shipbuilding, Wind Power, Composite Technology, Boats and Davits, Deck Equipment and Fassmer Service. Fassmer’s clients appreciate the close cooperation with research institutes, innovative in-house design and engineering, modern production facilities and a worldwide service network.

About Atech Composites

Located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Atech Composites Co., Ltd is one of Horizon Group members and is specialized in FPR component manufacturing for more than 20 years. Atech’s composite product ranges expand from Marine to Aviation, National Defense Industry, Transportation, Infrastructure and Onshore Wind Energy. Atech currently is the only FRP component manufacturer in Asia to provide total solution for large-scale FRP component manufacturing.