Spanish company Gamesa has been designing, manufacturing and selling wind turbines for more than 15 years. Having expanded internationally over the past decade, it recently chose Scotland for the location of a specialist Offshore Wind Technology Centre, which has opened in Strathclyde.
Can you tell us more about Gamesa?
Gamesa is a global technological leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines, with more than 23,000 MW installed in over 30 countries in five continents and 15,000 MW under maintenance.
We have 31 production facilities in Europe, the US, China, India and Brazil and 8,000 employees worldwide. The company is also a world leader in the development, construction and sale of wind farms, having installed over 4,100 MW and having a portfolio of 24,500 MW in Europe, America and Asia.
How has the company developed?
Our business endeavours throughout the years have always been linked to the development of new technology. In recent years, we have focussed on the job of putting technology to the service of sustainability, mainly wind power technology.
In 1994, Gamesa embarked on the engineering, design, manufacture and sale of wind turbines, as well as the provision of specialist services. A year later, we entered into the business of developing, building and selling wind farms.
The company expanded internationally in 2000, engaging in projects in countries such as France, the UK, the US and China, before starting up its first productive facility in America and turbine factory in Tianjin in 2005. In the last few years, we have reinforced our industrial presence in the US, Asia (where we have six facilities), India and Brazil.
Why was Scotland chosen as the location for your Offshore Wind Technology Centre?
We have located our Offshore Wind Technology Centre at Strathclyde Business Park in Bellshill, and are already employing around 40 engineers. The work there is dedicated to the design and development of the company's offshore wind platforms.
The company’s decision to develop its next generation turbines technology in Scotland is a strong endorsement of the workforce and of the level of skills and expertise of this country.
How would you describe the company culture?
In Gamesa, we have strived to develop a sustainable approach via programmes focused on creating quality jobs, where workplace health and safety come first, and stable employment is a priority. Quality in employment is also reflected in the approach to work/life balance, which was designed and implemented by the company on the basis of diversity in its workforce and activity.
Our company culture is reflected in our logo. Blue means wind: the engine of our energy, as the nucleus. Green means planet, and demonstrates the commitment to sustainable development at our core. Orange represents our people: the people, work and relationships that give meaning to our activity, surrounding it all.
What are Gamesa’s plans for the future?
We want to become a benchmark in the wind power industry by offering the lowest cost of energy (CoE) while focusing on three vectors: action, innovation and technology; growth; and efficiency.
The company has an ambitious sales network that enables us to address our customer needs in five continents, and in recent months we have added more than 20 new customers to our commercial portfolio. Our new headline platform G10X-4.5 MW and our versatile G9X-2.0 MW have also been launched, and we have expanded our industrial activity into new markets such as India and Brazil.
In addition to this, we have reinforced our network of technology centres, dedicating important resources to the design and development of another of the cornerstones of our medium- and long-term growth strategy: the wind-offshore market.