Paulo Soares, Siemens Gamesa’s APAC chief, said recently in an interview that its Tianjin-based facility is the company’s major wind turbine manufacturing base.
According to the latest data, Tianjin facility produced more than 2.3 GW of onshore wind turbines for Siemens Gamesa in 2020, accounting for more than 30% of the global production of 7.7 GW.
While the Chinese wind market is dominated by domestic brands, Siemens Gamesa sold an average 700 to 800 MW of wind turbines to the market every year, noted Soares.
“Siemens Gamesa built factories in China to stay competitive in the largest wind power market. Since capacities in the Tianjin-based and Shanghai-based blade manufacturing facilities far exceed domestic demand, they are our main manufacturing plant for global Siemens Gamesa hub,” explained Soares.
“To us, setting up factories in China is a strategy to achieve cost competitiveness, secure supply chains, and global standardization. This way, we can supply products to anywhere in the world. I would call it a global Siemens Gamesa manufacturing hub rather than China or Asia Pacific manufacturing base,” added Soares.
The Tianjin-based facility mainly produces onshore wind turbines with a power rating ranging from 2 to 4 MW. To meet demand from developers for turbines with bigger capacity, it has also begun to produce turbines rated more than 5 MW.