• Eight of world’s top 10 wind turbine manufacturers now GWO Members • Collaboration is key to creating safer and more productive workforce
Global Wind Organisation is pleased to announce that the Nordex Group has become its 17th member company.
The group is one of the world’s largest turbine manufacturers, employing 5.500 people in 40 countries.
As a new member, the Nordex Group commits to using GWO standards where appropriate for its employees and contractors.
By doing so, the companies behind GWO have created a globally recognised standard of training, helping almost 80,000 people to work safely in a wind turbine environment.
David Goodfellow, Head of Quality, Health Safety &Environment for Northern Europe at the Nordex Group explained: “The decision to join GWO complements Nordex’s existing global safety management system. In addition to our own proprietary training requirements, we already expect many of our people to have similar if not identical credentials to GWO.”
“In addition, an increasing number of our customers in the utility sector want their main contractors and employees to work according to a recognised level of safety and technical competence. GWO standards and the transparency of the WINDA database in which workers’ certificates can be viewed online will help us meet this important customer need.”
The Nordex Group will now contribute directly to the development of GWO standards moving forward.
Eloy Jauregui, Safety Director of Acciona Energía and Chair of Global Wind Organisation said: “The wind energy industry can have a saferand more productive workforce if major employers collaborate, so we are delighted a global manufacturer such as the Nordex Group is bringing its considerable expertise to the table.”
About the Nordex Group
The Group has installed more than 25 GW of wind power capacity in over 40 markets and generated sales of around EUR 2.5 billion in 2018. The company currently has more than 5,500 employees. The Group’s manufacturing network includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the USA,India, with plants in Argentina and Mexico to be added soon. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 2.4 to 5.X MW class which are designed to meet the market requirements of countries with limited available space and regions with limited grid capacity.
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