LM Wind Power

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LM Wind Power
Industry Wind Energy
Founded 1940 (as Lunderskov Møbelfabrik) in Lunderskov, Denmark
Headquarters Kolding, Denmark
Number of locations
13 locations in 8 countries (Denmark, Spain, USA, Canada, India, China, Poland and Brazil)[1]
Products Wind turbine rotor blades
Owner Doughty Hanson & Co
Number of employees
4,505 (end 2014)[1]
Website lmwindpower.com

LM Wind Power (formerly LM Glasfiber[2]) is the world's largest independent supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry.[3] More than 175,000 LM Wind Power blades have been produced since 1978, corresponding to more than 70 GW installed wind power capacity and each year effectively replacing more than 120 million tons of CO2.[3]

History[edit]

LM Wind Power was founded in 1940 as Lunderskov Møbelfabrik (Lunderskov furniture factory) in the small town Lunderskov, Denmark. In 1952 they investigated the possibilities of commercial exploitation of glass fiber technology, which made them change their name to LM Glasfiber and abandon their original plan of manufacturing wooden furniture. It wasn't until 1978 that they started making wind turbine blades.[4] The first set of LM Glasfiber blades was installed on the Windmatic wind turbine,[5] in Scottish waters near the Orkney Islands, during the 1970s.[6]

In 2010, the company name was changed from LM Glasfiber to LM Wind Power, to better reflect the industry in which they operate.[2] LM Wind Power Group was launched with the formation of three separate divisions – LM Wind Power Blades, LM Wind Power Service & Logistics and Svendborg Brakes.[4] In 2013, Svendborg Brakes was sold to Altra Holdings Inc.[4][7]

LM Wind Power joined the UN Global Compact in 2010, signifying their commitment to the compact's ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.[8] Since then, they have reported their performance in the annual report non-financial highlights section and in a more detailed document submitted as the annual Communication on Progress for the UN Global Compact.[9] LM Wind Power applies the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for guidance and structure.[9]

Achievements[edit]

During the COP15 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) held December 7-18, 2009, an LM 61.5 P blade was installed at the main entrance of the Bella Center to greet conference delegates. This blade, developed mainly for offshore projects off the coast of Germany, Scotland and Belgium, was the world’s longest wind turbine blade in serial production at the time.[10]

On 11 June 2010, LM Wind Power took part in setting an aviation record. They commissioned the An-225 to carry the world's longest piece of air cargo, as it flew two new 42-meter wind turbine blades from their factory in Tianjin, China to their test facility in Lunderskov, Denmark.[11]

In 2011, LM Wind Power produced the world's largest wind turbine blade at the time — 73.5 meters, which is equivalent to a 24-story building.[12] The LM 73.5P wind turbine blades were installed on Alstom's 6 MW wind turbines offshore, mainly in European waters.[13] These giant blades reach speeds of more than 320 km/h, generating power equivalent to the yearly requirements of over 6000 European households.[12]

Global Footprint[edit]

Since the establishment of LM Wind Power in 1940 as Lunderskov Møbelfabrik in Lunderskov, Denmark,[4] the company has expanded to locations worldwide, while remaining headquartered in Denmark.[14]

LM Wind Power established its first factory in the Americas region in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1998. This investment was followed by two other factories in Gaspé, Quebec, Canada in 2006[15] and Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008.[16][17]

Built in 2002, LM Wind Power’s factory in Goleniów, Poland was the company’s largest factory at that time.[18] In the same year, the company also expanded its operations in China and increased its production capacity in Denmark.[18]

The 2007 opening of LM Wind Power's Dobespet factory marked the company's second blade manufacturing facility in India and 11th worldwide at the time.[19] Earlier that year, the company also opened new factories in Spain and China.[19]

In October 2012, LM Wind Power confirmed its plans to construct its first blade manufacturing facility in Brazil, in conjunction with the company’s joint venture partner Eólice.[20] The factory was built in the port of Suape, to serve major wind farms in the North East of Brazil and beyond.[20]

Organization[edit]

LM Wind Power employs approximately 4,505 employees worldwide (end 2014).[1] The company is headquartered in Kolding, Denmark and has a global business office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. LM Wind Power has built production facilities in the major wind energy markets – 13 locations in 8 countries (Denmark, Spain, USA, Canada, India, China, Poland and Brazil). In addition to this, the company has a global network of R&D centers in Denmark, the Netherlands and India.

Ownership[edit]

The principal shareholders of LM Wind Power are the partnerships by Doughty Hanson & Co. Ltd.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2014 annual report, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  2. ^ a b LM Glasfiber changes name to LM Wind Power, Renewable Energy Focus.com, 2010-04-21, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  3. ^ a b 2014 annual report - corporate profile, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  4. ^ a b c d Company history, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  5. ^ Danish Turbine makes 1975 - 1985, Winds of Change, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  6. ^ About us, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  7. ^ LM Wind Power Sells Brakes Business To US-based Altra Holdings, North American Clean Energy, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  8. ^ Our approach to sustainability, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  9. ^ a b Reporting sustainability, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  10. ^ Giant Wind Blade Travels to COP15, Netcomposites.com, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  11. ^ Logistics, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  12. ^ a b LM Wind Power launched a world-record wind turbine blade in February this year..., Sun & Wind Energy, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  13. ^ Alstom and LM Wind Power develop the world’s largest wind turbine blade, Alstom, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  14. ^ LM Wind Power Locations, LM Wind Power, retrieved 2015-03-26 
  15. ^ LM Glasfiber to supply blades for 477 turbines in Canada, Composites World, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  16. ^ LM Wind Power to set up wind blade manufacturing base in Brazil, World Construction Network, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  17. ^ Denmark’s LM Glasfiber Opens Arkansas Blade Plant, Manufacturing.net, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  18. ^ a b LM Glasfiber invests in new factory in Poland, Windpower Monthly, 2002-07-01, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  19. ^ a b LM Glasfiber Opens Its Second Turbine Blade Factory in India, Netcomposites.com, 2007-11-15, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  20. ^ a b LM Wind Power to build new blade factory in Brazil, Renewable Energy Focus.com, retrieved 2015-03-28 
  21. ^ "Private Equity - Our portfolio - LM Wind Power", www.doughtyhanson.com (Doughty Hanson & Co.), retrieved August 2012 

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