Suzlon loses India wind top-spot

A Suzlon-equipped wind farm, but the manufacturer has slipped off the top

A Suzlon-equipped wind farm, but the manufacturer has slipped off the top

Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon has lost its top spot in its home market after at least a decade to Wind World (India), which was formerly Enercon (India).

The news is a sign of the massive impact that Suzlon’s financial problems have had on the company’s operations, with constraints on working capital meaning that it has not been able to execute on its project pipeline.

Wind World was in first place with 454MW of installations in the last fiscal year, according to data from the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA).

Suzlon was in second place with 415MW, while ReGen Powertech, which produces a direct-drive turbine using a Vensys design, was in third place with 273MW. Fourth spot went to Inox, a licensee of AMSC of the US.

The US’s GE, which has fast-growing IPP Greenko among its customers, was in fifth place with 122MW. Spain’s Gamesa was sixth with 100MW. The numbers are a disappointment for Gamesa, which had grown rapidly to become India’s third-largest turbine supplier previously.

In total, India wind installations dropped 47% year-on-year to 1.7GW of wind capacity after the expiry of government incentives, according to the IWTMA figures.

New market-leader Wind World India, previously Enercon (India), was a former majority-owned joint venture set up by Germany’s Enercon.

In 2007 Enercon (India) managing director Yogesh Mehra excluded the parent company’s representatives from its board and the company effectively declared independence, beating a court challenge that same year.

In 2011, Enercon (India) won a court ruling in Chennai that annulled 12 of the parent company’s patents, allowing it to continue to build and sell its 800kW turbines and preventing the German company from making an exclusive deal to license the turbines to another Indian company.

Enercon (India) has continued to rack up strong sales for its turbine in India, despite the dispute, and has supplied large projects for Hong Kong’s CLP Group.

It is not clear whether the company, now re-launched as Wind World (India), is planning to introduce any new turbine models or how it would do this.

In an emailed statement Suzlon says: “Fiscal Year 2013 for the Suzlon Group, was focused on liability management, which resulted in a constrained business performance and lower than normal volumes, despite a strong order backlog.” 

However, Suzlon adds that it is “confident of regaining market leadership in our home market – that we helped unlock and shape from the start.”

Top 10 wind turbine suppliers 2012/13

Wind World (India) formerly Enercon (India) 454MW

Suzlon 415MW

ReGen Powertech 273MW

Inox 264MW

GE 122MW

Gamesa 100MW

Vestas 34MW

RRB 14MW

Kenersys 10MW

LSML 9MW

Source IWTMA

 

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