OPINION: Will GE stay wind No.1?

GE is keen to keep its manufacturing set-up lean

GE is keen to keep its manufacturing set-up lean

The big story amid the analyst reports was that GE replaced Vestas as the number-one wind turbine supplier last year, delivering 650MW more than the Danish company — according to IHS EER — and knocking it off the top spot for the first time since 2000.

GE moved up the rankings because of the unprecedented boom in US installations — more than 12GW — in 2012, making almost 5GW of its 6.69GW of deliveries in its home market. More than half of its sales were to just five customers, IHS EER notes. GE also delivered 435MW in Brazil, 263MW in China and 257MW in Romania.

This is a testament to the strength of the company’s marketing and sales set-up in the US and its relationships with large customers. However, it’s clear that, with the US likely to add Log in to read complete article.

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