Announcements of massive layoffs at Siemens Gamesa, Vestas and Senvion show how thousands of workers in the Northern European wind industry have become victims of a toxic mix of circumstances.

Combine a downturn in the domestic European – and particularly German – wind market with ongoing price pressures and the phasing out of the production of older turbine models on the continent, and you have a perfect storm.

Vestas was the latest OEM to announce job cuts last week – almost 600 jobs have to go at its plants in Germany and Denmark “to meet the manufacturing requirements of our changing product portfolio,” the OEM said a month after announcing another 90 layoffs in Denmark.