Vestas sells converters and controls business
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has agreed to sell its converters and controls business to KK Wind Solutions, as it focuses on its core business. The converters and controls business includes three converters and control panels factories in Denmark, India and China and associated staff functions. In total, around 600 Vestas employees are in scope for being part of KK.
As part of the agreement, KK will exclusively supply converters and control panels to Vestas from the three factories, while the agreement enables potential for local expansion and job growth by extending the use of converter technologies in areas adjacent to Vestas’ core business.
Furthermore, the agreement between Vestas and KK includes joint development of converters with an engineering team at Vestas fully dedicated to the partnership. The agreement builds on years of collaboration between KK and Vestas, most recently exemplified by localisation of offshore power conversion modules and low voltage cabinets in Taiwan.
“Across our global supply chain footprint, we are increasingly collaborating with partners to scale efficiently and build on the foundations we have established. This includes focusing our own resources to where they are most efficient and moving parts of our business to be run by other industry leaders who can create more value and secure additional long-term jobs. I’m therefore very excited about the agreement with our partner KK Wind Solutions, which can help grow and mature the wind energy supply chain”, says Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Executive Vice President and COO at Vestas.
“As an established partner to Vestas, we aim to take a leading role in maturing the industry’s supply chain and accelerate the green energy transition. The acquisition will bring immediate scale to our operations and extend our global footprint, while adding new competencies by welcoming over 600 highly skilled and experienced employees. As a result, we will be well-positioned to develop and deliver world-class sustainable energy solutions to top tier wind OEMs and expand further into adjacent industries, such as Power-to-X”, says Mauricio Quintana, Chief Executive Officer, KK Wind Solutions.
The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to receipt of approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities and separation of the converters & controls business, at which point the transaction will be reflected in Vestas’ financial accounts.