TAIWAN – TIEN LI STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF BLADE FACTORY IN TAICHUNG HARBOUR
Tien Li, one of MHI Vestas’ key local supply chain partners, has begun construction on its new facility in Taichung Harbour. Both production and storage facilities are being developed for the mass manufacture of blades to be installed at offshore projects in Taiwan and eventually, throughout Asia-Pacific.
In the Taiwanese offshore wind industry, Tien Li’s land holding under lease is the greatest area controlled by a single company, due to the substantial area needed to produce and store some of the largest blades in the world together with MHI Vestas.
Along with the investment at the production and storage area, Taichung Harbour infrastructure is being upgraded to handle turning radius requirements for the transportation of completed blades. This will also enable Taichung Harbour to potentially handle larger cargoes and can allow Tien Li to expand further as larger blade designs are developed.
“Tien Li’s facility in Taichung Harbour will be a sight to behold once completed, as it will be producing some of the largest blades in the world for installation offshore in Asia,” said Robert Borin, Chief Supply Chain Officer at MHI Vestas. “The ground-breaking on this facility is a key milestone, and we look forward to working with Tien Li throughout this process as they ramp up to be a key supply chain partner to MHI Vestas in Asia-Pacific.”
“We are leading Asia-Pacific in the manufacture of blades and we are excited about the scale of our future marketplace at home and further afield,” said Jay Hsu, General Manager of Tien Li. “Taking the time to perfect our processes and achieve great efficiencies on current platforms today means that we will be ready to lead the world on new platforms in the late 2020s.”
When Tien Li completes the construction of its production footprint, MHI Vestas will be supporting the training of Tien Li employees in the manufacture of blades. Learnings from this training will enable Tien Li to sustainably produce MHI Vestas’ V174 platform for Taiwan and throughout Asia-Pacific.
(Source and image: MHI Vestas – Blade factory in Taichung Harbour)
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