Vestas has reinforced its position as the largest global wind turbine manufacturer, followed by Siemens in second place as the global turbine industry manufactured a total capacity of more than 52GW last year.
Marginal shipment volumes separated Goldwind and GE Energy in third and fourth position respectively while Germany’s Enercon captured fifth place, according to the latest survey by IHS Energy Research.
Developers of Chinese wind projects started a grid connection rush in order to avoid reductions in feed-in-tariff levels. This drove the 23GW+ wave of turbine shipments to wind projects in China last year.
Coupled with an uptick in other key wind markets including the US and Germany, the global turbine market attained record shipment levels of 52.2 GW – 20% more than the previous annual record.
Accounting for over 6.2 GW of this capacity, Danish wind turbine vendor Vestas remained the largest wind turbine vendor globally. Siemens took second place, driven by significant offshore wind activity on the European markets.
Despite project development ongoing both in the US and in China, the offshore wind market remained mainly a European business. Siemens led this sector although facing competition from other vendors in the market, including MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Areva, and Senvion.
IHS Energy believes ongoing consolidation in this sector, the roll-out of new technology and a take-off of the Chinese market will shape the offshore wind market in the short- and medium-term.