Vestas confirms 2014 employee growth of 500 jobs in Denmark

Danish production running at full capacity, but company campaigning for greater focus on wind in EU

In the first nine months of this year, Vestas has increased its number of employees in Denmark by 500, the company's head of communications, Michael Zarin, told the trade union magazine Fagbladet 3F.

“We have had growing demand from our customers,” Zarin said.

Competitive advantage
“And we have production in seven other countries. This gives us the competitive advantage that we have flexibility to deliver to projects all over the world.”

Union representative Kim Hvid Thomsen told the publication that all of the company's production facilities in Denmark – in Ringkøbing, Lem and Hammel – are currently running at full capacity. “We’re very busy at our production facilities, and people in western Jutland are not unhappy about that,” he said.

Today EU energy ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the internal energy market, and Vestas is campaigning for wind energy to play a more integral role in EU energy policy.

Home-grown industry
A total of 250,000 people work in the European wind industry – six of the global top ten wind turbine manufacturers are European.

“Europe needs an Energy Union that builds on affordable home-grown and clean energy sources,” Anders Runevad, the CEO of Vestas, said in a press release.

”Wind is the natural choice. That is why we support the unified European wind industry’s position paper on the Energy Union.”