Westwind Turbines, a County Antrim firm which received Invest Northern Ireland support to develop its wind turbines, has secured a major six-figure deal with a Scottish organisation and doubled its production over the past year.
The significant contract with Shetland Wind Power involves the supply of 17 turbines of various specifications, for use throughout Scotland, including the islands of Orkney and Shetland. This success follows other high-value contracts for Westwind Turbines, including the sale of a turbine to create power for a navigation station at the North Pole.
Invest NI has helped Westwind Turbines with R&D costs to improve the resilience and efficiency of its turbines, increasing quality and enabling even more power to be generated for end users. The company has also received Invest NI backing for export marketing initiatives and the development of its internal information systems to improve operational capability.
The R&D support was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the significant success of Westwind Turbines, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Business International, Jeremy Fitch, said: “This local company is consistently improving its products and capitalising on sales openings outside Northern Ireland, in the high-growth renewable energy sector. This contract with Shetland Wind Power is an example of the lucrative deals that can be achieved by local companies promoting technologically advanced goods to customers in external markets.
“Westwind Turbines more than doubled its output in 2008 and projections show that this looks set to continue this year to meet increasing demand.”
Andrew Graham, Managing Director of Westwind Turbines, said: “We recognise how crucial it is to keep in touch with customer requirements and consistently improve our products, particularly in this competitive industry. Our business is now benefiting from the significant R&D investments, supported by Invest NI, which enhanced the functionality of our turbines, making them even more efficient and resilient.
“Our upgraded products have helped us to secure a number of contracts outside Northern Ireland, including this particularly high-value deal with Shetland Wind Power. Ninety per cent of our products are sold in export markets through our extensive network of distributors. For example, we have previously sold turbines to clients in Korea, Australia, France, Canada and Japan.”