Spain’s Inneo Torres is planning to open three concrete-tower factories in Brazil next year, as it gears up to address growing local demand, Recharge has learned.
Currently, it has one factory in Santa Catarina state to provide 56 100-metre towers for Impsa, the Argentine turbine maker and project developer.
Inneo, which designs, manufactures, transports and assembles precast concrete towers and their foundations, will dismantle the Santa Catarina factory and split it in two. Those units and a third factory will be installed next year in Ceará, Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul states, where a number of wind farms are planned.
Next year, the company expects to install 200 towers, growing to 350 in 2013.
Inneo, which has installed 150 concrete towers in Spain and Brazil, has a single factory in central Spain, from which it can supply the entire country. But Brazil is vastly larger, so the company has developed mobile units to make towers for specific projects. Its mobile units can be sized to accommodate a wind farm as small as 15MW.
“In a country as big as Brazil, it is fundamental to be flexible in terms of manufacturing, and not transporting what you make,” says Jorge Jimeno, Inneo Torres’ head of sales. “The risk and uncertainty in logistics is [then] zero.”
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