SOURCE: Business Review Europe

Business Review Europe

February 28, 2011 19:43 ET

CEO Eric Bakker of Netherlands-Based EWT Discusses Being a Global Innovator in Wind Turbine Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - A global manufacturer of wind turbines with a complete in-house engineering department, EWT oversees activities in over 20 countries worldwide. The company entered into the ever-emerging wind energy market in 2004 after obtaining the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and all strategic know-how of former wind pioneer, Lagerwey the Windmaster.

Headquartered in Amersfoort, Netherlands, EWT employs around 60 staff members with smaller offices in Edinburgh and Minneapolis employing a handful of workers. Its service and maintenance teams are run from the UK and the US with the company planning additional new offices in Sweden and Poland.

EWT partially owns a manufacturing plant in Beijing, China in a joint-venture handling blade manufacturing and assembly employing 250 people.

CEO Eric Bakker says EWT's direct drive technology combined with the manufacture of wind turbines for specific markets gives the company the ability to stand out in the wind energy market which has seen considerable growth in recent years as a result of the focus on environmentally-friendly renewable energy.

To ensure continuous access to quality employees, EWT has formed strong relationships with nearby establishments like the Delft University of Technology and agencies such as ECN, a Dutch research centre for wind energy to attract highly-skilled individuals.

In preparation for new challenges and future goals, EWT has utilised the past 18 months of the economic downturn to revamp its technology, including the introduction of a 500kW turbine and developments to the technology used in the 900kW turbine.

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