APAC now the World’s Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturing Hub: GWEC

A new analysis has revealed that the Asia Pacific (APAC) has now become the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturing hub after a decade of development.

A new analysis has revealed that Asia Pacific (APAC) remained a strong manufacturing hub for wind turbine OEMs with record-high supply-side deliveries. It adds that although most Asian suppliers have historically relied on turbine technologies licensed from Europe to enter the wind industry, Asia Pacific has now become the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturing hub after a decade of development. In 2019, GWEC saw eight Asian turbine suppliers making the cut in the world’s top fifteen supplier ranking, as per GWEC Market Intelligence’s latest report  ‘Supply-Side Data 2019’. 

The report adds that Europe is considered the cradle for modern wind turbine technologies, which explains why European OEMs such as Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy are today’s global leaders in wind turbine manufacturing and turbine technology innovation, but APAC has surely caught up to it now.

In 2019, some 33 wind turbine manufacturers installed an estimated 22,893 wind turbines globally with a combined capacity of 63,076 MW. Of the 33 suppliers, 20 are from APAC. As home to the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturing base, Asia Pacific saw 12,784 wind turbines installed during 2019, 55.8 percent of the global total for the year. 

The top fifteen wind turbine manufacturers in 2019 include the eight APAC companies, all of which are based in China.  However, aside from Goldwind, Envision, and Dongfang, none of these companies exported turbines to overseas markets last year. Suppliers such as Mingyang, Windey, Sewind, CSIC Haizhuang and United Power currently rely on their home market growth in China, the world’s largest wind power market, to secure a position on the top fifteen rankings.

APAC Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturing Hub

Looking beyond the top fifteen, Hitachi and Toshiba (Japan), Unison (Korea), Suzlon and Inox (India) are among the other Asia suppliers that reported turbine installations in 2019.

The Supply Side Analysis 2019 report shows the consolidation of the wind industry has continued, with the number of OEMs declining from 37 in 2018 to 33 in 2019 – these four suppliers that did not report installations in 2019 are all from the APAC region. 

Furthermore, the top six turbine vendors collectively increased their global market share by another 3 percent last year. GWEC supply-side historical data shows that Tier 1 wind turbine OEMs began their market dominance from 2015, and the three major M&A cases – GE-Alstom Power (2015), Nordex-Acciona (2016) and Siemens-Gamesa (2016) – impacted significantly the competitive landscape of the turbine manufacturing sector.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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