£5m investment pays off for Hutchinson with first tower successes
The only UK dedicated manufacturer of mid-wind turbine towers has begun installing its latest range to great acclaim.
Widnes-based Hutchinson Engineering invested £5m in a 4,500sq m factory with 25 new staff in summer 2014 to expand its wind turbine tower capabilities, with the first volume order of Endurance X29 models leaving the factory destined for our UK hillsides.
The Endurance X29 is a mid-range turbine which is large enough to produce a high power yield but small enough to be implemented on farms without higher-level strategic planning permission. It takes its name from the 29m rotor diameter, works from wind speeds as low as 4m/s and is a 225kW turbine.
Hutchinson manufactures the towers and began work on 15, the first 5 of which are now up and running, with more installations in the next few months. Already the feedback from customers has been excellent.
Neal Scrivener, business development manager at Hutchinson said: “The successful Endurance X29 tower installations are the culmination of a huge investment of time, money and resources for us. We dedicated a year to establishing our workshop facility, improving our technical capabilities and talking through specifications with clients, as well as sending 28 of our workforce on quality control training workshops.
“The feedback from both installers and customers so far has been very positive, praising the quality of our work, which is a great reward for the whole Hutchinson team, and a great platform on which to begin 2015. It is an exciting time for this new area of our business, and we hope to progress to a consistent flow of products demonstrating a greater level of efficiency that will ensure we retain our client’s confidence for future orders.”
Published: February 4, 2015