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A LEADING manufacturer has called for a radical change in how wind turbines and renewable energy are supplied in the UK.

Hutchinson Engineering, which makes small and mid-sized wind turbines, has warned that ‘UK PLC’ is not taking enough advantage of home-grown renewables expertise and is missing out on boosting the economy.

Neal Scrivener, business development manager at Hutchinson Engineering, said: “It is staggering to think that around 85% of wind turbines that you see on UK soil are currently made overseas. Ultimately this means profits that could be benefiting UK companies and ploughed back into the economy are simply disappearing abroad.

“This is despite the fact that UK manufacturing is renowned for its high quality, expertise and reliability and the renewable sector represents an exciting opportunity for us to lead the way globally.”

Neal added: “The UK has a golden opportunity to be the leading force in wind power – and for our expertise to be renowned throughout the world. That starts with ensuring UK manufacturers are used to produce wind farms for our own landscape, rather than the use of sometimes inferior imported structures.”

Hutchinson Engineering has seen phenomenal growth since its formation in 2009 – reaching a turnover of £12million in 2012.

The company has become a leading player in the supply of wind turbines typically that can generate from 50 up to 800kWh, used on small wind farms.

Dean Drinkwater, Managing Director of Hutchinson Engineering, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in the success of UK manufacturing and are focusing on the highest quality standards, environmental awareness and efficiency.

“That has led to a steady increase in our staff numbers, and we see even further potential to create new jobs and contribute to our country’s economy in the future.”

Published: December 6, 2013

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