Danish-owned wind blade factories in Britain closed after protests

A Danish-owned wind turbine firm closed two factories in Britain Wednesday with the loss of 425 jobs following a two-week ‘occupation’ by angry workers.

Vestas Wind Systems said it had ceased blade production activities at its sites on the Isle of Wight and in Southampton, southern England, because of lack of demand.

The Danish firm obtained a court order last week to remove six workers who had occupied the Isle of Wight plant for over two weeks to delay its closure.

The decision to close the plants had been ‘very difficult,’ Ole Borup Jakobsen, president of Vestas Blades, said.

‘Nonetheless, this commercial decision was absolutely necessary to secure Vestas’s competitiveness and create a regional balance between production and the demand for wind turbines,’ he added.


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