ThyssenKrupp sells Nordseewerke

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September 29, 2009

Thyssen Krupp sells Nordseewerke

Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is to sell its Nordseewerke shipyard in Emden to wind power plant manufacturer SIAG Schaaf Industrie.

The company announced Emden would now become a high technology site for offshore wind power plants. SIAG will take on 721 of the roughly 1,200 Nordseewerke employees; about 375 will remain employed at TKMS--115 of them in Emden. About 100 others will either resign or take retirement.

Broadcaster NDR says that two frigates that were to have been built in Emden will now be built by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg.

The move marks the end of shipbuilding in Emden and the sale was protested by member of the IG Metall union who today demonstrated outside the yard's closed gates.

SIAG Schaaf called the move "a structural change in the German shipyard industry at the Emden location," saying that "'for the first time capacity is being taken from the market without affecting jobs in the region.

It said that Nordseewerke will become a production site for offshore wind energy technology. Besides towers and main frames for offshore wind energy plants, it will produce foundation structures including monopiles, transition pieces and jackets. While towers and main frames are surface constructions, the foundation structures are for underwater installation.

"What is unusual about this project from a logistics perspective," says SIAG Schaaf, "is that not only can all products be manufactured at one single site, but that a holistic approach is being taken, including the company's own lading port, to help save on costs."

SIAG Schaaf will take control of the Emden facility October 1,2009. By mid-2011, submarine production will be phased out and a smooth transition will be made, ramping up offshore production. For the ramp-up phase, an annual capacity of 100 offshore towers, 60 main frames, 25 monopiles, 25 transition pieces and 25 jackets is being scheduled.


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