Wow, what a year!

    When we look back on 2016, we really can’t help but say, wow!

    At LM Wind Power, it’s been an incredible year of big news and BIG blades. Take a look back at the top stories of 2016.

    January
    Starting out the year, we initiated the first recruitment campaign to attract talented engineers. Throughout 2016, we increased the overall number of staff across the world. At the beginning of 2016 we employed 6332 people, and by the end of the year we totaled more than 9000 people worldwide!

    February
    The world’s first offshore wind farm in Vindeby, Denmark, was announced to be dismantled. Powered by LM blades for 25 years, and with a capacity smaller than just one offshore turbine today, Vindeby is in many ways a symbol of the extraordinary development of the wind industry.

    March
    Released in March, the 2015 Annual Report demonstrated a significant turning point for LM Wind Power, with the company making a net profit for the first time since 2009. Impressive growth in revenue and profitability continued throughout 2016, driven by strong demand for our products. As of November, year to date (YTD) 2016 revenue was up EUR 235.8 million or 43.5% at EUR 778.5 million, compared with EUR 542.7 million in the same period in 2015. At constant exchange rates, year-to-date revenue growth was 48.0%. The full year-end results will be announced March 30, 2017.

    April
    LM Wind Power celebrated the inauguration of our new factory in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The factory began production one month ahead of schedule!

    May
    We relaunched our website, wwwlmwindpower.com, at the end of May. It is the hub for sharing facts, news and stories from #LMplaces. Here we engage with our many stakeholders through a visually-appealing and compelling narrative of who we are and the value we bring, through our amazing technology and our commitment to building a cleaner world.

    June
    Did you hear the BIG news? In June 2016, we shattered the length record again! On June 21 at Global Offshore Wind in the UK, we announced the world’s longest blade – again – this time alongside our customer Adwen. This huge component of 88.4 meters was specifically designed for Adwen’s AD 8-180 wind turbine model, with 8MW nominal capacity and a 180 meter rotor diameter

    July
    On July 14, we announced the groundbreaking of our 14th blade manufacturing facility to be located in Bergama, Turkey. This was the second new plant announced in the first half of 2016 and a strong sign of the increased demand for our blades and positive expectations for the future.

    August
    The first offshore wind farm in the United States was installed in August 2016! Deepwater’s Block Island Wind Farm, home to five GE Renewable 6 MW Haliade turbines, is powered by LM Wind Power 73.5 meter blades.

    September
    At the biggest European industry event in Hamburg, Siemens announced the collaboration with LM Wind Power on a new hybrid carbon 69.3 meter blade for their new low wind turbine - the SWT-3.15-142.

    October

    October 11, 2016 marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of LM Wind Power. After 15 years of ownership by Doughty Hanson, we announced that GE intends to acquire LM Wind Power for an enterprise value of EUR 1.5 billion.

    November

    In November we shined the spotlight on the extraordinary testing of the world’s longest blade. During the static tests, the LM 88.4 P was pulled with the weight of approximately 16 African elephants, to test its ability to withstand extreme wind conditions. Not only did the LM 88.4 P pass its first test, but it also completed the tests in record-breaking time.

    December
    Sustainability has always been close to the heart of LM Wind Power, linking to our vision: Together, we capture the wind to power a cleaner world. During 2016, we formalized this concept with a new Sustainability function, led by CEO Marc de Jong who brings a personal vision and energy to our Sustainability program. And in December, we set a challenging new target for LM Wind Power: Carbon neutrality by 2018! Stay tuned in 2017 for more about the #CleanLM Project, as we set a new standard for Sustainability in the wind industry.

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    January

    First engineering recruitment campaign of the year

    February

    World's first offshore wind farm at Vindeby, Denmark to be dismantled

    March

    2015 Annual Report demonstrates impressive growth in revenue and profitability

    April

    Inauguration of a new factory in Vadodara, India

    May

    Relaunch of the LM Wind Power website

    June

    LM 88.4 P sets record for world's longest blade

    July

    Groundbreaking of a new factory in Bergama, Turkey

    August

    LM 73.5 meter blades installed at the first U.S. offshore wind farm

    September

    Siemens announced low wind turbine with new hybrid carbon LM 69.3 meter blade

    October

    GE announced intention to acquire LM Wind Power

    November

    The world's longest blade is put to the test

    December

    LM Wind Power pledges to go carbon neutral by 2018 with #CleanLM project

    17-01-2017 14:54:02 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    @LMWindPower delivers 66.9 meter blades for @Goldwind_USA ’s new 3 MW #wind turbine. https://t.co/GfJps1nCSO https://t.co/urovf79p2y
    17-01-2017 10:17:55 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    @LMWindPower delivers 66.9 meter blades for Goldwind's new 3 MW wind turbine https://t.co/9xd9uNZHAF vía @FuturEnergy_
    17-01-2017 07:23:58 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Read @rechargenews: China's Goldwind installs first @LMWindPower blades on GW3S proto https://t.co/3Fi749QbfR @Goldwind_USA @GWECGlobalWind
    16-01-2017 14:36:09 | linkedin

    LM Wind Power

    We are pleased to announce the launch of another new blade type for one of our long-standing customers in China. Our newly developed 66.9 meter blades for Goldwind's 3MW wind turbine platform have been installed successfully on the first prototype turbine. Read the full press release here.
    16-01-2017 14:31:52 | instagram
    The first set of LM 66.9 meter blades has been successfully installed on Goldwind's 3MW GW3S prototype turbine in #China! Read the full press release here: fal.cn/PressReleaseGoldwind #LMplaces #lmwindpower #love #greenbusiness #Goldwind #wind #windworks #windturbines #windturbine #renewables #windpower #windenergy #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #beautiful #future #sustainability #CaseForWind
    16-01-2017 14:24:30 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    The first set of LM 66.9 meter blades was successfully installed on Goldwind's 3MW GW3S prototype turbine in China https://t.co/eAyW0EFQxZ https://t.co/vmuink82XG
    16-01-2017 13:06:32 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    LM Wind Power has installed its 66.9-metre blades on Goldwind’s 3MW GW3S prototype turbine in China https://t.co/T0gwzWZn6a https://t.co/0icgnkYCTI
    16-01-2017 13:05:43 | twitter

    LM Wind Power

    Goldwind installs 3MW prototype with LM blades https://t.co/BxrtZGeEBa https://t.co/bhQM4oizDL
    12-01-2017 13:30:21 | instagram
    11-01-2017 14:00:04 | linkedin

    LM Wind Power

    And the gold medal goes to...LM 88.4 P, the world's longest blade! Windpower Monthly names our record-breaker as the best rotor blade of 2016, in their “Turbines of the Year” publication.