The first factory of the French company in South America will provide 500 jobs, and will produce ECO 86 turbines, ideal for the domestic market there. Alstom, however, is also looking to the future and is already thinking about new factories in the US
French company Alstom enters the Brazilian wind energy market by inaugurating a new wind turbine production unit in the state of Bahia, its first factory in South America. The unit, set up thanks to an initial investment of EUR 20 million, is in Camacari, nor far from the capital of Bahia, Salvador, and will create 150 new jobs, a figure that will reach 500 if we take into consideration third party companies. The production unit will make ECO 86 turbines, which are suitable for medium to strong wind conditions, as well as for the complex geographic and weather conditions of the Brazilian coastline. From 11 to 13 July 2012, Brazil, which is without doubt one of the fast growing markets, will host Greenergy Brasil, the fair-conference also dedicated to the wind energy sector. "The country, however, needs important investments in electricity grids, which must be modernized to keep up with the economic and social growth of the country," added Patrick Kron, CEO of Alstom. "Wind energy is growing fast here and we have therefore decided to build a factory to respond to the needs of the local market, as well planning another one in the United States." In June, Alstom signed an agreement worth USD 288 million for the construction and maintenance of three wind farms in the Rio Grande do Norte state.