Tuesday, April 29, 2014

News: Siemens Energy boss to discuss offshore wind and factory plans at GMF

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Matthew Chinn, managing director, Siemens Energy UK and Ireland, will give a keynote speech at the Global Manufacturing Festival (GMF) in Rotherham about Siemens' plans for Green Port Hull and the Paull wind turbine blade factory development.

Siemens recently confirmed a £160m investment in Green Port Hull at the city's Alexandra Dock and in a new blade factory in Paull, East Yorkshire. The total combined investment with Associated British Ports is £310m.

The investment is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at the two sites making offshore wind turbine blades, the assembly of nacelles and related construction, service and logistics activities.

Firms in the Sheffield city region are set to benefit from the German firm's UK supply chains.

Matthew Chinn was appointed as managing director for Siemens Energy division in the UK and Ireland in April 2010. He has more than 20-years experience in the UK energy sector. He said: "We are delighted that this important investment in offshore renewable energy and in the city of Hull has been approved, after what has been a long wait for many.

"Representing some £310m of investment with Associated British Ports, the two sites offer local and national engineering companies substantial subcontract opportunities worth millions of pounds.

"At the Festival I will outline some of the challenges for the offshore wind industry and explain how our plans for the blade factory and Green Port Hull help address those challenges."

Senior Siemens Energy procurement executives will attend the Festival to answer visitors questions about applying for supplier agreements.

The GMF has been running since 2011 and has grown in popularity each year with some of the world's biggest manufacturing and engineering companies attending. It was held for the first time at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) last year and will return with a trade show and conference, keynote speakers, workshops and 150 exhibitors set to form proceedings on June 24 - 25.

Part of the UK's International Festival for Business, GMF is being organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing and Marketing Sheffield.

The conference and trade show is free to attend and registration is open now.

GMF website
Siemens website

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