Long active in the manufacture of wind turbine components, Fassmer in north Germany has now set up a service subsidiary to handle both the production and the repair and maintenance of those parts.
Fassmer said the establishment of Fassmer Industrial Service had created a one-stop shop for manufacturers. It will handle the servicing, repair and maintenance of rotor blades and cladding components such as nacelles and hubs as well as tackle steel structure corrosion protection.
It will also handle the glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) components which Fassmer has been producing for more than 60 years for wind turbine customers like Siemens and GE. Products include custom-built gondola and spinner claddings, rotor blade parts, ring channels for tower construction and transmission line housings.
Fassmer said the establishment of the new service centre had generated “real added value for operators and manufacturers on the wind power market. The manufacture of components and the necessary servicing will in future all come from a single source”, it declared.
The MD of the new subsidiary, Sebastian Temporale, said the manufacture of gondola and spinner claddings for the on-shore and offshore sectors had given Fassmer experience and potential in the GRP and wind sectors. “It is our aim to offer the highest possible standards to the operations and maintenance service market”, he added.
Fassmer revealed it had begun to build up its service sector last year. While it supplied components for the German offshore wind farms N1, Nordergründe and Nordsee Ost, Fassmer Industrial Service had been offering its new services, ahead of its official creation this year.
A spokewoman for Fassmer said all Fassmer’s on-shore and offshore services were now concentrated at the firm’s home site in Berne/Motzen on the Weser near Bremen. The new company was offering its services throughout Europe and was already “active” in the Netherlands and France, she added.
Fassmer is perhaps more widely known as a leading shipyard with a formidable reputation as a designer and builder of one-off custom-built special vessels.
Among those currently being built is the 75m, €113.8 million Atair described as the world’s first survey, wreck location and research ship with LNG propulsion. Fassmer is also building three 86m “ultra modern” patrol ships for the German police.