The move will affect the factory’s 362 employees, who have been informed about the company’s intention to cease production.
Vestas said in a statement: “Recent market developments have seen a decreasing demand for the 2MW wind turbine platform in Europe, while the demand for the 4MW platform in the region can be met by less capacity than currently provided by nacelles factories in Europe and other regions where Vestas recently has established production capacity.”
The company will now negotiate with local works councils for all employees and is exploring opportunities to relocate them from León to other manufacturing and service sites in Spain, as well as opportunities outside of Vestas through an outplacement plan.
Apart from the assembly plant, the Danish firm also has generator and blades factories in Viviero and Daimiel respectively.
At the latter site, the company is investing to set up production of blades for its V150-4.2MW turbine.