Vestas beefs up Matosinhos operation

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The Danish green energy company Vestas, which produces eolic wind turbines, is to beef up its operations in Portugal according to the online news site ECO.

This time in the area of engineering and engineers who already represent around a third of its talent at the Vestas Technology Centre in Porto.
The world’s largest wind farm company, whose Portuguese operation has been based in Matosinhos, near Porto for 20 years, will have around 1,000 engineers and other technology professionals.
Five years ago the company set up a R&D centre which currently employs 600 staff. Vestas today is active in 88 countries and expects to “exceed 1,000 staff” over the next five years, thereby doubling the complement of its current engineering operations in the company’s Portugal hub.
In an interview with ECO, the Director of Vestas Technology Centre Porto (VTCP), Martin Kassgaard who manages a team with around 25 nationalities, 76% men, with an average age of 32, and who are specialised in various branches of engineering — electrotechnical, mechanical, IT, civil, materials, data analytics and virtual reality-, emphasises that their Portugal operations in the new Lionesa building is “prepared for the construction of a third floor, while around 1,000 people will be able to work remotely”.
Despite having staff working in other areas such as procurement and in support roles, 99% of the structure is dedicated to technology products and services for the group founded in 1892 which develops and manufactures eolic and hybrid energy projects with 157 GW of installed capacity.
The Portuguese office which has been open for 15 years is “developing rapidly and is already the equivalent of a third of the company’s operations”, he said.

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