13 January 2012 – One of the major wind turbine suppliers, Vestas, which is linked with some of the recently awarded wind projects in South Africa, such as the 65.4 MW Hopefield wind farm project and the 72.75 MW Noblesfontein project, has reported large layoffs of staff.

During 2010 the company laid off some 3,000 employees, mainly at its manufacturing facilities and this year the company announced it plans to reduce its fixed costs by more than €150 million.

Vestas says this will be achieved by the streamlining of support functions and the closure of factories to align capacity with market demand. A further total of 2,335 employees are expected to be made redundant.