Mabey Bridge closes deal with German company

Posted on 20 Jan 2012

The south Wales based manufacturer, specialised in the supply of modular steel bridging, car parks, heavy plated steelwork and wind turbine towers, will build 35 wind turbine towers for sites in Wales and Scotland.

Following the deal with Nordex, a German wind turbines manufacturer, the company has hired 45 people and transferred 50 more to its factory in Chepstow.

Around 170 people in total will be involved in the construction of the towers, which will be between 213 and 230 feet high and weigh 120 tonnes, starting in the middle of February. Once sited in the Rhondda valleys and at the Baillie wind farm near Thurso, Scotland, in June, they will be able to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes.

UK director Alex Smale said: “All of these towers will be made in Wales. The towers you see around the country have historically been made in northern Europe – not even in the UK at all.”

Mabey Bridge deemed the deal “a real boost” for its staff. The company created 240 jobs when its Chepstow site opened in May last year.

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan welcomed the announcement, saying:”This is not only excellent news for the economy in Wales, but for the UK’s renewables and manufacturing industries as a whole.”