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Linamar diversifies into wind energy


May 6, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

GUELPH, Ont.: Linamar Corp. and German-based NCB Lohmann GmbH, manufacturer of wind turbine components in Europe, have formed a strategic alliance to provide manufacturing for customers in North America.

Linamar, primarily an automotive supplier that has diversified into other business sectors, makes precision machined components and systems. It will provide its manufacturing infrastructure and machining capabilities to Lohmann customers and other companies that serve the wind turbine market in North America.

Wind power is expected to grow as more states and provinces turn to greener sources of energy.

“We’re pleased to partner with NCB Lohmann on this exciting initiative,” said Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar CEO, based in Guelph, Ont. “This opportunity also aligns with Linamar’s continued commitment to diversify and expand our business in the renewable energy sector.”

Linamar said it will manufacture the wind turbine components, which include gearbox housings, planetary carriers, bearing housings and torque arms for large turbines at its Guelph manufacturing facility. The company is investing in facilities, equipment and manpower to accommodate future production.

Full-scale production of the components is to begin later this year.
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