For the first time in 12 years, Vestas Wind Systems lost its lead in global wind turbine market share to General Electric.
The ranking is a blow to Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas, which first took the top spot in 2000, when it supplanted NEG Micon A/S, a Danish rival that it later bought. Vestas last week posted its second consecutive annual net loss and said it’s in the middle of two “extremely difficult years,” during which it’s cutting about 30 percent of its workforce.
“It’s been part of their identity at Vestas that they’re the biggest in the world,” said Jacob Pedersen, an analyst at Sydbank A/S in Aabenraa, Denmark. “From a Vestas point of view I would fear Siemens a lot more than GE. Siemens is more global in their reach. GE is extremely dependent on the U.S. market.”
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