At that time, the share of wind energy in Russia made up 0.02 % of the overall energy consumption. By 2035, the Russian Ministry of Energy is aiming to further expand wind energy capacity to nine gigawatts - enough to supply around eight million households. In order to build wind turbines in Russia, manufacturers must meet the requirements for local production, which serve to strengthen the local labour market.
In view of this fact, Vestas, one of the leading manufacturers of wind turbines, reached out to Liebherr-Components four years ago to discuss the possibility of a potential support in entering the Russian market. It was no coincidence that Vestas chose Liebherr. Its 120-hectare site in Dzerzhinsk near Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 2006. There, Liebherr has been manufacturing steel assemblies for earthmoving equipment and cranes, as well as key components for the aerospace industry to the highest quality standards and customer-specific requirements for the Russian market for over ten years. Due to the technological expertise, industry knowledge and an ideal infrastructure on site, Liebherr was able to offer the customer a fast and flexible solution. As it was unclear at the time how the Russian market for wind turbines would develop, Liebherr offered the customer a welcome alternative to setting up their own local production.