21st April 2017, France
GE has completed the acquisition of LM Wind Power, the Denmark-based technology developer and manufacturer of rotor blades for the wind industry. The completion follows regulatory approval in the European Union, the United States, China, and Brazil.
GE reached an agreement with the London-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson in October 2016 to purchase the company for €1.5 billion. The transaction in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s Renewable Energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore wind customers. The deal will be accretive to GE earnings in 2018.
“The completion of the LM Wind Power acquisition provides us with the operational efficiencies necessary to support the growth of our wind turbine business, which is the fastest growing segment of power generation,” said Jérôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy. “With LM’s technology and blade engineering, we are now able to improve the overall performance of our wind turbines, lowering the cost of electricity and increasing the value for our customers. Together, we are set to capitalize on the expansion of renewable energy and be a growth engine for GE.”
“LM Wind Power has had a long-standing partnership with GE that has yielded many innovations and commercial successes, including the installation of the first-ever offshore wind farm in the United States,” added Marc de Jong, CEO of LM Wind Power. “We see many digital and advanced manufacturing technology capabilities that will help accelerate our technology development and increase our customer reach.”
LM Wind Power will be run as an individual operating unit within GE Renewable Energy, providing blades for both GE’s onshore and offshore wind business units. It will also continue to supply blades to the rest of the wind industry, having established protocols and safeguards to protect confidential customer data.