Vestas, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer, and gearbox manufacturer ZF are continuing their partnership, as part of a service strategy to optimise performance and wind energy assets. By doing so, Vestas will offer customers solutions that can lower repair costs, decrease downtime and limit additional future repairs.
Moreover, leveraging the companies’’ complementary service capabilities and global footprints, the partnership also promotes mutual knowledge transfer, cooperation on training and joint documentation development.
Through the partnership, Vestas becomes ZF’s preferred supplier to perform uptower repair work and ZF becomes Vestas’ preferred supplier for shop repairs and replacement units. Vestas has a long track record of efficiently repairing gearboxes on site, without removing them from the turbine, saving significant time and reducing cost, meaning that this expertise will result in unparalleled speed and efficiency offered to fleet owners worldwide.
“By partnering with ZF, we can return the turbine to service faster than anyone in the market and leverage our extensive volume with ZF to have best-in-market pricing, terms and lead times,” said Vestas Wind Systems global service group senior vice president, Christian Venderby.
“And depending on the customers’ asset management strategy, we can now deliver everything from a standalone uptower repair to a complete exchange and turnkey solution globally. With this new partnership, we are expanding our gearbox capabilities and are at the same time lowering the total cost of ownership — all to the benefit of our customers,” he continued.
ZF develops, manufactures and repairs gearboxes for the wind industry at plants and repair shops in Germany, Belgium, China, the US, and India. Going forward, Vestas and ZF will also collaborate on new repair and gearbox service products that can benefit the rest of the industry.