Mabey Bridge has had plans approved to build a new factory in South Wales to propel the company to become the leading wind turbine tower manufacturer in the UK.
The plant, at Newhouse Farm in Chepstow, will create 240 new jobs, creating turbine towers for both on- and off-shore wind turbines at Newhouse Farm Distribution Park.
Mabey will now invest a further £25M to increase the size of the warehouse to enable it to fabricate wind turbine towers on the site, creating 240 new skilled jobs in the region. Once complete the company will fabricate around 300 wind turbine towers per year.
Managing director of Mabey Bridge, Peter Lloyd, said: “Now we have planning approval we are able to start construction on the necessary extension to the existing building that will be required to apply protective coatings to these wind turbine towers. The new factory will be a state-of-the-art facility for tower manufacturing, allowing us to compete with any other tower manufacturers worldwide.”
The factory will use the latest manufacturing techniques including computer-controlled cutting and rolling, robotic welding, steel blasting up to the highest quality and an automated painting facility, and is well connected to the M48, M4 and is five miles from the M5 along with good access to nearby ports at Newport Dock, Avonmouth, Bristol Dock and Cardiff Dock.