European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
UK; Denmark
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

1,900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2009
Foreseen end date


Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has announced 1900 job losses, mainly in the UK and Denmark, despite rising profits. The Isle of Wight plant will stop production in June, cutting 600 jobs. A further 1300 jobs will go in Denmark, although no timeframe was given for these. The company blames the reduced demand in Northern Europe and intends to expand in China and the US, where demand is greater. There will be a 2 - 3 month consultation with workers, to give career and retraining support, advice and guidance to those affected. The TUC's general secretary said the UK job losses "would not only be a blow to the emerging green sector, but would also be a personal tragedy for the hundreds of workers affected locally."


  • 29 April 2009: BBC Website
  • 28 April 2009: BBC Website
  • 29 May 2009: The Guardian


Eurofound (2009), Vestas Wind Systems, Closure in European Union, factsheet number 68858, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68858.