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Vestas fires workers for the sake of the future

Laying off 350 Danish workers is not because of reduced activity, states Vestas. However, the Danish turbine manufacturer declines to name where production will instead be located – or if a larger portion will be outsourced.

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Sometimes the easiest way to describe something is by naming what it definitely is not. This goes for the decision to fire approximately 350 workers at Vestas' blade factory in the Danish city of Lem, announced by the company Wednesday.

This is definitely not an expression of the turbine manufacturer projecting lower activity globally or in Europe, states Morten Dyrholm, head of communications at Vestas, during a press conference after the announcement. And it is definitely not because Vestas is on track to phase out production in Denmark. It is likewise absolutely not the case that the layoffs are part of a political message to Danish politicians for better conditions.

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