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nordwindaktiv - First Wind Energy Employers Network

New association to present the employers of the booming industry

In 2014, more than 138,000 people worked in the wind energy sector in Germany. Nearly half of them, i.e. 60,000 people, are being employed in Germany’s five northern states, and 18,800 alone in offshore. Now, the first employers association has been formed: nordwindaktiv. Not regarding itself as yet another trade association, nordwindaktiv calls itself a socio-political organisation of and for the industry, acting as an exchange platform and consultant in the field of labor relations for its member companies. Topics range from employment, to social law, works constitution, collective bargaining law, and modern work organisation.

Reliable Partner

The new network is a spin-off of Northern Germany’s seven employers’ associations. “We know that many companies, as well as the unions wanted an experienced and reliable social partners for the wind industry”, says the club’s chairman Thomas Lambusch: “We hear more and more from entrepreneurs, managers, and HR managers that there is no such platform, especially in the field of wind power.” The newly founded association would like to close this gap.

More Participants Than Known By The Public

The industry consists of more participants than perceived by the public. Thus, stronger presence is needed and sought-after. “Today, the wind industry’s value chain integrates many big names of traditional industries. Companies in the electrical industry, in mechanical engineering, from shipyards, even specialists in the automotive industry now diversify their portfolio towards wind power”, nordwindaktiv’s managing directors Marcel Christmann and Stephan Kallhoff explain.

Great Potential Of Wind Power

According to nordwindaktiv, Germany is the market leader in Europe – and should thus be the launch pad for a global success story. “In the north, the energy revolution is a huge opportunity to compensate for certain de-industrialisation trends, to strengthen Northern Germany as an industry stronghold, and to position itself as an innovation leader.”
Nordwingaktiv is run by the entrepreneur Thomas Rostock Lambusch. Vice-Presidents are the Wittmunder Contractors Martin Steinbrecher and Eric Blanc, CEO of Areva Wind in Bremerhaven.

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