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Hansen Transmissions creates 300 jobs in Lommel, Flanders

Hansen Transmissions, Antwerp based designer and manufacturer of hi-tech gear drives for the world market, announced an investment of 93 million € for the construction of a new factory in Lommel. In this factory, Hansen Transmissions will produce state-of-the-art drive systems for large wind turbines. The investment is linked to the creation of 300 jobs.

The Lommel factory will manufacture, assemble and test gear units for large wind turbine drives. The turbines in which the gear units will be installed have a rotor diameter of approx. 90 m, can measure up to 100 m height and will carry over 100 tonnes. The Hansen drives transform the relative slow rotations of the rotor blades into a much higher speed to produce electricity. Since the eighties, this environmental friendly energy source is a growing success.

Managing Director Georges Roobaert commented : "The investment in Lommel is necessary to answer the increasing demand of our international customers and because the Edegem factory has reached its capacity limits." "The increased customer demand is proof of our technological strength, and of the reliability of our products". The foundations of the new factory will be laid in August 2002. By the end of 2003, the factory will be operational and some 185, mainly technically skilled people, will be employed.

Maximum capacity will be reached in 2005. At that time, another 115 employees will join the Hansen team in Lommel.

Hansen Transmissions is a world leader in the production of innovative and durable drive systems for a broad range of applications in industries that require low noise levels, minimum weight and high reliability (e.g. wind turbines, water treatment, material handling, etc.). Hansen Transmissions employs 530 people in Belgium and booked a turnover result of 95 million € in 2001, its highest ever.

Hansen Transmissions is part of Invensys plc, the international production technology and energy management group. With close to 76,000 employees, Invensys is headquartered in London, England.

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29 March 2002

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