MAKE publishes Global Wind Turbine OEM 2016 Market Share analysis


Western turbine OEMs accounted for four of the top five positions and seven positions overall in the top 15 in MAKE’s Global Wind Turbine OEM 2016 Market Share analysis. Vestas again won the top position. In the following positions there has been a bit of a shuffle.

Performance in the offshore sector remained an important differentiator in the global wind turbine OEM market states MAKE. Nevertheless it has not the same overall impact as in 2015 since the global market size of additional annual offshore capacity dropped 32 %.

Top 10

 1. Vestas
 2. GE
 3. Goldwind
 4. Gamesa
 5. Siemens
 6. Enercon
 7. Nordex Group
 8. United Power
 9. Mingyang
 10. Envision

Again Vestas claimed the top spot in the global ranking for consecutive years and also maintained the top spot in the cumulative ranking, with 4 % lead. The company added capacity in 36 markets in 2016, 13 markets more than any other turbine OEM. The most interesting Point is, that Vestas captured the top spot exclusively with onshore growth.

After losing the second position in the ranking to Goldwind in 2015, GE has returned to the spot globally last year. It held on to the top spot in the US, albeit by a thin margin, and continued to control the Brazilian market. In addition to winning the Americas region, the company posted record years in Germany and India. It installed the first offshore turbines in the Americas market to complement its onshore focus.

Goldwind fell to the third position globally, with 7% less new capacity compared to 2015. Nevertheless the company had a tremendous year in China relative to its compatriots. It out-paced the next closest OEM in China by more than 4.5 GW, as no other Chinese turbine OEM installed more than 2 GW in 2016 compared to 6.4GW for Goldwind. There have also been modest activities in Pakistan and Thailand, but collectively, it installed less capacity overseas, which did not help off-set a smaller market in China.

Gamesa jumped one position in 2016, beating its new associate, Siemens, for the fourth position in the global rankings. Due to their leading position in India and a big year in the China market the company reached the second position in Asia Pacific. Although Gamesa continues to add less new capacity year over year in Europe, it has more than made up for the decline with success in the Americas, namely in Brazil, the US, Chile, and Mexico.

Siemens fell to the fifth spot globally in 2016, as it installed less new capacity onshore and offshore compared to 2015. Although it dominated the offshore sector, namely in Germany and the Netherlands, it added 30 % less capacity onshore in 2016 than in the year before, as it was unable to capitalize on growth in the four main onshore markets. Its largest onshore markets included the US, Turkey, and the UK.

Philipp Kronsbein / MAKE