Certex UK opens Taiwan office to serve renewable energy market

6 January 2022

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Certex UK (part of Axel Johnson Int. Lifting Solutions Group) has opened an office in Taiwan to serve the renewable energy market.

Certex already works with companies that manage either the installation of wind farms, or the service and maintenance of existing sites.

Certex UK will offer its products and services to the Taiwanese market, including statutory inspections; fall-arrest systems; pre-assembly wind farm work packages; bespoke lifting equipment design and manufacture; and more.

“Taiwan is in the early phases of offshore renewable energy, but already has a number of new wind farms planned in the coming years. We will initially be focused on the provision of labour for inspection services for the onshore and offshore stages of the construction of new farms,” said Scott Wilcox, MD, Certex UK.

“It is early in the local market’s renewables journey, but we want to be close to the point of use from the outset—delivering equipment and services for which our brand has become renowned in other parts of the world. Taiwan is also viewed as a future hub for activity in other Asian countries. We expect to see local ports and supporting infrastructure transform in the short-term future.”

The Taiwan operation, which has three members of staff, will report to Certex UK’s engineering services team, in Great Yarmouth, UK. As part of Certex Renewables it will also provide a route to market for loose lifting equipment and bespoke lifting products, including the manufacture of wind turbine blade lifting attachments and other customised equipment.

Lifting Solutions has 22 companies with over 100 locations worldwide, but until now the renewable energy sector has been served mainly from the UK and Denmark, from where other markets like Taiwan and the USA are supported. However, the newly launched global Certex Renewables Division incorporates additional companies in Germany, Spain, France, Russia, China, and the United States which have recently pivoted towards wind energy, while Lifting Solutions’ first foray outside of Europe with the acquisition of five lifting companies in Australia, chimed with global renewables strategy.

 “Certex Renewables will benefit from our presence and visibility on the ground. We have a design team based in Denmark, working from a new technology centre to provide specialist support. Coupled with our catalogue of other services, we’re going to market with a full-service package,” added Wilcox.