Vestas in Romania new steps for a consolidated position
With a strong organization and deep understanding of the business Vestas CEU Romania is fully prepared to acknowledge and accomplish our customer's needs building up long term relations and supporting our customer's developments in the region.
As part of Vestas strategy to develop and follow worldwide opportunities, Vestas Central Europe, the entity responsible for the region decided to enter into the Romanian market on 2008. At that time renewables and particularly wind was a new concept in Romania as no installation was in operation.
As part of EU, Romania accepted and implemented the required legislation in order to fulfill the agreed 2020 targets. As a natural step the niche industry started with the specific developments, creation of local competences and knowledge followed by practical implementation.
Vestas as a pioneer is always present into the emerging markets so naturally was present in Romania too. The local company named Vestas CEU Romania started with few employees growing to a strong, mature and well established local entity.
Now 5 years later we are the leader of the market with more than 1000MW under long term operation. Our organization grew from five employees in 2009 to more than 120 employees in 2014 deployed into the Dobrogea and Moldova region where the majority of the wind farm are installed and operated.
Biggest foreign investors are between our customers as we are enlarging the partnership with them in all the new areas of investment.Based on Customer Loyalty Survey Romania's organization received from Vestas CSO Juan Araluce y Martinez de Azagra the Country Award for 2013.
VP Sales for CEE Phylip Leferink stated with that occasion "Romania developed from an emerging to a mature market in a relatively short time. This means that, when looking at the current achievements, we need to understand how much work has been put in. Thanks to internal knowledge transfer, optimization of processes and, perhaps most importantly, the extremely hard work of the Romanian team, Vestas' efforts is recognized by our customers."
The full local operational entity covering sales, construction and service as core activities increased and reached a new milestone. The organizational structure reinforces accountability and allows us to bench mark performance between the new created service hubs so we can continuously improve. Externally, the set-up gives fast response time, flexibility and what is the most important close relationship between the Vestas teams and our customers as it is always the same dedicated team that works on the project. Good will of ensuring great performance and attitude towards colleagues and daily sharing/aligning of best practice and updates with each other in the offices are important business behaviors.
In parallel the scope of activity was expanded and now Vestas CEU Romania is in the position to support the newest markets with specific competences. Following market development new activities & services have been proposed to our customers in order to increase the performance of their wind farms.
Further local supporting functions have been added and a local HSE/QSE position has been fulfilled.
As Safety is the first priority in Vestas we are investing to create, develop and maintain an environment free of risk for our employees, customers and partners. The demanding local legal requirements create challenges in daily business therefore it is constantly monitored to ensure Vestas safety is imposed in documentation and site activities.
Beginning of 2014 an internal evaluation established that we are now prepared to go further and the entity is ready to request the local implementation of Quality Management System ISO 9001, Environmental Management System ISO 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems OHSAS 18001.
An internal audit process started early in February 2014 covering all the functions identifying the areas of improvements, with specific analyses on headquarter and each of the four working points opened into the country. The over-all audit conclusion is that the local activities in the Romanian organization are performed showing a high level of professionalism and cooperation. The awareness is high of both the customer needs and Vestas global processes.
Following the internal evaluation and the corrective actions identified and implemented now we are proud to declare that our local entity Vestas CEU Romania passes this maturity exam and will receive the respective certificates.