August 6 - Siemens is to build its first German production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Cuxhaven.

Nacelles for Siemens' next-generation wind turbines, which have a capacity of 7 MW, will be manufactured at the new facility.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place later this year, with production of the first components scheduled to begin in mid 2017.

The planned production facility covers an area of 170,000 sq m and will be located directly at the edge of Cuxhaven's well-developed harbour, allowing heavy components to be loaded directly onto vessels and avoiding expensive ground transportation.