Vestas kept No. 1 spot in wind market -consultant

COPENHAGEN, March 17 (Reuters) - Denmark's Vestas VWS.CO kept its position as the world's No. 1 supplier of wind turbines in 2009 while two Chinese rivals climbed into the top 5 in terms of market share, MAKE Consulting said on Wednesday. The Denmark-based consultancy's new ranking list came as a glimpse of its report for paying subscribers on the wind energy equipment market and ahead of rival consultant BTM's 2009 market review expected towards the end of this month.

“Despite Vestas’ drop in market share in 2009, the company succeeded in defending its No. 1 position,” MAKE said.

It did not give precise figures in its brief statement but displayed a graph showing Vestas still commanding more than 14 percent of the global market in 2009 ahead of U.S. engineering conglomerate General Electric GE.N with close to 13 percent.

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel climbed into the No. 3 spot and China's Goldwind 002202.SZ rose to fifth rank behind Germany's Enercon in fourth place. MAKE did not give their previous rankings.

“The most interesting movement from 2008 to 2009 lies in the Chinese players now having two players in the top 5 and five players in the top 10,” MAKE said.

“With total installations of 3,495 megawatts and 2,722 MW in China alone, Sinovel and Goldwind are now ranked 3 and 5, respectively,” it said.

Germany's Siemens SIEGn.DE was in sixth place in 2009, Spain's Gamesa GAM.MC No. 7 and India's Suzlon SUZL.BO ranked eighth, MAKE said.

Siemens said earlier this month it was on its way towards becoming one of the world’s top 3 wind turbine makers by 2012. [nLDE62B0OD]

MAKE said China was the world’s biggest wind power equipment market in 2009, followed by the United States, Spain, Germany and India.

(Reporting by John Acher; Editing by Sharon Lindores)

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