Establishing Internationally Competitive Wind Turbine Component Production in South Africa: A Feasibility Study

Peter Korning Andersen & Thomas Hebo Larsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This paper aims to assess the possibility of South Africa establishing internationally competitive local production of key components to the global wind power industry. This is done by applying theory on industrial policy, global value chains and the international competitiveness of national industries. The findings indicate that it is unlikely that South Africa will become internationally competitive within key wind turbine component supply. As such, the paper puts into perspective the difficulties of developing countries in establishing themselves within mature and technology-intensive global industries.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages123