NYTimes.com: To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules
One Chinese supplier here became so adept at making a 10-ton steel frame that keeps a wind turbine’s gearbox and generator aligned even under gale-force conditions, and making it so cheaply, that the Spanish company now ships the Chinese frame halfway around the world for turbines that Gamesa assembles at its American plant in Fairless Hills, Pa. Mr. Calvet said the American manufacturing sector had been so weakened in recent decades that for some components there were no American machinery companies readily available.
The Chinese have protected their companies by requiring a percentage of local content. The U.S. has no such requirement.
How many things can we no longer make in the United States even if we wanted to?