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David Brown announces participation at Wind Energy Updates 4th Annual Wind Energy Operations and Maintenance Summit

London (PR) February 15, 2012

David Browns participation in the 4th Annual Wind Energy Operations and Maintenance Summit will address the global wind turbine gear industry and examine key themes such as how main transmission failure in wind turbines compares with similar planetary drives in non-wind applications. Also on the agenda is the current state of the wind energy supply chain, the use of slewing, worm and parallel shaft arrangements versus yaw and pitch drives as well as increasing visibility of gearbox performance data for wind turbine operators.

The David Brown team will address specifically how leveraging global experience, such as that from mission critical industries, to go beyond current equipment specifications is driving the wind turbine gear industry. The discussion will focus on David Browns operations model as a case study.

Tom Marek, David Browns North American Business Unit Leader Wind Energy explains: Our goal in participating in Wind Energy Updates 4th Annual Wind Energy Operations & Maintenance Summit is simple, we want talk frankly about gearing issues in the wind industry and specifically about how our global engineering, service and production network is designed to address the needs of wind turbine owners the same way we support our defence, conventional power, hydro, oil and gas, rail and mining customers. It is important that we address the industrys key gearing issues in order to move forward to lower through life costs, and ultimately the cost of energy for the industrys operators.

This news follows the recent announcement of David Browns acquisition of leading Canadian industrial gear manufacturer Unigear Industries Inc, as part of its North American growth strategy, as well as its recent signing of a multi-million pound contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to design, develop and manufacture an innovative 7MW offshore wind gearbox.

David Brown, along with eight of North Americas leading Operators will be in Dallas to discuss how best to utilize the latest industry experience, proven technology and O&M strategies to maximize generation and reduce costs in wind farms.