To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the company’s extensive Vadodara manufacturing hub in the western state of Gujarat, India, ABB (IW 1000/112), manufacturer of power and automation technology, yesterday inaugurated two new facilities.
The new units covering an area of about 15,000 square meters were built in 18 months at an investment of approximately $50 million and are located in Savli, close to the Vadodara facility. The new manufacturing units will produce high-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers.
“This expansion supports our ‘in country for country’ approach and is in line with ABB’s strategy of establishing manufacturing and marketing units close to customers,” said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division. “By expanding our footprint in India, we can provide customers with an extended offering and deliver solutions suited to local needs, faster and more efficiently.”
The high-voltage unit will produce gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and PASS (plug and switch system) hybrid switchgear to serve growing demand in India and will also serve as an export hub. The new transformer factory will focus on the production of dry-type and oil immersed distribution transformers.
The new transformer factory will extend the distribution transformer range up to 10 megavolt amperes (MVA), 36 kilovolts (kV).
The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.