ABB ( IW 1000/129), a power and automation technology group, announced on April 16 that it will invest around $50 million to build new facilities in India to manufacture high-voltage products and transformers.
The expansion is part of the company's strategy to locally develop, manufacture and market products that meet the needs of Indian customers."This decision supports our in country for country approach and our business philosophy to locate production facilities closer to markets," said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB's Power Products division.
The facilities will be located in the western state of Gujarat and produce high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and PASS (plug and switch system) hybrid switchgear as well as dry-type and oil immersed distribution transformers. The facilities are expected to be operational by the end of 2012.
PASS is a hybrid switchgear solution that combines features of air- and gas-insulated technologies. It incorporates the functions of a complete switchgear bay in a single module.
The new transformer factory will manufacture vacuum cast coil dry-type transformers and oil immersed distribution transformers. It will help to bridge a gap in the present product offering in India and extend the distribution transformer range up to 10 megavolt amperes (MVA), 33 kilovolts (kV). It will also enable localization of vacuum cast coil dry-type transformers.
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