ABB today inaugurated two new facilities producing power products in India to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the company's extensive Vadodara manufacturing hub in Gujarat.
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, near Vadodara facility. The new manufacturing units will 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.
"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."
ABB's latest generation GIS has a compact and modular design, enabling reductions in product volume, footprint and weight, while enhancing eco-efficiency. The PASS hybrid switchgear solution combines features of air- and gas-insulated technologies. It incorporates the functions of a complete switchgear bay in a single module, and can be installed quickly with the help of pre-assembled modules.
The new transformer factory will extend the distribution transformer range up to 10 MVA, 36 kV. ABB has global expertise in the design and manufacture of transformers for special requirements such as dry-type transformers which help to reduce environmental impact and can withstand environmentally challenging conditions.