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ABB to strengthen manufacturing footprint in the Czech Republic


 Zurich, Switzerland, April 22, 2015 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced the inauguration of new $50 million manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic for air-insulated medium voltage switchgear, instrument transformers and substation automation systems.

New manufacturing units for air-insulated medium voltage switchgear and instrument transformers will be located at ABB’s site in Brno, the country’s second largest city. New substation automation systems facilities will also be established near an existing ABB site in Trutnov, a city located north-east of the country’s capital, Prague.

At the company’s Brno campus, ABB’s medium-voltage business unit produces air-insulated switchgear, instrument transformers and sensors and has a service unit and research and development center. The new facility here will be one of the largest and most-advanced plants of its kind in the world, with specially automated lines. This latest expansion supports ABB’s global footprint approach and is line with its Next Level Strategy aimed at accelerating sustainable value creation.

Brno new unit

It will cover a production area of about 13,000 square meters and enable a 25 percent increase in the number of switchgear units produced. One of the highlights of the new unit will be fully automated and semi-automated lines for casting instrument transformers, deploying state-of-the-art ABB robots.

This marks the latest expansion of the site. In 2014, ABB inaugurated a new 12,500-square-meter manufacturing unit for high-voltage components in Brno as part of its global gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) factory network, incorporating engineering, assembly, and testing facilities.