In 1963 ABB (erstwhile Hindustan Brown Boveri) established its Maneja production facility in the city of Vadodara. One of the first products produced at this factory was a 25 kV (kilovolt) circuit breaker for the railways. 50 years later, ABB rolled out a 1200 kV circuit breaker and power transformer from the very same location – aptly even the voltage level was 50 times higher! The 1,200 kV products are for an ultrahigh-voltage test substation established by Powergrid, the country’s central transmission utility in Bina, Madhya Pradesh.
To commemorate the historic occasion, ABB inaugurated two new manufacturing facilities for power products in Savli, on the outskirts of Vadodara. These new units are another example of ABB’s ‘in country for country’ approach to host manufacturing close to customers.
ABB’s manufacturing facilities in Vadodara already encompass power and distribution transformers, high-voltage air-insulated switchgear, instrument transformers, high-voltage machines, wind power generators, turbochargers and distribution automation equipment. The facility also hosts R&D facilities as well as advanced product and engineering training centers for customers. The new units in Savli will further expand the company’s footprint, facilitate customer service and domestic growth and provide export opportunities.
ABB has won an order from Alstom to supply 1600 traction transformers for 800 new electric freight locomotives in India. The new locomotives will expand Indian Railways’ capacity, easing congestion on busy routes for both freight and passenger services. The transformers will be manufactured locally in this plant, supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to encourage manufacturing in the country.
ABB plans supply 25 kilovolt (kV)/50 hertz (Hz) underframe traction transformers for the 800 locomotives (2 units per locomotive). The compact transformers are designed for the most demanding conditions, including extreme temperatures and voltage fluctuations. They will support heavy freight loads over long distance haulage under rigorous conditions, including steep inclines.
Traction transformers feed power at safe voltages to essential train functions like traction, brakes, lighting, heating and ventilation, as well as passenger information, signaling and communication. Used by rail operators around the globe, ABB traction transformers are manufactured at its plants in Switzerland, India and China, and provide the highest levels of availability and reliability for uninterrupted train service.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.