ABB starts producing high-tech cables in Moscow

Manufacturing site upgraded for medium and high-voltage power cables

Moscow, Dec. 4, 2002 - ABB in Russia said today it is opening a new production line for high-tech medium and high-voltage power cables with cross-linked polyethylene isolation.

“Our strategy in Russia has always been to invest in long-term projects and modern production facilities,” said Yuri Kozlov, country manager for ABB in Russia. “It is a country we believe will show significant growth in the near future.”

ABB Moskabel, the Russian company getting the upgrade, unveiled the new production line during an official opening ceremony. The upgrade started in 2000. Since then ABB completely removed oil-filled cable production; modernized equipment; launched new technology lines and revamped production infrastructure. In addition, two metering and testing laboratories – unique to Russia and CIS – were opened for inspection and receiving-passing testing.

"Some of you may recall that from the very beginning, we set up production facilities in Russia," said Peter Smits, head of ABB's Power Technologies division at the opening ceremony. "In fact, we are the only global player in the power technology industry with its own factories, employing Russian people and producing Russian products with ABB quality.

"This has turned out to be a strong competitive advantage."

ABB has invested more than US$ 10 million in ABB Moskabel since it opened in 1997. During that time, ABB Moskabel has produced and installed 175 km of cable for 110 kV and more than 2,500 km of medium-voltage cable for 10-35 kV. The company meets ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 international quality standards.

ABB in Russia is made up of ten companies with their own production facilities. It employs around 1,000 people and had revenues around US$ 120 million. ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 146,000 people in more than 100 countries.

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    Yuri Kozlov, country manager for ABB in Russia and Peter Smits, head of ABB Power Technologies at the ceremony.

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