ABB Group invested 5 million US Dollar to modernize factory in £ódŸ

The Polish factory plays a major role in ABB’s network delivering 6000 distribution transformers per year for the European market

Warszawa, March 15th, 2002: ABB announced that its distribution transformer factory located in Poland achieved full production capacity after investing five million US Dollar during the last two years. The automated production process allows delivering 6,000 medium sized oil distribution transformers per year for the European market. Investments covered, among other equipment, tank production, core fabrication, coil winding machines, and a testing station.

Being one of the world's most modern facilities of that kind it enables fast production, high quality and competitive prices utilizing economies of scale. During a visit to Poland, Peter Smits, ABB’s group executive committee member and head of Power Technology Products division, pointed out the achievements especially in the reduced cycle times: “Due to our new manufacturing process, we managed to drastically decrease the throughput time of a product. We are now talking about days rather than weeks.”

Medium sized oil transformers covering the power range from 250 kilovolt Ampere (kVA) up to 2000 kVA are mainly used in electricity distribution networks. Recently ABB in Poland signed a contract worth 855,000 US Dollar for delivery of 200 distribution transformers to STOEN, the Warsaw electricity distribution utility. In December 2001 the company also signed a contract with ENECO in Holland worth 700,000 Euro. The first deliveries took place in December 2001 and will be continued until May this year.

The factory in £ódŸ employs about 200 people and is a good example of ABB’s focused factory concept. This means that a factory specialises in a certain part of the group’s product portfolio. “They concentrate on what they can do best to serve the customer”, said Peter Smits. According to the ABB executive it is a complete concept which is not just speeding up production inside the plant: “It is really a concept covering the whole manufacturing process and changing the way we work”, said Smits.

ABB has also been investing in other Power Technology production plants in Poland, especially in the field of high voltage and medium voltage (MV) electrical apparatus. The total amount of investments made during the last four years in this area reached 25 million US Dollar. Modernisation as well as research and development programs have been conducted in Warsaw, Przasnysz, £ódŸ and Cracow plants. At the moment the factory in Przasnysz is becoming the next focused factory of ABB in Poland, globally responsible for the production of MV instrument voltage transformers, MV current transformers for special applications and low voltage surge arresters. Furthermore ABB nominated the power transformer factory in £ódŸ as focused factory.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering their environmental impact. ABB has some 155,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

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