ABB expands electrical equipment business in southern Africa

Zurich, Switzerland, September 17, 1996 - ABB, the international electrical engineering company, today announced it has expanded its electrical equipment business in southern Africa through a joint venture in Mozambique and an acquisition in Namibia.

The new joint venture in Mozambique, named ABB Tecnel Ltd, is located in the capital, Maputo, and is 60 percent owned by ABB and 40 percent by Tecnel S.A.R.L. It employs 60 people and specializes in the rewinding of electrical motors and the repair of distribution transfomers.

The acquisition, made in a separate move in June this year, involved the Windhoek Electrical Works in Namibia, which specializes in the supply of electrical transmission and distribution equipment. The acquisition, named ABB Windhoek Electrical Works (Pty) Ltd, was formerly part of Brand Engineering Namibia (Pty) Ltd and is now 100-percent owned by ABB. The company employs 130 people and has been operating in Windhoek since 1971.

The two companies, who together employ nearly 200 people, will significantly increase ABB's ability to better serve the fast expanding regional market for rural electrification, installations and service.

ABB employs approximately 4,000 people in 48 countries in central and southern Africa. The ABB Group employs approximately 217,000 people in 140 countries with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion. (End).

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    • Mr. John Fox
      ABB Corporate Communications, Zurich
      Tel. +41 1 317 7371
      Fax. +41 1 317 7958
    • Mr. Chesney Bradshaw
      Country Communications Manager, South Africa
      Tel. +27 11 236 7578
      Fax. +27 11 236 7579
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