A new traction transformer production facility has been inaugurated by ABB Group, a Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation, in South Africa. Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB, inaugurated the new factory with The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Lionel October.
He said that ABB is proud of this new traction transformer facility as it reiterates the company’s philosophy of locating manufacturing units close to customers. Ulrich also said that the new facility reinforces ABB’s Next Level strategy focus on strengthening presence in Africa and supports the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility.
This unit will produce traction transformers to help power trains and support South Africa’s growing railway network. 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.
The 2,450m2 facility is expected to employ 60 people by the end of 2017 and the first major order to be executed at the new facility will be the supply of traction units for 240 Bombardier electric locomotives. The local manufacturing of these traction units supports the South African government’s local procurement and employment requirements.