The industrial giant ABB is stepping up production of high-voltage dry bushings – critical components in electrical networks – by investing more than EUR 26 million (USD 30 million) in a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Sweden.
The new plant is under construction at ABB’s complex in Ludvika, Dalarna County in central Sweden, which is one of the company’s largest and most technologically advanced manufacturing sites.
The plant will enable ABB to boost production and expand the capacity and range of its high-voltage dry bushings offering.
"With this new factory we will increase our production capacity to meet the increased demand for our innovative dry epoxy bushings," says Markus Heimbach, head of ABB’s Transformer Business Unit, part of the company’s Power Grids division.
“This investment reinforces ABB’s commitment to being a leader in developing cutting-edge technology and reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
The market for high-voltage bushings has grown due to a rise in global demand for electricity and long-range electrical transmission links. These are used to transmit energy from renewable sources and require high voltages.
Bushings are hollow and cone-shaped, mostly ceramic devices that allow electrical conductors to pass safely through partitions such as walls or tanks, and insulate the conductor and its electrical field.
ABB’s “dry” bushings use epoxy instead of oil as an insulating material, making them safer and more environmentally-friendly.
ABB operates in more than 100 countries with approximately 135,000 employees working in business areas such as robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids. In Sweden, the company has 8,800 employees at 30 different sites.
The Swedish headquarters are located in Västerås together with one of ABB’s largest research centers. The complex in Ludvika, central Sweden, is one of ABB Group’s largest and most technologically advanced manufacturing sites worldwide.Source: Business Sweden