The Hon. Peter Collier, State Energy Minister, officially opens ABB’s new distribution transformer manufacturing facility in Western Australia.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, inaugurated a new production facility in Malaga, north-east of Perth, Western Australia to enhance its transformer manufacturing network. The facility produces distribution transformers up to 10MVA and 33kV, serving the power and distribution needs of utility and industry customers in the region.
ABB’s Malaga site was officially inaugurated on Feb. 11, 2010 by the Hon. Peter Collier, West Australian Minister for Energy and John Gaskell, county manager of ABB in Australia. The new purpose-built manufacturing facility replaces two sites, one of which had been in operation since the late 1950’s and will enable all ABB’s divisions to be represented in one location. The 9100 square meter facility is designed to optimise production efficiency, quality and ensures safety is built into the manufacturing process.
“I’m delighted to be here to launch this new facility for ABB,” said Peter Collier, minister for energy. “Having a local manufacturing capability in ABB, has clearly been important to Western Power who has maintained an alliance partnership with ABB since 1996. I say without any hesitation that together with its customers, ABB’s distribution transformer centre makes a significant contribution not only to the electricity security of the state, but to the overall prosperity of Western Australia.”
John Gaskell, manager for ABB in Australia added: “Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility not only reaffirms our commitment to our local utility and industry customers, but also to manufacturing in Australia. It ensures we have a real presence in WA, in terms of power technology production capacity, project management and engineering capabilities to satisfy customers’ specific design requirements.
ABB Australia has achieved substantial energy savings through the incorporation of superior industrial oven technology and vacuum processing into the operation. This has reduced the energy consumption of this part of the transformer manufacturing process by an estimated 45 percent.
Air quality improvements have also been achieved with the installation of evaporative air conditioning and by maintaining positive indoor air-pressure to manage and contain dust particles. The introduction of new conveyor lines and material handling equipment has lessened the reliance on overhead cranes, significantly reducing risk and providing a safer work environment. The Malaga factory is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited.