ABB will invest US$30 million in a new plant in Poland making components for power and distribution transformers. The factory will be completed by mid-2013 and will employ about 140 people, including machine operators and logistics, purchasing, quality and engineering support personnel.
The new factory will manufacture transformer components to support ABB's existing transformer manufacturing facilities in Lodz. These units manufacture power transformers rated up to 300 MVA with voltages up to 500 kV and oil-filled distribution transformers rated from 30 kVa to 2,300 kVA. Both factories serve the European market, and the power transformer operation also serves other regions.
In addition, ABB has a center in Lodz that delivers prefabricated insulation kits and elements to its power transformer factories in Europe, helping them to reduce cycle times and lower costs. When the new component factory is completed, it will bring the total number of ABB employees in Lodz to about 1,000. This is ABB's third investment in Poland in recent years, following the construction of factories to manufacture electric motors and power electronics, which is also located close to Lodz.