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ABB opens fifth Brazil plant to manufacture wind power equipment

Swiss power firm opens Brazil plant to manufacture gear for energy sectors including wind power equipment as part of $200m expansion plan

The plant near São Paulo, Brazil, will manufacture wind power equipment, including high-power rectifiers for e-houses

Swiss power and automation technology firm ABB has opened its fifth factory in Brazil which will manufacture wind power equipment for projects across Latin America. The plant is part of a USD 200m investment to expand ABB’s technology development and production capacity to serve increasing domestic demand from industries, including the wind power sector. 

The Brazil-based plant will allow ABB for the first time to assemble in one location compact power substations, called e-houses. It will manufacture wind power equipment, including high-power rectifiers for the e-houses, used in the integration of wind converters. It will also manufacture motors, generators, drive systems, measurement equipment and low-voltage products. 

The plant is located in the city, Sorocaba, in the state, São Paulo, Brazil. The inauguration of the plant follows US fiirm GE expanding its wind turbine facility in Sao Paulo to boost nacelle production in September 2013.

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, said: “We are extremely proud of this new state-of-the-art facility, which demonstrates once again our long-term commitment to Brazil. As one of the world’s leading economies, Brazil is a key market for ABB. We are very pleased to continue to support Brazil’s economic growth through infrastructure and industrialisation projects.”

ABB, which has headquarters based in Zurich Switzerland, said customers in Brazil tend to procure electrical gear, such as wind power equipment, from multiple suppliers. With the new factory, the company said it can act as a single vendor capable of engineering, designing, assembling, packaging, testing and delivering the equipment. 

Brazil is boosting industrial production, power capacity and enhancing transmission and distribution infrastructure, including across the wind power sector, to meet the needs of its expanding economy. ABB said the wind power equipment manufactured at the plant will be sold both in the domestic market and exported to other Latin American countries to help meet growing demand. The plant, which began operating in 2013, is expected to have generated 1000 jobs by 2015.