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Press Release Xiamen, China 19-11-2020

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids inaugurates new surge arrester factory in China

New state-of-the-art factory features automated production lines to increase capacity, while ensuring safe and environmentally-sustainable operations

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has inaugurated a new surge arrester factory in China to meet the growing demand for safe and reliable energy. Located at its hub site in Xiamen, Southeast of Fugian Province, the new factory builds on the business’ existing manufacturing capabilities established in Shenzhen in 2012.

Incorporating automated production lines and designed to a high standard of safety and environmental-sustainability, the new factory increases the production capacity of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in China.

The existing hub in Xiamen is already home to the production of state-of-the-art gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), gas-insulated lines (GIL) and GIS components up to 1,200-kilovolt (kV) – the highest voltage level in the world. In addition to the factories, the hub also houses laboratories capable of performing tests on all high-voltage products up to 1,200 kV, as well as training and service capabilities. Furthermore, a technology centre facilitates close collaboration between the business’ R&D experts and customers, enabling the co-creation of innovative power solutions.

This new surge arrester factory, which incorporates the latest advanced manufacturing processes, sets new industry standards for achieving quality and sustainability goals. The investment will further strengthen our capabilities to support China’s development towards a sustainable energy future.

Markus Heimbach, Managing Director of the High Voltage Products business in Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Developing a resilient and reliable electricity network in China

China, the world’s largest energy producer and the largest energy consumer, has an annual growing installed power generation capacity of five percent1. As the country moves into a new ‘energy revolution’ for cleaner, high-efficiency and digital technologies, China will account for 40 percent of the anticipated global renewable capacity by 20242.

Surge arresters are an essential component for increasing the reliability of the electricity network in this energy revolution. This is because they serve as the primary protection for electrical equipment against overvoltages. As a global technology leader, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has more than 75 years of experience in designing and manufacturing surge arresters The business provides a complete range of products for low, medium and high voltage applications, comprising of solutions for AC and DC systems up to 1,100 kV. In China, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has produced over three million units of surge arresters, enabling safe and stable grid operations across the country.

1EIA, China
2IEA, China

About Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is global technology leader with a combined heritage of almost 250 years, employing around 36,000 people in 90 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the business serves utility, industry and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage and data centers. With a proven track record, global footprint and unparalleled installed base, Hitachi ABB Power Grids balances social, environmental and economic values. It is committed to powering good for a sustainable energy future, with pioneering and digital technologies, as the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid. /content/pg/www/en/