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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS ABB India expands Gujarat factory to meet growing global demand for digital substation products and digital systems

Apr 25, 2022

ABB India inaugurates a new production facility that will manufacture digital technologies for electrical distribution networks for Indian and global markets. This demonstrates ABB India’s commitment to ‘Make in India’, making India a global hub for electrical equipment manufacturing. Its high-quality power protection technology will support India’s target to expand renewable energy to 500 GW by 2030.

ABB India recently announced the inauguration of its expanded digital substation products and digital systems factory in Vadodara, Gujarat. This new factory will meet the growing demand for a wide range of digital substation products and digital solutions in India and in more than 50 countries. The manufacturing portfolio includes products like relays, while the solutions range from centralised protection and control systems and distribution automation to bus transfer systems and arc protection for the electrical distribution network. These products are deployed across multiple industries, from cement, steel, oil & gas to utilities (power distribution companies) and renewable energy projects through OEMs.

Expressing his views, Sanjeev Sharma, Country Head & MD, ABB India, said, “As per IEA, India is projected to be among the top 3 energy consumers of the world by 2030 and currently is the fifth largest consumer. This exponential increase in demand, followed by the mix of diversified and distributed energy sources, has increased the requirement for quality power equipment manufacturing in India. ABB’s wide portfolio and future-proof technology have a significant role to play in supporting this growing demand. We have been consistently investing in Gujarat, making it one of our largest manufacturing campuses. The inauguration of this facility demonstrates our commitment to partner India’s grid expansion and clean energy targets.”

Supervising the safe continuity of electrical networks and reliable power distribution, relays, centralised protection, and control systems will play a critical role in India’s renewable energy and carbon reduction targets. The Indian government has the vision to increase the local manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment, making India a global hub by setting up dedicated manufacturing zones in the country.

Adding to this, Ganesh Kothawade, Senior Vice President – Electrification Business, ABB India, asserted, “The electrification of energy grids around the world has increased focus on reliable energy distribution, with connected, digital technologies a key enabler for transforming power distribution networks. Digitalisation can offer new levels of safety, real-time control and monitoring of power flow, seamless communication, self-diagnosis, and data processing. The wide range of digital substation products and digital system solutions manufactured in our new facility will help meet growing demand from our customers to improve the reliability, speed, accuracy, and efficiency of their electrical equipment and networks.”

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