ABB Australia expands motor and generator services business

ABB will acquire the business of Bob White Electrix and L.E. Jarvis to broaden its motor and generator repair and service business in Australia.

ABB Australia is acquiring the business of the Victoria- and Perth-based, privately owned companies for an undisclosed amount. The proposed acquisition is expected to close in July 2012.

Bob White Electrix has been established in the Australian marketplace since 1946. With in-house specialist coil manufacturing, large motor and generator repairs and a high speed-balancing pit built to accommodate rotors up to 85 tons, Bob White Electrix has built a reputation as a leader in the field of generator and motor repairs, including very large machines of up to 230 tons.

L.E. Jarvis has been operating as a business in Perth since 1967. Since that time, they have built a reputation as a quality service company specialising in rewind, repair, maintenance and overhaul of industrial motors and generators.

With two workshops in Victoria and one in Western Australia, this acquisition complements ABB’s motor sales portfolio and enables ABB to service customers across all states of Australia. ABB currently has a service workshop in Brisbane.

“This acquisition strengthens ABB’s ability to offer first-class service capabilities for all sizes of motors and generators across the country,” said Axel Kuhr, Country Manager of ABB Australia.

“It will enable our current field service team to draw on the experience of nearly 100 additional resources and will establish ABB as a leader in generator and motor repairs.”

To ensure continuity for customers, ABB will retain all existing staff from its three current sites.

Combined, the two companies offer the following services: AC and DC motor/generator maintenance and repairs; coil manufacturing; dynometer load testing; eddy current couplings and brakes; hazardous area equipment repair; high speed balancing; low speed balancing; and on-site services.

“For the past six decades, family-owned Bob White Electrix and L.E. Jarvis, have grown into world-recognised businesses,” said Geoff and Michael White.

"Joining the ABB group is an exciting time for our businesses. The global reach and expertise of ABB will enable Bob White Electrix and L.E. Jarvis to expand and increase the support it can offer its customers.”