ABB recently hosted an event at its Malaga (Perth) factory to celebrate the significant milestone of 60 years of transformer manufacturing in Western Australia.
The 60-year supply history has seen the factory provide distribution transformers and services that have helped to develop one of the world’s largest and most remote electricity networks, operated by local utility Western Power.
"We were delighted to be celebrating this anniversary with so many of our long-standing customers, employees, suppliers and key stakeholders,” said Axel Kuhr, General Manager for ABB in Australia.
“Our Perth operation has proven itself a reliable technology partner for government, utilities and the resources sector and has helped ABB to become one of the leading brand names in the power and automation marketplace in Australia.”
“Its also good to see,” said Kuhr, that “manufacturing can still exist in this so called high-cost country.”
“I am pleased this locally based manufacturing capability has continued to provide an important contribution not only to the security of electricity supplies for the State, but also to the overall prosperity of Western Australia,” said “Dr Mike Nahan, Energy Minister for Western Australia.
The plant has also built a strong reputation over many years for being a supplier of preference for transformers designed and manufactured to suit the rigour of long distance transport and the harsh operating conditions found in regional Western Australia.
ABB transformers whose manufacture date goes back to early 1960-70s can still be found stabilising the power at iconic and remote mining and oil & gas operations, including Rio Tinto, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Woodside and most recently Roy Hill.
Among those present at the plaque unveiling ceremony were Paul Italiano, Chief Executive Officer of Western Power, representatives from key resources sector customers and members of ABB Australia’s senior management.