ABB is driving safe, smart, sustainable electrification solutions at DISTRIBUTECH 2020

ABB’s Electrification business continues its focus on the United States market at the DISTRIBUTECH 2020 event in San Antonio, Texas. The annual transmission and distribution event provides ABB the opportunity to showcase new technologies and investments aimed at supporting the power industry.

ABB’s $2.6 billion acquisition of General Electric’s Industrial Solution business expanded ABB’s portfolio of electrification solutions in 2018, delivering customers a portfolio that offers customers the most comprehensive one-line construction package on the market. These products, as well as ABB’s market-leading Medium Voltage products, including pad-mount switchgear, reclosers and vault mount switchgear, will be on display in Booth #2947.

New product highlights include:

ABB’s new GridShield Recloser, which offers unparalleled reliability and flexibility in the harshest of outdoor environments, and multiple relay configurations for easy integration in any smart grid. This is the only recloser available that uses ABB vacuum interrupters in ABB embedded poles, with a mean time to failure of more than 10,000 years.

ABB Tru-Break switchgear module from Elastimold. The Tru-Break switchgear module is an innovative, hotstick-operable modular unit that mechanically interlocks with the connected switch or interrupter. This means that the Tru-Break switchgear module’s handle cannot be operated if the switch or interrupter is in the closed position and the vacuum bottle is conducting current, ensuring an added level of safety for line workers.

ABB also chose DISTRIBUTECH to highlight its continued focus and investment in the utility and electrification markets by unveiling a dedicated utility sales organization to support the entire ABB portfolio.

“The utility space will remain a key segment for us following the carve-out of our Power Grids business, so we’re maintaining our leadership position with dedicated resources for sales and marketing, as well as R&D,” said Michael Plaster, Head of Utility Marketing and Sales, U.S., ABB. “Our recent expansions in the U.S. show that ABB continues to evolve to meet customer demand.”

Since 2019, ABB has announced investments of over $120 million in its U.S. Electrification operations, including:

“- In Mebane, NC, ABB is investing in $40 million expansion of its manufacturing operations with an additional 200,000 square feet and 400 jobs to be added in the next 5 years.

“- In Senatobia, MS, ABB is investing $36 million to grow the facility to 200,000 square feet and add close to 200 new positions by 2021.

“- In Bloomfield, CT, ABB is investing $16 million as the company opens a new Product Development Center.

Since 2010, ABB has invested over $14 billion in the United States and the country is the largest single market for its products.

“ABB is a global company with a strong local footprint and expanding to meet the growing demand in the U.S. is pivotal to our success,” said Frankin Sullivan, Lead Business Manager, ABB Electrification. “We feel confident in saying that no other company in this space is investing as fully in products, people and plants in the United States as ABB is right now.”

With over 24,000 employees in more than 100 communities, ABB is a leader in the industrial technology revolution in the United States. ABB’s Electrification business has always been at the forefront of innovative electrification and today is writing the future of safe, smart and sustainable electrification.

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