ABB to build new transmission cable factory in U.S.

Houston, Texas, May 18, 2010 — ABB, a power and automation technology group, will construct a new factory in the U.S. to manufacture high-voltage land cables for power transmission.

The new plant will manufacture land cables for use in both AC and DC applications. ABB will invest about $90 million in the new manufacturing facility, which is expected to employ around 100 people. The selection process for the site of the factory is under way.

“Cables play a key role in the efficiency and reliability of long-distance power transmission,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “The need to upgrade the existing transmission infrastructure in the United States, to provide grid interconnections and integrate more renewable power into the grid is driving demand for cables.”

ABB has been manufacturing polymeric insulated cables since the early 1970s and is a leading supplier of efficient, high-quality cable systems for a range of voltage levels.

The company’s offering includes XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulated cables for use in high-voltage applications, up to 500 kV, that provide opportunities for energy-efficient power transmission. ABB has delivered more than 7,200 km of XLPE cables for voltage levels above 100 kV around the world.

ABB is a power and automation technologies company that enables utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

The company’s North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.


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