T&D manufacturer BRUSH now making 132-kV power transformers

European power manufacturer BRUSH has completed a $7.1 million upgrade to its United Kingdom production hub to manufacture 132-kV transformers, the company reported Friday.

The investment will help improve the testing and manufacturing facilities, according to the release. The upgrade could cut BRUSH’s lead time on orders by up to 20 percent.

“There is increasing demand for large transformers from a range of industries ranging from energy to transport,” Simon Thomas, the company’s managing director for transformers, said in a statement. “With this development customers can for the first time access 132kV BRUSH transformers manufactured and delivered in the UK.”

BRUSH has installed new manufacturing capacity of 5,100 megavolt amperes (MVA) at its Loughborough site, with the potential for 6,900 MVA in the future.

The firm has also invested in its research and development facility for transformers, with new enclosures created for testing BRUSH’s low-noise units. Other improvements include increased lifting capabilities of 97.5 tonnes and upgraded oil processing plants.

“This is a major upgrade at our UK manufacturing hub and is the latest significant investment we have made to keep ahead of the market and meet the evolving needs of our customers,” Thomas said. “Our ongoing R&D work, meanwhile, will help ensure our products emit among the lowest noise levels in the market.”

BRUSH, which started more than 130 years ago, is an independent turbogenerator and transformer manufacturer. The firm has plants in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

BRUSH also recently announced completion of a new $47 million plant near Shanghai, China. The facility will manufacture turbogenerators for the Chinese market.

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