ABB Factory in Bulgaria Extends Production Competence

Business » INDUSTRY | January 23, 2012, Monday // 18:44

The ABB factory in Bulgaria's Sevlievo has assembled and delivered its first Metal Enclosed Capacitor Banks (MECB) products to European customers, ABB Bulgaria announced Monday.

The delivery was carried out at the very end of 2011, with the beneficiary being the Solvey Sodi company, a significant chemical plant in Bulgaria.

The assembly unit has been set up in Bulgaria's Sevlievo, with the support of ABB's Technical Lead Center for MECBs in Australia, aiming at shortening the lead time for European orders. MECBs are available in a range of models up to 12 kV.

ABB is the world's leading capacitor manufacturer. This competence has lead to a fully integrated solution for reactive compensation. The MECB combines primary components and secondary control and protection within a compact modular enclosure. The equipment is suitable for both electrical distribution utilities and large industrial power users, including mining, paper, chemical, petrochemical, wind farms, plastic and heavy industry. It allows customers to reduce electricity charges and energy losses, increase network capacity and reduce voltage drop as well as the effect of starting large machines," ABB Bulgaria explained.

MECB represents the second addition to the Sevlievo factory's portfolio in 2011, the first one being the Local Control Cabinets (LCC) assembly for GIS up to 170 kV. The first LCC dispatch was made in October 2011.

"The introduction of both (high voltage) products was done in the context of operating the ABB Avangard factory in Sevlievo as the High Voltage Products European assembly hub for these products. In addition, the scope of this project also included the introduction of a SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system," the company explained.

The plant in the town of Sevlievo in Central Bulgaria has been part of the ABB Group since 1996. The factory is specialized in MV (Medium Voltage) and HV (High Voltage) disconnectors in the range of 12 – 550kV, for which it provides engineering, assembly, site installation, warranty and after-warranty services, as well as spare parts.

"We are happy and proud with this new competence of our factory. ABB Avangard is a plant with a long tradition in Bulgaria, which has proven over the years a good performance and a high quality of its products. Over the past 15 years, the factory's products have been exported to more than 30 countries." – said Peter Simon – Country manager of ABB in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.

ABB operates in Bulgaria through three companies in six locations, the main focus being on production. The three ABB production units, situated in Petrich, Sevlievo and Rakovski deliver key products and components, acting either as key suppliers to other ABB factories within the ABB Group, or delivering ABB products to end customers.

The Swiss-based engineering ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.

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