ABB opens advanced innovation and manufacturing hub in China
ABB has opened its new ABB Xiamen Hub in the city’s Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Park. The new site integrates the full range of ABB’s activities, including R&D, engineering, manufacturing, sales and service, as well as supply chain management and corporate functions. Constructed and equipped using the latest environmentally sound materials and systems, including ABB’s fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, the site sets new standards in sustainability.
“The Xiamen Hub is ABB’s largest and one of our most advanced manufacturing sites, and it demonstrates the potential of Industry 4.0 on our own premises,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB. “It is designed to provide state-of-the-art solutions and services for our customers in China as well as enterprises active in China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative. By bringing all of our activities together in one central hub, we will be ideally positioned to support China’s reform agenda by helping Xiamen and the surrounding region build up leading positions in advanced industries.”
The ABB Xiamen Hub will focus primarily on the development and manufacturing of products and solutions for ABB’s Electrification Products and Power Grids divisions. It is home to one of ABB’s largest R&D centres for low-voltage electrical systems as well as a 1200 kV ultrahigh-voltage test lab, the highest voltage level in China. The site also has ABB’s first digitally connected remote service centre in China. Since the launch of ABB’s ABB Ability digital offering last year, the Group’s digital business in China has doubled in size.
The inauguration ceremony of the Xiamen Hub was attended by Pei Jinjia, Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xiamen Municipal Committee, and other government representatives, ABB customers from the utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure sectors, and ABB Group and local management.
“Xiamen has long been one of the most important industrial bases for ABB in China and globally,” said Chunyuan Gu, President of ABB’s Asia, Middle East and Africa region. “The city was home to our first joint venture in China 26 years ago and has played a crucial role in the development of ABB in China, where we now employ 18,000 people in more than 140 cities, including more than 2000 in R&D.”
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