Sixty years of transformer manufacturing celebrated

Sixty years of transformer manufacturing celebrated
WA Energy Minister Dr Mike Nahan and ABB managing director Axel Kuhr

Power and automation technology group ABB hosted an event at its Malaga (Perth) factory in October to celebrate 60 years of transformer manufacturing in Western Australia.

Guided factory tours were offered to guests, which included Western Power CEO Paul Italiano and state Energy Minister Dr Mike Nahan, who spoke and unveiled a plaque to mark the milestone in front of customers, employees and stakeholders. The tours provided guests with glimpses of the behind-the-scene operations and a review of the technology and processes utilised at the transformer manufacturing plant.

“I congratulate ABB Australia on reaching the major milestone of 60 years of manufacturing transformers in Perth,“ Dr Mike Nahan said.

“I am pleased this locally-based manufacturing capability has continued to provide an important contribution not only to the security of electricity supplies for the state, but also to the overall prosperity of Western Australia.”

The 9100sq m facility specialises in producing distribution transformers up to 10MVA and 33KV.

The long supply history has seen the factory provide distribution transformers and services that have helped develop one of the world’s largest and most isolated electricity networks, operated by local utility Western Power.