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ABB invests $43.5m to upgrade motion and automation r&d

09 September, 2020

ABB is investing about CHF40m ($43.5m) in new research and development facilities and office space for its Motion and Industrial Automation Business in Turgi, Switzerland. The investment will enable ABB to strengthen its position several high-growth areas and to expand its innovation capabilities.

Construction of the new 7,000m2 building, containing a combination of office space and r&d facilities, is due to start in the spring of 2021, and will be ready for occupation by 2024. The smart, energy-efficient building will incorporate ABB intelligent systems and digital technologies for building control and power distribution.

“This investment is the most significant we have made in Switzerland over the past decade and will strengthen ABB’s global centre of excellence for power electronics from r&d all the way to production,” says Robert Itschner, ABB’s country managing director for Switzerland. “By working tirelessly to drive innovation, ABB will continue to contribute to improving energy efficiency and sustainability in mobility, industry and infrastructure – now and in the future.”

ABB's expanded facilities in Turgi, Switzerland, will allow it to strengthen its position in high-growth areas

ABB has operated in Turgi since 1967 and currently employs around 1,100 people there in its Motion and Industrial Automation and Energy Industries businesses. The 48,000m2 premises includes production areas, r&d facilities and office space. The site develops and manufactures technologies including traction converters for trains, e-buses and trams. As a global centre of excellence, the new facilities will help to advance these technologies. ABB says that the investment will allow it to move forward with sustainable solutions in an even more efficient manner.

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