ABB today inaugurated its new ABB Xiamen Hub in the city’s Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Park.
Spreading at 425,000 sq m, Xiamen Hub is ABB’s largest innovation and manufacturing site. The site includes R&D, engineering, manufacturing, sales and service, as well as supply chain management and corporate functions.
“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,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB.
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.
Further, the site hosts R&D centers for low-voltage electrical systems as well as a 1,200kV ultra-high voltage test lab, the highest voltage level in China. The site also has ABB’s first digitally connected remote service center in China.
Chunyuan Gu, president of ABB’s Asia, Middle East and Africa region, said, “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 2,000 in R&D.”
The new hub is one of a number of major new investments ABB is making in China. Most recently the company announced a US$150 million investment in a new robotics “factory of the future” in Shanghai.
ABB’s other recent initiatives in China include Robotics Application Center in Chongqing and ABB Shenzhen New Energy Technology Center. ABB has invested more than US$2.4 billion in China since 1992.