ABB celebrates 60 years of transformer manufacturing in Perth


ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has this week celebrated the significant milestone of 60 years of transformer manufacturing in Western Australia.

ABB Australia. Image: Supplied
ABB Australia. Image: Supplied

Recognising the contribution high standard, locally designed and manufactured transformers have made to satisfying the requirements of Western Australia, ABB hosted an event at its Malaga factory, which included a guided factory tour of the 9,100 square-metre facility, which specialises in producing distribution transformers up to 10MVA and 33KV.

“We were delighted to be celebrating this anniversary with so many of our long-standing customers, employees, suppliers and key stakeholders,” said Axel Kuhr, Managing Director for ABB in Australia. “Our Perth operation has proven itself a reliable technology partner for government, utilities and the resources sector and has helped ABB to become one of the leading brand names in the power and automation marketplace in Australia.”

The event highlighted the importance of local manufacturing and the key role ABB plays in supporting Australian manufacturing, not only directly through transformer manufacturing, but also through it’s diverse range of local suppliers. Copper and aluminium enamelled winding wire manufacturer CMP Controls congratulated ABB on the milestone.

“On behalf of CMP Controls, we extend our heartiest congratulations to ABB Australia Pty Ltd for completing 60 glorious years of successful manufacturing in Perth, Wester Australia, 30 of such years of which we have been business partners, first as Atco Magnetic Wire and now as CMP Controls. Companies like ABB with a brilliant team of dedicated workers and with a friendly work environment can only aim for the highest results. Working with your company has always been a real honour,” said Steve Christodolou, CMP Controls.

Guest speaker, state Energy Minister, Dr Mike Nahan unveiled a plaque to mark the milestone and noted he looks forward to the next 60 years of manufacturing for ABB Australia.

The Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Energy Minister for Western Australia with Axel Kuhr Managing Director for ABB in Australia unveiling a plaque to mark 60 years of transformer manufacturing in Western Australia. Image: Supplied.
The Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Energy Minister for Western Australia with Axel Kuhr Managing Director for ABB. Image: Supplied.

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

Also present at the plaque unveiling was Paul Italiano, Chief Executive Officer of Western Power. ABB’s 60-year supply history has seen the factory successfully  provide distribution transformers and services that have helped to develop one of the world’s largest and most isolated electricity networks, operated by Western Power.

The plant has also built a strong reputation over many years for being a supplier of preference for transformers designed and manufactured to suit the rigour of long distance transport and the harsh operating conditions found in regional Western Australia.

‘ABB transformers whose manufacture date goes back to early 1960-70s can still be found stabilizing the power at iconic and remote mining and oil & gas operations, including Rio Tinto, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Woodside and most recently Roy Hill.’