ABB opened a $ 6 million medium voltage switchgear factory in Vietnam on June 1.
The location of these factories is in the northern province of Bac Ninh, 25km from Ha Noi.
Vietnam’s electrical market in the future:
Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest-growing energy markets. The government expects power consumption to grow by 10-12 percent annually until 2030. At the same time, industrial production in the nation continues to grow every year, rising by 9.4 percent in April.
With a current valuation of more than 850 million USD and a predicted annual growth rate of nearly 15 percent, Vietnam is amongst the top 10 emerging data center markets globally. In 2021, data center capacity in Southeast Asia grew faster than in Europe.
This, coupled with a 7 percent growth in urbanization, means that smart and efficient power distribution solutions – such as the medium voltage switchgear panels and modular systems manufactured by ABB – will be crucial to ensure that the next phase of the country’s economic growth also achieves its sustainability goals.
Specifications and products of ABB medium voltage switchgear factory in Vietnam:
Covering 15,700sq.m, ABB‘s new factory is double the footprint of the 10-year-old facility it is replacing and has significantly enhanced its environmental credentials.
The building blocks are in place for future LEED certification, including roofing material with optimal thermal conductivity and rainwater collection, the highest standards of air quality management, and the scope to install solar panels.
In addition, the ABB Ability Building Management System connects assets across the facility to allow remote monitoring and ensure energy-efficient operations.
The manufacturing hub will produce 2,000 panels of ABB’s UniGear Medium Voltage Switchgear and 700 units of plug-and-play modular systems for power distribution per year on production lines designed and set up on the successful lean manufacturing methods used in its European facilities.
Despite restricted travel, customers worldwide will now be able to keep track of the manufacture and assembly of their systems via state-of-the-art remote monitoring technology.
This involves testing engineers wearing a pair of augmented reality Microsoft HoloLens glasses and relaying what they see to the customer, allowing them to be virtually present in the factory and see their products being manufactured and tested without being on-site.
ABB systems facilitate the reliable supply of power needed to keep these running and distribute them evenly. The facility will also serve several export markets, including Japan and Australia.
ABB medium voltage switchgear factory in Vietnam (photo from Vietnam investment review website)
Comments and conversations of ABB company managers about this medium voltage switchgear factory:
Matteo Caiti, division hub manager in Asia for ABB’s distribution solutions, said that “Our new high-tech and low-impact facility will bolster Vietnam’s economic growth and lay the foundations for a successful future for ABB in the region. It is purpose-built to provide our employees with the best working conditions and ensure that we reduce our impact on the environment.”
“More importantly, it will produce solutions designed to help our customers to reduce their emissions and energy wastage. As Asia-Pacific’s industrial growth continues to accelerate, this hub will position Vietnam as a center for sustainable power distribution in the region,” he added.
Alessandro Palin, division president of Electrification Distribution Solutions at ABB stated, “As we push the boundaries of technology, we support our customers to preserve resources and enable a low-carbon society. We act with integrity and transparency at the core of our governance, and we promote social progress for our people and communities around the world.”
“Our world-class technology and domain-led digital capabilities are deeply embedded in our DNA. Maintaining and improving our innovation, technology, and digital leadership is a strategic priority.”
“Pushing the boundaries of technology and digitalization enables us to help our customers attain new levels of performance and clearly differentiates ABB’s offerings. Through this, we can power improvements in energy efficiency, resource conservation, and circularity,” he concluded.