ABB has been manufacturing and supplying traction transformers for the Indian Railways and metro rail from the factory at Vadodara since 1999.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.
ABB has bagged an order from Alstom to supply 1600 traction transformers for 800 new electric freight locomotives in India. The transformers will be manufactured and supplied from ABB’s Vadodara facility in the state of Gujarat, supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to encourage manufacturing in the country.
Indian Railways operates the largest rail network in Asia, and is the world’s second-largest rail network operated under single management. The company moves more than 12,500 trains and 23 million passengers daily, equivalent to the population of Australia.
ABB will supply 25 kilovolt (kV)/50 hertz (Hz) under frame traction transformers for the 800 locomotives (2 units per locomotive).The compact transformers are designed for the most demanding conditions, including extreme temperatures and voltage fluctuations. They will support heavy freight loads over long distance haulage under rigorous conditions, including steep inclines.
Traction transformers feed power at safe voltages to essential train functions like traction, brakes, lighting, heating and ventilation, as well as passenger information, signalling and communication. Used by rail operators around the globe, ABB traction transformers are manufactured at its plants in Switzerland, India and China, and provide the highest levels of availability and reliability for uninterrupted train service.
“The scale of this order is recognition of our ability to deliver technologically-advanced reliable products, locally and to cater to evolving customer needs,”
CEO and Managing Director,