ABB invests $13M to expand Quebec plant, create R&D facility
September 30, 2022 By ABB
ABB is investing US $13 million in its Installation Products Division Iberville manufacturing facility in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., to increase production capacity and establish a research and development facility at its global centre of excellence for cable tray manufacturing. This will support rising global demand, especially in the data centre segment, and is ABB’s second multimillion-dollar investment in a Canadian site in the last 12 months.
The Iberville facility employs 300 people, including production, engineering and quality specialists who design and manufacture cable trays for the North American market and international customers. The integration of new automated equipment, ABB robotics technology and an advanced design lab, along with the more than 32,500 square feet of building improvements, is expected to boost total production capacity of the 102,000 square-foot site by more than 30 per cent. Among the products manufactured in Iberville are Microlectric meter sockets as well as Superstrut metal framing and Joslyn Hi-Voltage switches assembled for electric utility customers.
“ABB’s latest investment is part of a five-year strategy to advance our digital capabilities and foster continued innovation,” said Matthias Heilmann, president of ABB Electrification’s installation products division. “Expanding production, integrating new technology, and bringing together our product design and engineering teams further strengthens our ability to deliver smart, safe and sustainable solutions to Canadian and global customers.”
“This investment marks the next stage of our commitment to growth in Canada,” says Alain Quintal, vice-president and general manager of ABB Electrification’s installation products division in Canada. “Building on our heritage and team’s expertise enables us to continue to deliver for our customers and to offer flexible career opportunities to be an employer of choice in the community where we’ve operated for over a century.”
ABB previously announced a $12 million investment in its Installation Products Division manufacturing facility in Pointe-Claire, Que. These investments are part of a five-year strategy to integrate new digital processes and automation to enhance and expand efficiency and sustainability across its operations.
Part of ABB’s Electrification business area, the Installation Products Division, formerly Thomas & Betts, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of products used to manage the connection, protection and distribution of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With more than 200,000 products under more than 38 premium brand names, ABB Installation Products solutions can be found wherever electricity is used.
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