GUJARAT (Metro Rail News): ABB India has started the process of setting up a dedicated unit for manufacturing 1,500 traction motors which will provide crucial propulsion to metros and other locomotives, in Vadodara. The company has taken this decision eyeing the growing metro rail market in India.
“We already have three units within our campus in Vadodara. We will be adding two more units, one of which will be for manufacturing traction motors that are used in metros and other locomotives. The plant is under construction and we are installing the machinery,” said Sanjeev Sharma, country head and MD, ABB during his visit to Vadodara on Friday.
ABB India’s largest manufacturing unit in Vadodara presently manufactures digital substation products, turbochargers, motors and generators.
“We will be setting up a fifth unit which will be a service unit. Over a period of time, we have developed a strong base in Gujarat. We have a lot of equipment installed in Hazira, Surat, and Jamnagar.
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Currently, these equipments have to be sent to Bengaluru for servicing. Now we are setting up a large facility here which will help us service equipment of our customers locally,” said Sharma.
The company officials did not disclose the investments proposed for the campus in Vadodara which was set up way back in 1962.
“The work on the new facility, which will have a capacity to produce 1,500 traction motors annually, is currently in progress,” said Indraneel D, location manager, ABB at Maneja. According to the official, ABB India has already manufactured traction motors for some of the metro projects in India, in the past.
“We make the traction motors here. The traction converters come from Bengaluru. In 2012, we had supplied 2,000 traction motors to Delhi Metro. After that, there was a gap and now again we have started supplying these motors from Maneja that are part of locomotives being supplied by Bombardier,” the official added.
As per the data presented in Lok Sabha, 754 km of the metro rail network is operational in country and various metro projects are at different stages of construction or have been proposed in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Kanpur, Agra, Patna, Surat, etc.