ABB makes large investment in a new production line in Porvoo, Finland

2016-12-15 - ABB in Finland has invested close to a million euros in its new production line in Porvoo. The investment triples the annual production capacity for light switches and continues the effort to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the Porvoo plant.
The new line removes a bottleneck from the switch assembly process and triples the annual capacity for light switch production.

"This investment will improve our position in the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian markets. This is a great day for ABB and for all industrial production in Finland," said Marko Utriainen, director of the Wiring Accessories business unit at ABB, on the opening day of the new line.

ABB is the only company in Finland that manufactures wiring accessories, and the Porvoo facility is one of ABB's most automated factories. Over the past ten years, ABB has invested over 15 million euros ($15.8 million) to automate the Porvoo plant's production. These investments have improved productivity by 42 percent in five years.

"The plant has 43 robots operating in production, including Finland's first two-handed YuMi® robot, which assembles socket outlets," said Utriainen.

The facility produces some 25 million switches, socket outlets, conduit extensions and installation boxes every year. Among other products, the new line will include the Jussi light switch, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in production next year. Approximately half of all Finnish homes have light switches installed.

The Porvoo Wiring Accessories BU of ABB in Finland develops and manufactures wiring accessories and installation materials for residential and commercial buildings. The Finnish business unit has a staff of 100, of whom 60 work in production. This ABB unit in Finland is responsible for the Nordic markets.

The new line opened in Porvoo on November 29.

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.