ABB wins $25 million traction transformer order in France

2010-04-15 - Compact new design to ensure maximum performance and energy efficiency of trains
Zurich, Switzerland, April 15, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $25 million from train manufacturer Alstom Transport to supply its latest generation of traction transformers for the new Régiolis regional trains run by the French National Railways (SNCF).

“The compact design and high reliability of these transformers is ideally suited for such applications, ensuring maximum performance and energy efficiency,” said Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s global Transformers business, a part of the company’s Power Products division. The transformers will be manufactured at the company’s Sécheron unit in Geneva, Switzerland.

The traction transformers are extremely compact and are equipped with an integrated cooling system to support the modular Régiolis train design. This single-level, low-floor regional train allows passengers easy access and all-point visibility for improved security. It can travel at speeds up to 160 kph and is available in both electric and hybrid versions, operating at two voltage levels (15 kV and 25 kV).The train incorporates eco-friendly materials and consumes around 15 percent less energy than some of its counterparts.

Increased focus on the environment, urbanization and the need to move more people and
freight faster is driving the expansion of rail networks in many parts of the world. ABB has a range of power and automation products and solutions for the rail industry and a vast global installed base. This is one of the key growth industries that the company is focusing on.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

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