ABB produces the 500,000th VD4 vacuum circuit breaker in China

Success of VD4 clearly shows the company’s efforts in combining market demands with smart technologies to serve utility and industry customers at home and abroad

Xiamen, September 18, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today celebrated the roll-out of the 500,000th VD4 vacuum circuit breaker produced in China at ABB Xiamen Switchgear Co., Ltd. This milestone comes from customers’ trust in ABB’s reliable power products and technologies, and well illustrates ABB’s development policy of “in China, for China and the world”.

As a star product of ABB, the VD4 vacuum circuit breakers is used for control and protection of cables, overhead lines, substations, motors, and transformers. The products have been chosen for use by many key projects, including the substations of the Great Hall of the People, the Beijing Olympic stadiums, and the Three Gorges, as well as projects by China General Nuclear Power Group and Baosteel. Meanwhile, the VD4 has been exported to many countries and regions around the world.

In order to meet the market demand for smart power products, ABB has been upgrading the VD4 product line and also launched iVD4, a smart circuit breaker, in China in 2013. A switchgear panel with iVD4, such as iUniGear, can be monitored online for information like temperature and operating status. With modern cloud services, early warning and remote diagnosis can also be achieved.

Bernd Muehe, Head of ABB’s Power Products Division, China and North Asia said: “The roll-out of the 500,000th VD4 product is a new milestone, as well as a new beginning for us. ABB is committed to providing state-of-the-art power products, systems and services for the Chinese market. We will support our utility and industry customers to generate, transmit, distribute and consume electricity more efficiently and intelligently, to achieve intelligent upgrading together.”

Established in September 1992, ABB Xiamen Switchgear Co., Ltd. is ABB's first joint venture in China. The company is one of the world’s largest medium voltage switchgear and circuit breaker manufacturers. The company started to produce VD4 vacuum circuit breaker to serve both domestic and overseas market in 1994. The 100,000th VD4 was produced in 2005, and the 400,000th in 2012.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.

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