ABB supports urban rail construction in Shenzhen

ABB’s tailored traction conversion system helps ensure the efficient and reliable operation of Shenzhen Metro Line 4

Beijing, March 8, 2011 –The phase II of the Shenzhen Metro Longhua Line (Line 4), recently entering the commissioning stage, is expected to begin trial operation this June. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has supported the project with its localized electrical traction system.

Robert Larsson, head of the ABB Discrete Automation and Motion Division, North Asia Region and ABB China, said, “ABB is a leading supplier in the global urban rail transit market, offering all-round technologies and solutions for rail line infrastructure and power equipment. In addition to promoting the fast growth of the domestic rail transit industry, ABB is committed to the localization of the group’s rail business in China. At the end of 2010, ABB set up a new traction equipment manufacturing base in Guangzhou to provide localized traction equipment solutions to the China market. Our participation in the Shenzhen Metro project is ABB’s latest effort to support China’s metro and light rail development and further demonstrates our ability to positively contribute to local customers with our solutions.”

ABB’s electrical traction system includes traction converters, auxiliary converters, traction motors and other core equipment for Shenzhen metro trains. The ABB system ensures the efficient and reliable operation of the metro train at a maximum speed of 80 km/h. ABB equipment used in the project was delivered by Guangzhou ABB Microunion Traction Equipment Company, a newly established manufacturing base for rail traction equipment in China.

During project execution, ABB successfully delivered a customized system solution and finished the local production process. The equipment passed all static and dynamic tests in the factory, and met the highest anti-fire protection requirements in the world demanded by the project operator, MTR Corporation Shenzhen Company. ABB also won wide recognition from the customer for its professional service.

The rail traction conversion system is a key device for ensuring the safe and reliable operation of railway, metro and light rail vehicles. ABB is widely acknowledged for its rich industrial experience and outstanding project management expertise with its prompt customer service in the industry.

ABB has actively participated in China’s metro and urban light rail construction for many years, and has supported a number of rail transit projects in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Changchun. In 2010, ABB set up Guangzhou ABB Microunion Traction Equipment Company as a joint venture, to provide advanced locally produced traction equipment solutions for industry customers as well as all-round professional service and support covering R&D, manufacturing, and engineering.

The Shenzhen Metro Longhua Line, connecting cities in the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, is a south-to-north backbone of the city’s rail transit network. Under the management of MTR Corporation Shenzhen Company, the line will be completed in two phases with a total length of 20.5 km.

ABB ( 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 124,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 16,000 employees, 30 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 60 cities.

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