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Anchor tenant global power and automation technology company ABB has built a world-class research and development facility and assembly unit to meet future requirements of their expanding business.

The new 6,500 square metre facility will create a centre of excellence for ABB’s global operation.

General Manager of ABB’s Napier based business John Penny is particularly pleased with the new site location.

“As an export company, the proximity of the Airport is important because both freight and passenger services are key to our operations.

“The site and new building will be convenient for our international customers and also help reinforce our brand.”

ABB’s Napier business has global responsibility for a range of highly innovative power protection and power conversion products which they design, manufacture and sell globally.

Products range from leading edge voltage conditioners that are used to protect some of the world largest semiconductor (silicon chip) manufacturing plants, through to frequency converters allowing ships to connect to shore power while at port, saving fuel and reducing pollution.

The purpose-built centre of excellence will service some of the most high-tech industries in the world.

ABB employs 125 people at its power electronics business in Hawke’s Bay, with 700 people working for the company nationwide.

International clients include Samsung, Hynix and Texas Instruments. These companies rely on ABB to help their factories manufacture LCD flat panels and memory chips, according to John.

Growth is currently being driven by companies making smart phones, tablets and new generation lap tops that all require Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) and memory chips. ABB is powering up some huge installations, including one of the biggest silicon memory chip producers in the world based in Wuxi, China.

“Being based in Hawke’s Bay is a draw card for many reasons.”

“Employees tell us it’s a great place to live and ABB has attracted international people from places including Germany and Switzerland.”

The Port of Napier is used extensively for shipping products and the move to the Airport will be ideal for the significant amount of international travel required.

“We needed a new site and the Airport provided a clean and tidy environment that met our branding requirements.”

Designed by Napier company Paris Magdalinos Architects and built by Arrow International, the new, purpose-built facility will suit the high tech nature of the business with research and development, global sales and manufacturing, under one roof.