Transformed ABB Power T&D comes back from the brink

ABB Power T&D has opened a new million pound, 30,000sqft office development in Dundee, which the company claims is the final piece in the jigsaw completing its transformation. Four years ago the company was unprofitable and on the verge of closure. Yet today business is booming and the factory employs 240 staff, even in the […]

ABB Power T&D has opened a new million pound, 30,000sqft office development in Dundee, which the company claims is the final piece in the jigsaw completing its transformation.

Four years ago the company was unprofitable and on the verge of closure. Yet today business is booming and the factory employs 240 staff, even in the face of severe competition from overseas manufacturers. This year the company has managed to achieve 125% of its annual sales target with more than six months still to go.

`Our four-year plan for the company has channelled investment into new manufacturing techniques aimed at improving quality, efficiency and profitability,’ Laurence MacKenzie, the general manager, said. `At the same time we have worked very hard to forge a team approach between management, the workforce and unions.’

The company recently won a £10m contract for six Supergrid transformers to be supplied to a UK transmission company for the East Coast Interconnector project.

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