Alstom MaxSine facility to focus on HVDC technology

Alstom has opened a new engineering and manufacturing facility at its Stafford-based Grid global centre of excellence for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology.

The MaxSine building, part of a £40m building investment, was opened on Wednesday at a celebration event entitled Accolade 50 to mark Alstom’s 50 years of design and manufacture of HVDC technology in Stafford.

This 30,000ft2 facility will shortly house the manufacture of valve modules for Alstom’s new generation of HVDC technology — VSC (voltage source converter).

Alstom says it is investing in highly skilled engineers, support staff and innovative technology to deliver HVDC projects to a worldwide market, valued in excess of €60bn (£48bn) between now and 2020.

The company is recruiting more than 100 additional people at its Stafford site.