ABB awarded $54 million traction transformer deal

ABB announced today that it has won a contract from Bombardier Transportation to deliver locomotive traction transformers valued at $54 million.

ABB announced today that it has won a contract from Bombardier Transportation to deliver traction transformers valued at $54 million.

The order includes several hundred traction transformers, specially designed for locomotives to ensure power supply to the motors, which will be manufactured in ABB’s factories in Halle, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland.

ABB will produce the first units on a fast-track basis by early 2004, and deliver the remainder in stages until 2009.

‘The order was received because of ABB’s strong performance with previous deliveries, and its technical experience with these special transformer products,’ said Peter Smits, head of ABB Power Technologies division.

This award extends a contract first obtained in 1995 with Bombardier Transportation. ABB has so far delivered more than 1,000 transformers of this type, valued at about $140 million.

Most of the transformers from this award will be mounted on Bombardier Transportation’s TRAXX locomotive body, used by many national and private railway companies. The remainder will be delivered mainly to Railion, the former Deutsche Bahn Cargo.