Abu Dhabi firm starts producing transformer units

ABU DHABI — A local transformer assembling unit went into commercial production yesterday to make the region self reliant in the manufacturing of an important electrical equipment.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 2 Nov 2007, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:09 PM

Brush Transformer, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Al Nasser Industrial Entreprises (ANIE) and Brush Transformers Gulf LLC, of UK, a leading manufacturer of power transformers, yesterday announced the starting of the first dedicated power transformer plant in the Middle East.

The plant located at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) in Mussafah, was officially opened by Abdulla Nasser Hawaileel Al Mansoori, Chairman of ANIE and Paul Heiden, CEO of FKI plc, the parent company of Brush Transformers Ltd. in the presence of British Ambassador to the UAE, Edward Oakden. Senior officials from the government and private institutions and the media were present at the opening.

The local availability of power transformers is expected to reduce the current reliance of the region on the import of units from Europe and Japan.

The range of units the factory will build is between 33KV to 132KV voltage class, up to 90 MVA (megavolt ampere). This range is widely used in the transmission of power from a generating plant to the end-user.

Chairman ANIE Abdulla Nasser Al Mansoori said that this landmark project is a pioneering initiative for the UAE industrial sector. Local transformer production will support the industrial growth of the whole region, where economic growth and industrialisation have spurred the demand for power transformers.

"The new facility is also an example of economic growth leading to industrial diversification, which feeds back into the local economy," he added.

Speaking on behalf of Brush Transformers Ltd., Heiden noted: "This partnership between Brush and ANIE is an opportunity for Brush to continue serving our long-standing and valued customers in the region, with an improved level of local support."

Tim Walker, General Manager of Brush Transformers Gulf, said: "The production of units here will reduce delivery times, shipping costs and the possibility of damage during transportation. Dedicated treatment and a high level of support will be given to our local customers by our specialist team of support service engineers."

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