€30m for German transformer plant

€30m for German transformer plant

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By Nick Flaherty

Hitachi Energy is expanding its power transformer manufacturing plant in Bad Honnef, creating up to 100 jobs.

The €30m ($32m) expansion of the Hitachi Energy plant to 15,000 square meters is set for completion in 2026 to address the accelerating demand for transformers in Europe.

The facility in Bad Honnef is one of the company’s key manufacturing locations in Europe and has been operational since 1906, producing large power transformers for the electricity grid.

“Electricity will be the backbone of our entire energy system. In the global power system of 2050, we need around four times the power generation capacity and transfer of up to three times as much electrical energy compared to 2020”, said Bruno Melles, Business Unit Transformers Managing Director at Hitachi Energy. “The Bad Honnef facility is one example of our commitment to expand our global footprint and capacity at speed to meet accelerating demand driven by the energy transition.”

The expansion will be combined with process enhancements to improve operational performance and boost overall manufacturing capacity. Over the years, the factory in Bad Honnef has delivered transformers to many of the leading transmission system operators, utilities and industries in Europe, such as those included in the strategic partnership with TenneT.

Last year, the company expanded production in Sweden with an additional 2,000 new jobs over the next two years, in addition to the acquisition of power electronics companies eks Energy and COET.


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