ABB’s facility in Lilydale, East of Melbourne, celebrates its 50th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of electrical equipment for transmission and distribution, mining, transport and industrial sectors. Today, the facility has grown to be one of ABB’s key Power Quality Centres that provides technical expertise, technology development and manufacturing support across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
The significant milestone of celebrating 50 years of innovation of the ABB Lilydale facility was commemorated with an open-house event at its premise in Victoria, attended by the Hon. Tony Smith, Speaker for the House of Representatives and Member for Casey Key, as well as customers, employees, suppliers and industry partners.
The Lilydale facility is a global technology lead center for ABB’s Metal Enclosed Capacitor Bank a product that improves power quality of the network, enabling compliance to utility regulations, enhancing system efficiency and reducing maintenance cost. It also offers capacitor switching solutions and controllers for remote monitoring and operation of capacitor units. These products and solutions enable a wide range of customers from distribution utilities and industries like oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, food and beverage, pulp and paper as well as transport and infrastructure segments to strengthen their power network and making it energy efficient leading to lower emissions.
The unit has also been instrumental in the development of an innovative ABB Ability™ enabled plug-and-play battery energy storage solution for application in the transport, utility, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. This innovative solution allows integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage solutions seamlessly into the network.
ABB Australia Pty Ltd employs approximately 1400 people across Australia, with approximately 60 in the Lilydale factory and a further 280 people across the state of Victoria.