By Business Reporter
TECHNOLOGY multinational, ABB, has unveiled a new 2 200 m² facility in the heart of Windhoek, after the consolidation of two of its Namibian-based offices.
The merge has boosted the group’s capacity to better supply and maintain products in the local market and in neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Angola, while also enabling the delivery of new services and products.
“Namibia is an important market for ABB, as it is the second-largest contributor in the region to our revenue, after South Africa,” said ABB Southern Africa Managing Director, Leon Viljoen, who envisages the enlarged hub becoming ABB’s “main centre” for delivering services across the border in Angola.
ABB has what Viljoen described as a “reasonable operation” in Zambia. However, the Angola operation was quite small.
The new Windhoek facility will also ensure that the company is prepared for its anticipated continued public capital spending over the next few years.
“ABB has spent the last 12 months realigning and restructuring its Namibian operation, including ensuring that local employees are adequately developed through upskilling, in order for them to positively respond to the growing service demand,” he said.
The new facility employs about 70 people.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalisation for more than four decades, and has been at the forefront of innovative digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems.
The company drives efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industries, transport and infrastructure, globally. ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132 000 people.
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