ABB Australia

Locally developed technologies are changing the world

From its Australian headquarters in Liverpool, ABB is exporting its leading technology to recycle greenhouse gas emissions to the world. In 2012, ABB Australia patented its world first technology to recycle SF6 gas to technical grade purity – technology which has the potential to effectively close the loop on this greenhouse gas.

ABB Australia’s award-winning SF6 Recycling Centre is one of the many innovations that have cemented
the company’s reputation as one of the world’s leading power and automation engineering companies.

Founded in 1883, the Swissheadquartered company ships more than a million of its products to customers around the globe every day. With a presence in more than 100 countries and a global workforce of more than 150,000 people, ABB has invented or pioneered many of the power and automation technologies that have shaped the world we live in.

In Australia, ABB’s countrywide presence includes operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin and Melbourne. Of its 2,000 employees, more than 400 are based at ABB Australia’s headquarters in
Moorebank.

ABB Australia inherited the 60,000sqm site in between 1989-1991 after ABB acquired Westinghouse Electric USA’s international transformer operations. According to Business Unit Manager for ABB Australia’s Low Voltage Systems, Kelvin Wong, the decision for ABB to stay in the local are was made easy due to a number of factors.

“As a reasonably large site, the Moorebank facility has allowed us to significantly grow our operations in recent years. It’s also not far from Sydney’s CBD and airport, is close to road transport networks, and we have strong working relationships with local suppliers,” said Mr. Wong.

In 2013 ABB Australia made the decision to relocate its Head Office and executive management team from Sydney’s CBD to the Moorebank facility in order to be closer to the people at the forefront of its manufacturing operations.

“One of the benefits of doing business in the Liverpool region is having access to a large pool of people from diverse backgrounds who live in the area, are at the forefront of their profession and have a passion for technology,” said Mr. Wong.

The Liverpool region also offers untapped potential for businesses like ABB to take advantage of global megatrends such as urbanisation, population growth and sustainability.

“These trends, along with the proliferation of the internet, have spurred a drive for energy efficiency, productivity and the integration of renewable resources like solar energy and grid liability. ABB is wellpositioned to capitalise on these opportunities through innovations such as our SF6 Recycling Centre,” Mr. Wong said.