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ABB marks start of construction on Aargau competence center

ABB has broken ground and celebrated the start of construction on its new global competence center for power electronics in Untersiggenthal in the canton of Aargau. Once completed, the company will have a smart building with room for 500 jobs at its disposal. The center is part of ABB’s major investment plans for its Aargau site.

ABB has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of its global competence center for power electronics in the canton of Aargau.
ABB has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of its global competence center for power electronics in the canton of Aargau. Image credit: ABB

The Zurich-based technology group ABB is building a new competence center in Untersiggenthal in the canton of Aargau. The new building is expected to be completed towards the end of 2023. The plans envisage the construction of a smart building with space for 500 jobs in the areas of research and development, sales and service in addition to project management.

According to a press release issued by ABB, power electronics represents a key technology for increased energy efficiency in the fields of mobility, industry and the generation of renewable energies. It allows electricity to be converted into a desired form depending on the application. This would be of interest for trains, electric buses and wind turbines, to name but a few examples.

“The major challenges of our time, such as climate change, require resource-saving technical solutions”, explains Morten Wierod, head of the ABB Drive Technology division and Group Executive Committee member, before adding: “Thanks to the innovative environment, highly qualified specialists, universities of international repute and cooperation with customers and partners, we can make a significant contribution from Untersiggenthal”.

The new building is part of a major investment program in the amount of 40 million Swiss francs being implemented by ABB at its Untersiggenthal site, where the company has been active since 1967. At present, technological solutions in the areas of drive technology, process automation and power generation are primarily developed and manufactured in Untersiggenthal for a global client base. ABB employs a total of 1,200 staff at the site.

Stephan Attiger, Landammann of the canton of Aargau, welcomes the investment. “The ABB site in Untersiggenthal emphatically shows how solutions can be developed for the global market from the high-tech canton of Aargau”, he comments in the press release.

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