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July 15, 2019

ABB secures traction equipment orders worth over $140m

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has won traction equipment orders worth more than $140m from Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler.

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has won traction equipment orders worth more than $140m from Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler.

ABB will supply equipment that uses the latest technology for trains and locomotives deployed in the US and across Europe.

Booked in the second quarter of this year, the orders comprise ABB’s traction transformers and converters to be fitted on 27 regional trains for Norwegian state-owned passenger transport operator Norske Tog (NT).

Fourteen of these trains are set to be equipped with ABB on-board energy storage systems

The US order involves traction converters for 19 double-deck trains for Caltrain.

Roof-mounted traction converters and dry-type traction transformers will be implemented on 64 Fast Light Innovative Regional Train (FLIRT) trains for the S-Bahn networks in Hanover, Germany.

The Spanish arm of Stadler has placed an order for traction converters and transformers for 15 locomotives to be operated in various countries, including France, Germany and Spain.

ABB president Morten Wierod said: “In partnership with Stadler, we have successfully integrated new technologies in modern trains for more than 17 years.

“ABB’s highly compact and light traction technology makes trains more energy efficient, improves operational performance, and increases space to enhance passenger comfort.”

In February, ABB secured a contract worth more than $42m to deliver traction equipment to Indian Railways to improve operational efficiency.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will supply converters for electric locomotives to Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi.

In September, ABB secured a $100m contract to supply train traction equipment to Stadler.

Designed to power electric trains, ABB’s traction technologies convert the electrical energy procured from the overhead power lines into permissible voltage and frequency to operate the traction motors.

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