ABB celebrates 30 years of substainability commitment

September 07, 2023 | 08:18
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Vietnam, one of the fastest growing digital economies in Southeast Asia, is actively addressing challenges such as rapid urbanization, the digitalisation process, energy transformation, and climate change to realise the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

ABB Vietnam is committed to helping the country in this by promoting new trends such as renewable energy, electric vehicles (EVs), and digital data, and working closely with its partners and customers to enable them to optimise their competitiveness while reducing their impact on the environment.

ABB celebrates 30 years of substainability commitment
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ABB has participated in a series of key foundational projects in the recent development of the country, for instance, the country’s first oil refinery at Dung Quat; the Nui Phao mining project – one of the largest producers of tungsten, fluoride, and bismuth in the world; Cao Son Mine – one of the largest conveyor projects in Asia; fmany other key factories in the steel, paper and pulp, chemical, food and beverage industries; and a number of top hospitals in Vietnam.

ABB's expertise and technology can create minor miracles, as it did by making Tan Thang Cement become one of the most modern cement production plants in the region. The company was also responsible for Gia Hoet 1 and Tam Bo - the region’s biggest floating solar complex and CMC Creative Space, one of Vietnam’s largest data centres.

The Swedish-Swiss multinational has put Vietnam on the world's automation map as it supplies thousands of robots to help VinFast produce world-class electric motorcycles and cars at its facility in Haiphong.

ABB Vietnam has also contributed to many of the country's iconic buildings, such as Viettel’s headquarters, a symbol of innovation in the digital era, helping the largest telecommunications group in Vietnam achieve the objective of a green and sustainable asset.

The company has two robotic centres in Vietnam to enable faster response nationwide and support its customers to meet manufacturing goals. ABB's newly expanded manufacturing plant in Bac Ninh province last year provides smart electrical distribution solutions with modular systems such as EcoFlex Ehouse, compact secondary substations, skids units, and digital switchgear panels for the local market and Asia-Pacific region.

Today, ABB now boasts five facilities nationwide for local and regional markets - its headquarters and Robotics & Automation Solutions Centre in Ho Chi Minh City; a representative office in Hanoi; and both an Electrification Distribution Solutions Factory and Robotics Technical and Service Center in Bac Ninh.

By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolios, ABB is pushing the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels.

The primary factors driving demand are the rising usage of electricity in sectors such as data centres and electric cars; fast economic expansion and urbanisation in emerging economies; the need to use natural resources more efficiently; and clean energy. Digitalisation, innovation, modern manufacturing, and urban infrastructure are all examples of this. ABB's technology aligns perfectly with Vietnam's development roadmap.

“Working with local partners to establish a full-value chain and drive win-win growth in the Vietnam market over three decades, ABB will continue our ongoing commitment to becoming the partner of choice for Vietnam's sustainable growth in the next decades,” said Doan Van Hien, president of ABB Vietnam's Electrification.

ABB celebrates 30 years of substainability commitment
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Human resources and engineering education are essential economic assets that may help Vietnam develop sustainably. Thus, ABB is pioneering cooperation with top universities in Vietnam to improve the quality of human resources to develop the next generation of engineering professionals, and address the challenges of the future.

The cooperation agreements, such as with Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Industry, RMIT University, Ton Duc Thang University, and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh, also give universities the opportunity to teach, practice, and exchange technology knowledge with ABB, while talented engineering students from difficult family backgrounds can benefit from ABB’s scholarship programmes.

ABB has partnered with universities to develop training programmes on the latest IEC standards while providing support for modern equipment and technologies such as the first smart grid lab in Vietnam, smart homes, and RobotStudio.

“With the impact of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, education and training must be closely aligned with practical requirements and societal needs. Partnering with business like ABB to develop modern training model contributes to the effectiveness of training, enabling students to access the world’s new technologies, building skills as well as a technical and engineering mindset and helping them develop a solid background for the future,” said Phan Hong Hai, rector at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh.

Laying the foundation early in Vietnam in 1993, ABB has been part of Vietnam’s industrial growth stories by accelerating growth and economic sustainability. Over the past three decades, ABB has had a strong presence in Vietnam in the business areas of electrification, industrial automation, motion, robotics, and discrete automation.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimise how things are manufactured, moved, powered, and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s 105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.

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