ABB, a Switzerland-based global technology company, has announced that it is investing $1 million to open a Digital Solutions & Training Center in Singapore, the first of its kind in Asia Pacific for ABB Electrification Service.

ABB said in a statement on Tuesday that the center will be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2023, initially providing training for 100 to 150 ABB staff members, partners, and customers per year across the region with the intention to increase to 300 participants annually.

It said that amidst global challenges such as energy uncertainty, rising inflation, and aggressive sustainability targets, businesses are under pressure to evolve their business models to meet increasing electricity demands and cut carbon emissions.

ABB’s new training center will be strategically located in Singapore and aims to enhance energy resilience across Asia Pacific through training talent to implement and operate digital solutions for electrical systems.

According to the statement, visitors to the center will learn about scalable digital solutions that enable real-time energy usage monitoring for optimizing energy use and meeting sustainability targets.

The center will also showcase how remote connectivity between customers’ multiple sites facilitates a major shift to predictive maintenance in servicing and mitigate risks by assessing the reliability of assets before they fail.

“Through digitalization and new technologies, we want to empower our customers to rise to the opportunities of the energy transition, as well as thrive despite shifting regional economic dynamics,” said Stuart Thompson, Global President of Electrification Service, ABB.

“At the centre, customers will be able to experience first-hand how they can leverage digital solutions to help optimize operations with insights from a single switch up to multiple sites across the globe,” he said.

Andrew Stepien, Senior Vice President of Electrification Services, Asia Region, ABB, said that attracting talent and ensuring current domain and field service experts stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new technologies is one of the biggest challenges today.

“With our new training center, we will equip participants with the necessary skills and resources,

“We are honored to host this center in Singapore, and play our part alongside the government in boosting energy resilience and transitioning to greener energy,” he said.

He also said that training and digitalization are critical in helping to future-proof our customers in the utility, infrastructure, transportation and industry sectors.

He noted that upgrading aging assets with digital solutions can rejuvenate them, boost efficiency, and extend their product lifecycles.

“By equipping them with the necessary digital skills, our customers will be able to monitor, optimize, and actively manage their energy usage, and most importantly, increase their competitiveness while reducing carbon emissions,” he added.

ABB is a global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

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

With a history of more than 130 years, ABB has 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

ABB Electrification Service is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites.

Its 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions.

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