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ABB has opened a new 2 200 m² office in Windhoek, Namibia, to help the company improve the supply, maintenance and service of products in that market as well as neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Angola. The new facility is a consolidation of the two offices ABB previously had in Windhoek.

ABB opens Namibia office

ABB has been operating in Namibia since 1990, after acquiring a small local contracting business and converting it into a full service business focusing on the local mining, utilities and industrial sectors. In the past decade, ABB’s operations in the country have grown in parallel to the country’s GDP growth, resulting in more business from the public sector.

“Namibia is an important market for ABB, as it is the second largest contributor in the region to our revenue after South Africa. This investment is part of our commitment to the region to enable the offering of more services and products,” says Leon Viljoen, MD of ABB Southern Africa.

“With a reasonable operation in Zambia, but very small in Angola, we envision Namibia becoming the main centre for delivering services across the border. One advantage for our team in Namibia is that they can speedily service customers in Angola.”

ABB’s new Namibian facility will supply medium voltage products, low and high voltage switchgear, and is soon to introduce distribution transformers into the market. The company has spent the last year realigning and restructuring the local operation, and has invested in the skills of its staff to ensure they are prepared for the expected service demand. The new facility currently employs about 70 people.

“In order for the Namibian office to deliver the service envisioned, skills development will be a priority to ensure that our employees cover the full range of products and services. Depending on the skills required, our people have received, and will continue to receive, training from the colleagues and trainers from training facilities in South Africa, Europe or India,” Victoria Konjore, Head of Human Resources at ABB Namibia says.

ABB has operations in 23 African countries and employs approximately 5000 people across the continent. The company ABB has annual sales in Africa of around $1.5 billion, including manufacturing operations in Egypt and South Africa.

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