29 March 2020

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Company Profile - ABB India Ltd.


Gung ho on growth

Power and energy automation major ABB India Limited has announced its Q4 and full year earnings for the year 2013 and has recorded a steady revenue in spite of a challenging market scenario. Being well positioned with its strong order backlog of Rs. 7,709 crore as on December 31, 2013, and export surge the company has been operating with a healthy cash flow in a tight liquidity market.


The key highlights of the company during the period include a 50 MW solar power plant commissioned in record time, successful test of 1200 kV Ultra High Voltage transformer, all with an eye for maintaining market share and a keen focus on cost for increased efficiencies. The company inaugurated GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear) / PASS (Plug and Switch System) and Dry type and Distribution transformer factories in November as part of its strategy to improve competitiveness and remain aligned with the evolving trends in the market. 


“2013 witnessed a steady improvement in margins of the Company. While market uncertainties continue, our intensified efforts to remain cost competitive and strengthen project management have borne visible results. Our capacities are ready to address the next phase of growth as the market improves – the new PASS, GIS factory reinforces our technology focus and commitment to the India growth story. Overall, we remain aligned to charting a course of profitable growth backed by business led collaboration and relentless execution,” said Bazmi Husain, Managing Director, ABB India Limited.


ABB India Limited, reported results for the quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2013.

  • Revenues and orders hold steady in a tough macro environment
  • Base orders grow, exports surge balancing paucity of new projects
  • Relentless execution and cost focus improves margin, cash position



The company received orders worth Rs 1,666 crore for the quarter ending December 31,2013 compared to Rs.1,579 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The order book for the full year 2013 stood at Rs.6,717 crore. Base orders from a wider spectrum of customers helped offset dearth of large projects in the market. Exports grew annulling the effect of a contraction in the domestic market opportunities. The company continued to tap sectors like renewable energy, data center, railways, grid stability, mining, oil and gas that look increasingly promising.


Revenues and operations


The company achieved revenues of Rs 2,175 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 compared to Rs 2,053 crore  in the previous quarter last year. The revenue for the full year was Rs 7,632 crore in 2013.


Net Profit

The Company reported profit before tax of Rs 94 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 compared to Rs.26 crore in same period in 2012. The
profit before tax for the year stood at Rs.272 crore. The profit after tax for
the year ended 31st December, 2013
stood at Rs. 179 crore. In addition, the company also generated a healthy operating cash flow in the midst of a tight liquidity market. 



ABBsolutely efficient

An innovative technology by the power and automation tech major has led to dramatic energy efficiency benefits at PepsiCo India 


Global power and automation technologies major ABB has delivered a power quality solution to PepsiCo in India, reducing electricity bills at one of its bottling plants by 5 to 10 per cent annually and delivering a return on investment of less than two years. In this case the innovative technology behind the energy efficient solution is ABB’s dynamic and step-less reactive power compensation equipment, PQC-STATCON. 


PepsiCo as a recognised global player in beverages and snacks, and consequently a major consumer of electricity, has always demonstrated a commitment to energy efficiency across its operations. By its very nature, a beverage bottling plant deploys a large number of motors and compressors which are highly inductive in nature. This leads to reduction in the ’Power Factor’ of the electricity supplied from the grid.  Simply put, Power Factor (PF) is a measure of how efficiently electrical energy is utilised. The closer the PF is to 1, the lower the amount of power lost in transmission and distribution and in turn, the higher the efficiency. In fact, several electricity utilities including the utility in Andhra Pradesh where PepsiCo’s bottling plant is located impose a penalty for low power factor in the network resulting from a consumer’s ‘loads’.


ABB conducted a study for PepsiCo India to identify an optimal solution to enhance the power factor at its bottling plant, based on the nature and behavior of its ‘loads’. Following the study ABB’s PQC-STATCON was considered an optimum solution based on its capability to provide instantaneous dynamic reactive power compensation, load compensation and balancing ability and voltage stability improvement features.


The PQC-STATCON is based on Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technology which utilises Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) or power semiconductor switches. These fast acting switches enable precision control enabling the PQC-STATCON to provide instantaneous and step-less compensation for dynamic reactive power (inductive as well as capacitive) and unbalanced loads.  PQC-STATCON finds application in cases of inductive and capacitive loads, for highly fluctuating loads, for industrial loads fed by weak networks and is suitable for LV networks and MV networks with step-up transformer. Its key benefits are improvement in power quality, enhanced energy efficiency by reducing system losses, subtraction in carbon foot print, improvement in the reliability of existing capacitor banks under dynamic condition, reduction in maintenance need and enhancement of life of electrical installations, easy installation and commissioning, not to mention easy and convenient operation with touch screen interface.


As a result of these attributes the power factor at the PepsiCo utility improved close to unity from its previous level of 0.94, resulting in significant energy efficiency gains and yielding savings of 5 to 10 percent in annual electricity charge, benefitting from the local billing scheme of the utility. Based on the savings rate, the expected ROI (Return on Investment) on the solution is less than 2 years.


And to ensure that not a day of savings potential was sacrificed, ABB’s High Voltage Products team in India delivered the solution on the same day as the order was placed by Pepsi Co.!


PQC-STATCON installations include areas like automotive, welding plant; steel plants, rolling mills, furnace applications; railway traction substations; airports, shipyards, ships, off-shore drilling; sky lifts, compressor loads; hydro power plants, water treatment plants, windmills and process industries



Based in Zurich, Switzerland, ABB employs 150,000 people and operates in approximately 100 countries.  ABB’s success has been driven particularly by a strong focus on research and development.  The company maintains seven corporate research centers around the world and has continued to invest in R&D through all market conditions.The result has been a long track record of innovation. Many of the technologies that underlie modern society, from high-voltage DC power transmission to a revolutionary approach to ship propulsion, were developed or commercialised by ABB.  Today, the company stands as the largest supplier of industrial motors and drives, the largest provider of generators to the wind industry, and the largest supplier of power grids worldwide.



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