ABB lays out US$1 million for training centre in Singapore

Global tech firm ABB is investing US$1 million to open a Digital Solutions & Training Centre in Singapore, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region for ABB Electrification Service.  

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 centre will be strategically located in Singapore and aims to enhance energy resilience across APAC, through training talent to implement and operate digital solutions for electrical systems.  

Visitors to the centre will learn about scalable digital solutions that enable real-time energy usage monitoring for optimising energy use and meeting sustainability targets. 

The centre 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 digitalisation 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, ABB’s global president of electrification service. 

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

The centre 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. The intention is to increase to 300 participants annually. 

Andrew Stepien, SVP of electrification services at ABB in Asia, said that with their new training centre, they will equip participants with the necessary skills and resources.

Stepien said training and digitalisation are critical in helping to future-proof their customers in the utility, infrastructure, transportation and industry sectors. 

“Upgrading aging assets with digital solutions can rejuvenate them, boost efficiency, and extend their product lifecycles,” he said. 

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