Hitachi Energy expanding production in Sweden
Switzerland, Zürich: Hitachi Energy has announced that it is expanding its production in Smedjebacken and Ludvika, in the Dalarna region of Sweden.
The company said this is part of its plan to employ more than 2,000 people, including engineers and a wide range of other fields, in the next two years. The expansion entails a new 3,300 m2 factory in Smedjebacken, and a 1,400 m2 expansion in Ludvika that will increase production of advanced power electronic valves for use in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission and power quality applications.
The new factory will begin construction in the coming months and is expected to enter into operation by late 2024. It will be built alongside an existing Hitachi Energy facility opened in August 2022. The Ludvika expansion is also planned to start before the end of the year, for completion in early 2025.
These facilities will help meet the increasing demand for HVDC systems, which enable large-scale transmission of electricity, and for power quality solutions that improve voltage stability and grid reliability and are suitable for stable integration of renewable power, interconnection of different electricity systems and supporting weak power grids to make the energy system more sustainable, flexible and secure.
“Demand for our world-leading technology is at an unprecedented level, and we are very happy that we can continue to invest and expand our production in Sweden,” says Andreas Berthou, global head of the HVDC business at Hitachi Energy.
“We are in an incredibly exciting and expansive growth phase worldwide with a strong impact in Sweden, both in terms of investment and recruitment,” says Tobias Hansson, Managing Director, Hitachi Energy in Sweden.
Hitachi Energy has over 5,500 employees in Sweden in roughly 10 locations, the largest being Ludvika with 3,500 employees and Västerås with 1,200 employees.
Source: Hitachi Energy