ABB Investing $90 Million in Next-Gen EV Solutions at Montreal Center

Swiss engineering firm ABB will be investing $90 million in a new research and development center in Montreal targeted at vehicle electrification and new technologies.

Development projects will include “next-generation solutions for electric vehicles.” One part of the center will be ABB’s North American Centre for Excellence in e-Mobility, which will be dedicated to energy-management solutions for electric buses and trains.

Set to open this year, the Montreal headquarters will maintain 700 jobs. ABB said it would also consolidate its R&D, manufacturing, assembly, and testing facilities at one location in Canada.

ABB has been supplying its electric vehicle charger offerings for several years in North America and Europe. The engineering firm considers itself to be a leader in industrial robots to global auto manufacturers in automotive components, paint process automation, powertrain assembly, and other technical services. The company’s website says it has installed more than 250,000 robots worldwide.

The company reports that it employs more than 4,500 Canadians in 50 locations across the country. Its corporate headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland.

Canada seeks to promote its role as a platform in emerging technologies – including robotics and mobile, internet-connected devices – through the ABB partnership. The government’s Innovation Agenda aims to make the country a global center for innovation driving economic growth and better skills, jobs, and opportunities for Canadians.

“When global companies look to invest, many seek the most innovative countries – the ones with the most creative and entrepreneurial people who can turn ideas into solutions,” said Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development. “ABB’s decision to select Canada for its flagship North American operations is a clear vote of confidence in the talent and expertise of highly skilled Canadians. As a result of this investment, Canadians will develop next-generation industrial systems and the skills needed for the jobs of the future.”

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Bains, met in Davos, Switzerland with Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB’s president and CEO. They discussed additional ABB investment opportunities in R&D related to the “Internet of Things,” robotics, and the automation of food processing.

“With its excellent universities and associated ecosystem, Canada provides all the right ingredients for research and development needed to develop global technology platforms. There are huge opportunities in making transportation systems smarter and greener,” Spiesshofer said.


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