Alstom Grid marks CAD$6 million expansion of North American power transformer factory

28/09/2012

Alstom has strengthened its position in the North American electrical market by completing a CAD$6 million (USD$6.1 million) expansion of its power transformer manufacturing facility in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The company’s investment in increasing capacity at the 45,000 square foot facility means customers will see their orders delivered faster, with an emphasis on high quality and more efficient on site production. The site will continue to comply with the latest international standards and certifications.

In 2009, Alstom acquired the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu site from Megatran Electric LTD. to provide a local manufacturing capability for North American customers during an expansion of its global power transformer activities. The facility designs, manufactures, assembles and services a wide range of transformers that convert electrical currents for power transmission and distribution.  The plant extension includes a new high-voltage laboratory, as well as a vapour phase oven, a thermo vacuum oven, horizontal winding machines and other state-of-the-art production and testing equipment. The site’s new production layout, along with these capital investments, allows Alstom to produce transformers up to 166 MVA and 330 kV. This increased capacity also has created jobs for an additional 40 workers in areas such as engineering, quality, testing, and contract management, bringing the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu site’s total staff size to approximately 105.

“This investment ensures Alstom has the capacity to engage the growing market in Canada and the U.S., giving access to our global know-how while benefitting from local manufacturing.  Our factory in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a modern unit with a skilled workforce and state-of-the-art manufacturing capacities to fully satisfy our current and future customers,” commented Lars Martinsson, Vice President, Power Transformers, Alstom Grid.

Alstom inaugurated the facility in association with the 2012 TechCon Canada conference and exhibition, which brought Alstom customers together with industry leaders and members of the local business community for a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the modernized factory.  Guests also spoke with experts from Alstom’s power transformer business and other members of the company’s North American executive team.

 Alstom has been a world leader in electrical power transformers for over 100 years. The company’s transformer manufacturing footprint comprises dedicated facilities on four continents and has a production capacity of more than 150,000 MVA.

Alstom has supported Canada’s electricity and rail infrastructure needs for over 70 years and currently has 2,000 employees in 19 offices and manufacturing sites across the country. The company continues investing in its Canadian presence and the Montérégie region of the province of Quebec. In addition to the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant expansion, Alstom inaugurated its global technology centre for sustainable hydropower in Sorel-Tracy in November of 2011 and, in May 2012, broke ground on a rail transportation-manufacturing site also located in Sorel-Tracy.

About Alstom Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.  Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.

Alstom Grid has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to its customers’ projects.  Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than €4 billion. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.

Press Contacts

Michelle Stein (Alstom Communications, Canada) - Tel- +1-514-770-5083 michelle.stein@power.alstom.com

Fallon McLoughlin (Alstom Media Relations, U.S.)- Tel- +1-347-821-8455 fallon.mcloughlin@alstom.com

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