MONTREAL — Global technology and automation firm ABB has officially inaugurated its new $90-million Canadian headquarters and Customer Innovation Center in Technoparc Montreal.
Completion of the 300,000-square-foot facility enables ABB to centralize its operations, bringing its 700 Montreal-area employees under one roof. Construction began in October 2015.
Campus Montreal houses research and development, manufacturing, assembly and testing, notes an ABB media statement.
ABB’s service and product line includes electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure.
Campus Montreal is also home to the new ABB North American Centre of Excellence in E-Mobility. The program will support the development of energy-efficient transport networks, including electric buses and trains, and will bring together transit operators, power utilities and engineering experts to address challenges related to building smart cities and sustainable mobility solutions for Canada, notes the statement.
The campus is expected to be certified LEED Silver for its sustainable approach to design, construction and operation.
In another development, ABB was named the Key Technical Supplier for Nemaska Lithium’s new Quebec mine and processing plant. ABB will provide overall project management, design and engineering for the complete electrification and automation of the production sites.
In addition, ABB has announced it will provide an integrated substation for a new data centre operated by Hypertec in Quebec.
"The new headquarters reaffirms ABB’s commitment to Canada as a growth market and an important customer base," said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. "It strengthens our capacity to provide our leading offering to our customers and support them with the digital transformation of their operations. We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, and this site has been designed to enable our workforce to unlock value for Canadian enterprises."
ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs 132,000 people.