Erlangen, Germany, July 1, 2011 — Siemens Energy opened a manufacturing plant for high-voltage circuit-breakers and disconnector switches for the 110 kV and 220 kV voltage levels in Voronezh, which is located south of Moscow. Siemens has invested a total of five million euros in the new production facility.
The important growth markets for high voltage products, namely Russia and neighboring countries such as Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kazakhstan are to be served from Voronezh.
First orders have already been posted to manufacture and deliver circuit-breakers and disconnector switches for the Russian transmission network, for Moscow's regional power supply network, and for industry.
The demand for high-voltage products will continue to rise in the course of expansion and modernization of Russia's power supply network. To strengthen its participation in this growth market Siemens has started manufacturing 110- and 220-kV dead-tank and live-tank circuit breakers and disconnector switches in Voronezh at a plant with a floor space of about 6,000 square meters.
The plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 500 circuit-breakers. In addition to the production of high-voltage circuit-breakers, the scope of services offered by the production location will also include marketing and after-sales service.
At its production location in Voronezh, which is now part of the company's global manufacturing network, Siemens will in the future also produce power transformers and gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear. The associated facilities are either planned or already under construction. As part of its manufacturing activities in Voronezh Siemens will forge ahead with localization and work together with feeder plants.