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Voith Hydro opens new center of competence for generator components
- Portfolio covers bars, coils, and poles for hydropower generators.
- Located in central Europe the state-of-the art facility supplies Voith Hydro’s African and European markets as well as the Americas.
- Local officials and company representatives inaugurated the new generator component hub at the end of last year.
LUKAVAC, BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA. Voith Hydro officially opened the doors of its newly established centre of competence for generator components in Bosnia and Hercegovina six months ago. The location in Lukavac (Tuzla) will be serving western markets; from North and Latin America to Europe and Africa.
The new location is only 1.5 flight hours away from Voith Hydro’s German headquarters in Heidenheim. Its’ set-up was closely aligned with experts from the company’s central technology department in Germany, where essential R&D functions for generator components are based.
Apart from the proximity to the headquarters, customers benefit from the closeness to the mainly European supplier base of insulation materials which ensures efficiency and smooth operations. Additionally, Voith Hydro is in close collaboration with the Bosnian facility of ELIN Motoren, a Voith company, which is successfully producing motor and generator coils as well as wind generator components in the immediate neighbourhood.
Pole production already in full swing
Works at the facility began in 2021 and initial test productions could already be performed in February 2022. After successful acceptance tests, the pole production started with first orders for hydropower stations in Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Switzerland. The success speaks for itself: the company’s project pipelines for all production lines (poles, bars, and coils) are filled.
World-class bars and coils
Just like the poles, bars, and coils underwent demanding life-cycle simulations and high-voltage tests. These have been completed to full satisfaction and do not only meet international standards but also the even higher internal quality aspirations.
“With this facility, we bundle our competence for bars, coils, and poles. The location in central Europe is ideal to serve not only the European market but also Africa, the Americas, or even beyond”, says Dr. Tobias Keitel, President & CEO Voith Hydro. First customers mirror this with their positive feedback: “We were deeply impressed by the state-of-the-art workshop”, says Luc Reinig, Technical Director at Société Electrique de l’Our in Luxembourg.
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.
The Division of the Voith Hydro Group integrates the Voith Group and is a market leader, in addition to a reliable partner for the provision of equipment for hydroelectric power plants. Voith develops customized, long-term services and solutions for large and small hydropower plants around the world. Its portfolio of products and services covers the entire cycle and all the main components of large and small hydropower complexes, ranging from generators, turbines, pumps and automation systems to spare parts, maintenance services, training, and digital solutions for smart hydroelectric power.
The new Voith Hydro location in Bosnia and Hercegovina is ready to deliver generator components to customers worldwide.
State-of-the-art machines and processes are set up in the new location.