Company invests in training for increased demand for renewable energy

February 21st, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


ABB South Africa reported a 66% increase in revenue in its year-end results to December 2013. This was mainly achieved through the increased demand for renewable energy. The company’s CEO, Leon Viljoen, is positive about prospects based on South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes a significant portion of future energy generation emanating from renewable energy projects. The company acquired Power-One, a provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, positioning it as a leading global supplier and manufacturer of solar inverters. Viljoen says that the predictions from the IRP correlate with the feedback the company has received from its customers and business partners, all of whom are looking at investing into renewable energy over the next few years. Future business is largely expected from the Southern African region. To support its growing business in this region, the company will be investing heavily into skills development. Its School of Maintenance promotes high levels of knowledge and skills among practitioners across all disciplines by teaching generic principles which combines theory, research and practice.

Contact Natasha Mathebula, ABB South Africa, Tel 010 202-6156,

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