AMETEK Solidstate Controls has begun production at its new manufacturing facility in Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new facility results from a multimillion-dollar contract with Petrobras to supply rectifiers, chargers, inverters, and industrial uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for the Comperj oil refinery under construction in Itaborai, near Rio de Janero.
Solidstate Controls will provide similar equipment to the Petrobras RLAM refinery expansion in Bahia and to Gerdau, one of Brazil’s leading steel producers. Along with these projects, it has additional opportunities in petrochemicals, mining, and transportation elsewhere in Brazil and across South America.
“Our Indaiatuba facility represents a significant global expansion opportunity,” notes George Ardolino, vice president and business unit manager. “It greatly increases our ability to serve a growing customer base in Brazil and enhances our presence across South America. Along with our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, we now have 20 sales and services locations worldwide that provide Solidstate Controls with a presence in more than 80 countries around the world.”
The AMETEK business unit is in a long-term international expansion effort.
Work began on the Indaiatuba facility last year, with construction of the UPS assembly line. Staffing, tooling, and construction were completed earlier this year, and the first UPS production units rolled off the line in June.
Solidstate Controls shares the 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with several other AMETEK do Brasil businesses. These include aerospace and defense, air moving electric motors, precision motion control solutions, materials analysis instruments, measurement and calibration technologies, process and analytical instruments, and programmable power devices.
Solidstate Controls manufactures UPS, inverters, and battery charger systems for industrial applications and specializes in the design and manufacture of highly customized inverters and UPS systems for critical processes involving harsh environments, such as oil refineries or power plants. Its systems provide continuous clean, regulated power for critical loads in process control and industrial applications and are installed to provide backup power for operations that cannot afford to shutdown during power outages or disruptions.
Parent company AMETEK produces electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized global sales of $3.5 billion.