WEG has just announced the installation of a new manufacturing site in the city of Betim, state of Minas Gerais. Focused on the production of E-houses for solar and industrial generation, the new operation counts on 5000 square meters of manufacturing facilities and will generate 100 new jobs in the next three years. “We are the largest manufacturer of electric E-houses in Latin America and this operation will be an important part of our productive capacity in the coming years. It will also strengthen our position in one of the most important markets for electrical equipment for power generation and mining in the country”, says Manfred Peter Johann, WEG Automation Business Unit Managing Director. 

In January 2020, WEG acquired, in the same city, one of the most modern manufacturing plants in Brazil for high voltage transformers, mainly dedicated to projects and large transmission lines. As of January 2021, WEG started to manufacture power transformers, shunt reactors, and power autotransformers with voltage class up to 800kV and power rating up to 500MVA. Together, both WEG operations will shortly employ more than 300 people. 

The attractiveness of Minas Gerais, as a place for new investments by WEG, was highlighted after a long analysis considering several alternatives across the country. In addition to the support provided by the Government of the state of Minas Gerais, through the State Investment Promotion Agency - INDI (associated with the Secretariat for Economic Development) and the Municipality of Betim, we will have an excellent market place, including a strategic location, access to main highways, strong industrial background, availability high quality education and technical courses, which provides us with qualified workforce”, explains Manfred.

Despite the tough time we are facing, due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to know that several companies are investing in Minas Gerais. The WEG project reinforces the favorable business environment that we offer. We are a State that is friendly to those who generate jobs and revenues”, says the Governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema.