ABB Profile | ABB Company history and products
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group consists of several divisions including Power Products, Power Systems, Discrete Automation and Motion, Low Voltage Products, and Process Automation. Technology plays a key role in the success of The ABB Group. ABB has activities all over the world working to develop unique technologies that make ABB customers more competitive, while minimizing environmental impact.
Like technology, sustainability is integral to all aspects of ABB's business. The ABB Group strives to balance economic, environmental and social objectives and integrate them into daily business decisions. The ABB Group is a publicly listed company that operates in approximately 100 countries and employs around 135,000 people. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, ABB shares are traded on the stock exchanges of Zurich, Stockholm and New York.

ABB Group Industry
ABB has been in the energy business for 120 years and has pioneered many innovations that define the industrial and utility landscape today, such as ABB variable speed drives, and ABB industrial robots. ABB technologies are used along the entire energy value chain from the extraction of resources and their transformation into electricity, liquefied natural gas or refined petroleum products, to their efficient use in industry, transportation and buildings. A comprehensive global network of skilled staff and ABB Partners offer first-class service, tailored around proven solutions for beverage manufactures, distillers, brewers and the food industry.
As a leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and services, ABB provides a comprehensive range of solutions to automotive manufacturers around the world. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 190,000 robots worldwide.
ABB products and services are utilized in various markets and industries such as the Water Industry, Pulp and Paper Solutions, Metals Solutions and many more. For a full list of the industries that utilize ABB products and services, please see the Major Industries Served section.

ABB Robots ABB Robotics, found in the ABB Discrete Automation division, are just part of the formula that help ABB increase industrial productivity and sustain energy efficiency.
ABB Company History
The history of The ABB Group can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, and has a long and illustrious record of innovation and technological leadership in many industries. In many ways, The ABB Group was founded by Ludvig Fredholm (of ASEA) and Charles E.L. Brown and Walter Boveri (of BBC) in the late 1800's.
A merger in 1988 between automation moguls ASEA, and the mainstream energy and power company BBC, labeled the new company ABB. In 1988, after the merger, ABB employed 160,000 people around the world and had revenues of $17 Billion. Compare that to ABB's 135,000 employees and revenues of $31.6 Billion in 2010.
Having helped countries all over the world to build, develop and maintain their infrastructures, ABB has in recent years gone over from large-scale solutions to alternative energy and the advanced products and technologies in power and automation that constitute its Industrial IT offering.

First share of ABB Photo of the very first share of Brown, Boveri and Cie. Dated July, 18 1900 in Baden, Switzerland.
ABB Products
The ABB Group manages their business based on a divisional structure. Their business plan comprises five divisions: Power Products, Power Systems, Discrete Automation and Motion, Low Voltage Products, and Process Automation.
  • ABB Power ProductsABB Power Products are the key components to transmit and distribute electricity. The division incorporates ABB's manufacturing network for transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, and cables and associated equipment. It also offers all the services needed to ensure products' performance and extend their lifespan. The division is subdivided into three business units.

  • ABB Power SystemsABB Power Systems offers turnkey systems and services for power transmission and distribution grids, and for power plants. Substations and substation automation systems are key areas. Additional highlights include flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS), high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and network management systems. In power generation, ABB Power Systems offers the instrumentation, control and electrification of power plants.

  • ABB Discrete Automation and MotionABB Discrete Automation and Motion provides products, solutions and related services that increase industrial productivity and energy efficiency. ABB's motors, generators, drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), power electronics and robotics provide power, motion and control for a wide range of automation applications. The leading position in wind generators and a growing offering in solar complement ABB's industrial focus, leveraging joint technology, channels and operations platforms.

  • ABB Low Voltage ProductsABB Low Voltage Products manufactures low-voltage circuit breakers, switches, control products, wiring accessories, enclosures and cable systems to protect people, installations and electronic equipment from electrical overload. The division further makes KNX systems that integrate and automate a building's electrical installations, ventilation systems, and security and data communication networks.

  • ABB Process AutomationABB Process Automation provides customers with products and solutions for instrumentation, automation and optimization of industrial processes. The industries served include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals and minerals, marine and turbo-charging. Key customer benefits include improved asset productivity and energy savings.
ABB Product Overview
The ABB Group product line includes:
  • Drives, Inverters, Converters - DC Drives, AC Drives, Drive PC Tools
  • Generator Circuit Breakers - HEC 7/8, HECPS-S, HECS, HGI, HVR-63
  • Insulation Components - Cast Epoxy, for Generator
  • Measurement Products for USA standards - Actuators, Positioners, Flow Measurement
  • High Voltage Products - Capacitors, Circuit Breakers, Surge Arresters, Switchgear
  • Low Voltage Products and Systems - Circuit Breakers, Enclosures, Fusegear
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Highway DC Fast Chargers, Charging Networks
  • Control Stems - Safety Systems, 800xA, Compact 800, SATT, Symphony DCI
  • Metallurgy Products - Application Steel Strips, Stirrers and Brakes for Steel
  • Power Cables and Cable Accessories - Cable System (36kV and above)
  • Power Protection and Automation Products - Substation Automation, Relion
  • Robotics - Application Equipment, Controllers, Robots, Software Products
  • Transformer Components - Bushings, Composites, Insulation Materials
  • Reactors - Liquid Filled
  • Semiconductors - GTO, IGCT, IGBT and Diode Dies/Modules, Presspack Diodes
  • Transformers - Dry Special, Dry Type, Liquid Filled, Services
Major Industries Served by The ABB Group
ABB serves these major industries:
  • Automotive
  • Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Chemical Solutions
  • Cement, Minerals and Mining
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Food & Beverage
  • Life Sciences Solutions
  • Marine Solutions
  • Metals Solutions
  • OEM and Panel Builder Solutions
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power Generation
  • Process Automation
  • Railway
  • Solar Power Solutions
  • Water Industry
  • Wind Power Solutions
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