ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalization. For more than four decades, ABB have been at the forefront, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Every day, ABB drive efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure globally. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 136,000 people.
For more than 100 years, ABB and its predecessor companies have set the pace for innovation in technologies to harvest energy, improve productivity, safeguard the environment, increase profits, and more. Our modern-day power and automation technologies are derived from the efforts of dozens of leading companies and thousands of talented individuals worldwide. Although certain brand names have changed, the spirit of innovation from these leading companies and their employees remains at the core of ABB. In celebration of this heritage, we offer here a brief history of some of the companies that have contributed to shaping ABB – and a quick guide to the technologies that they continue to influence today.
Each year ABB dedicate around $1.5 billion to fund research and development activities driven by our 7,900 technologists in their four divisions and seven corporate research centers.
Maintaining position as one of the world’s leading engineering companies requires technology leadership, global presence, application knowledge and strong local expertise. ABB create and support a comprehensive range of products, systems and services that increase energy efficiency, reliability and productivity for industrial, utility and infrastructure customers.
ABB Corporate Research serves the entire company and, consequently, its scientists and engineers closely collaborate with R&D within the divisions. This partnership has provided the foundation for many of our pioneering technologies. ABB Corporate Research anchors and grows the core competencies needed to conduct research and development in power and automation products, solutions and services.