ABB is the product of many acquisitions and mergers, but primarily the 1988 coming together of ASEA of Sweden and Switzerland's BBC, formerly known as Brown Boveri, two of the proudest and best known names in European electrical engineering history.
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.
To get started, simply select any ABB heritage brand from below: