ABB celebrates 125th anniversary


On August 29 2014, global automation and power technology leader ABB celebrated its 125th anniversary in Finland.

Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland has over 5,000 employees in 30 locations, generating sales worth around US$3 billion.

With more than 800 technologists and more than US$245 million in investment annually, ABB Finland is one of ABB’s global research and development hubs and was the second largest research and development investor in Finland in 2013.

The Finnish base provides its customers solutions for power transmission and distribution, building technology, sustainable transportation, renewable power, and industry automation and marine solutions.

As an inventor of several key technologies and businesses, ABB Finland has a very important global role within the corporation, being the lead centre for energy-efficient low-voltage drives and the successful Azipod propulsion system for ships.

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer: “ABB Finland has been driving innovation in power and automation technologies for 125 years. Today, ABB Finland is one of our most dynamic and successful country organisations and we continue to invest substantially in innovation and production facilities.”

In total, the ABB Group operates in around 100 countries and employs approximately 145,000 people.

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