ABB India, the ABB Group company was incorporated in India in 1949, it is leader in power automation technologies. These technologies enable industrial customers to improve their performance along with lower environment impact. Today, ABB employs over 10,000 people across more than 40 locations in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. ABB has 12 manufacturing sites on the subcontinent and one of its seven corporate research centers around the world is based in India.
The history of ABB goes back to the late nineteenth century, and is a long and illustrious record of innovation and technological leadership in many industries. 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.
ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.
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.
In 2013, ABB inaugurated two new facilities producing power products in India to coincide, with the 50 year anniversary of the company's extensive Vadodara manufacturing hub in the western state of Gujarat. The new units covering an area of about 15,000 square meters were built in 18 months at an investment of approximately Rs 250 crore and are located in Savli, close to the Vadodara facility. The new manufacturing units will produce high-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers.Product range of the company includes:
Power Products: Power Products are the key components to transmit and distribute electricity. The division incorporates ABB's manufacturing network for transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, 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.
Power Systems: 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, Power Systems offers the instrumentation, control and electrification of power plants. The division is subdivided into four business units.
Automation Products: This ABB business serves customers with energy efficient and reliable products to improve customers' productivity, including drives, motors and generators, low voltage products, instrumentation and analytical, and power electronics. More than one million products are shipped daily to end customers and channel partners, spanning a wide range of industry and utility operations, plus commercial and residential buildings.
Process Automation: The main focus of this ABB business is to provide customers with integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge. The industries served include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals and minerals, marine and turbocharging. Key customer benefits include improved asset productivity and energy savings.
Robotics: ABB is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 160,000 robots worldwide.
1949: The company was incorporated on December 24 as the Hindustan Electric Company.
1965: the company’s name was changed to Hindustan Brown Boveri (HBB).
1989: Pursuant to the Scheme of Amalgamation of Asea Limited with HBB with effect from 1st January, the name was further changed to Asea Brown Boveri, with effect from October 13, 1989.
1995: Flakt India Limited was amalgamated with ABB with effect from October 5.
1994-95: a joint venture company- ‘ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation AG’ (Adtranz) was established by ABB Zurich and Daimler-Benz AG, Germany, in Germany.
1996: A subsidiary of Adtranz was incorporated in India viz. ’ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation Limited which took over the Transportation Business of the Company.
1999: ABB’s power generation business was globally transferred into the new 50-50 JV with Alstom. In India the power generation business has been demerged and transferred to ABB Alstom Power India with effect from April 1, 1999. In consideration of the transfer of the power business, each shareholder of ABB has been allotted one share in ABB Alstom Power India for every share held in the company.
2001: Making Automation Easier” - in keeping with this commitment, ABB donated an on-line passport information kiosk to the Passport office, Bangalore on Thursday the 15th February 2001.
2002: Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) announced the launch of several new and innovative products and solutions at Elecrama 2002.
2004: Reinforces company strategy of range expansion to complete the value chain.
2005: Organization realignment and regional approach to enhance synergy and value creation.
2006: Group CEO Fred Kindle announces new units in Haridwar and Nashik.
2006: Integrated engagement plan to promote technology development in power and automation and foster industry-academia interface
2007: The company strengthens India commitment with significant expansion plans.
2008: The company wins Rs. 312-crore power order for Delhi International Airport Terminal (T3).
2009: The company sets up state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Bangalore.
2010: The company inaugurates global wind power generator factory in India.
2011: ABB announced that it will invest about US $ 24 million (Rs 115 crore) in a new facility in India to manufacture a new range of Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCB), Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCB) and Surge Protection Devices (SPD).
2014: ABB received a contract from Power Grid Corporation of India to construct a 400 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear substation to the boost transmission capacity in the southern region.