ABB Robot History
ABB is the product of numerous acquisitions and mergers, yet has grown into becoming a leader in global power and automation technologies. They are behind many innovations and technologies in modern society today. Everything ABB does focuses on improving quality, productivity, and efficiency while also minimizing the environmental impact.
Although the head office is in Switzerland, ABB operates in more than 100 countries including the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The USA ABB Robotics headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
1988 - ASEA of Vasteras, Sweden (founded 1883) and BBC Brown Boveri Ltd of Baden, Switzerland, (founded 1891) announce plans to form ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd., headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Each parent will hold 50 percent of the new company.
1988- Operations begin January 5, 1988. In the first year, some 15 acquisitions are made, amounting to $17 billion. Total employment worldwide at the end of the year is 160,000.
1990 - ABB begins an aggressive expansion in Eastern Europe and prepares for expansion into Asia. The rate of acquisition slows in the U.S. and Western Europe and a period of consolidation and restructuring in these regions begins. Acquisitions amount to US$ 700 million, while divestitures total approximately US $1.1 billion. Employment levels worldwide increase again to 215,150.
1998- ABB launches a delta robot designed for picking and packing, called the FlexPicker.
2000- To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ABB delivered the first commercial high-voltage short-to-shop electric power.
2009 - ABB splits robotic division into two new groups called Discrete Low Voltage Products, and Automation and Motion.
2010-ABB links the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant in southwest China to Shanghai.
2012- ABB helped to solve a technical challenge that has been left unresolved for over a hundred years. They designed and developed a hybrid DC breaker siutable for the creation of large inter-regional DC grids. successfully designs and develops a hybrid DC breaker suitable for the creation of large inter-regional DC grids.
2014- ABB launches world's first truly collaborative robot: Yumi®.
2017- ABB Ability™, an industry-leading digital solution that connects customers to the Industrial Internet of Things.
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