Technology milestones

1800s to 1900s

1997

ABB sets out to create a single Industrial IT architecture for its entire range of technologies and products.

1988

Asea and BBC merge to form one of the world's largest electrical engineering companies.

1984

BBC delivers generators for the world's largest hydroelectric power station at Itaipu in Brazil.

1974

ASEA sells the world's first microprocessor-controlled, all-electric industrial robot.

1963

The first data transmission at carrier frequency is sent by BBC over a 735 kV high-voltage line to a power station control unit.

1954

ASEA installs the world’s first commercial HVDC transmission line, providing 20 MW, 100 kV to the Isle of Gotland over a distance of 96 km.

1953

ASEA is the first company in the world to manufacture synthetic diamonds.

1944

BBC develops the first high-speed locomotive with a direct drive system.

1933

BBC invents a new concept for building turbine rotors.

1932

ASEA builds the world's first self-cooling transformer.

1913

BBC begins manufacturing mercury arc valves and soon advances to become a leading manufacturer of inverters and later power electronics.

1901

BBC builds the first steam turbine in Europe.

1893

ASEA builds the first three-phase transmission system in Sweden.

1893

BBC supplies Europe’s first large-scale combined heat and power plant producing alternating current.

1891

BBC is established by Brown and Boveri, and shortly thereafter it becomes the first company to transmit high-voltage AC power.