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Entrepreneurship and pioneering achievements from 1891 into the digital future

ABB can look back on 125 years at the forefront of technical progress and ahead to a brilliant future. For that, we have to thank our visionary predecessors, our enthusiastic customers around the world, and our shareholders and employees. The company had not even been entered into the commercial register when, thanks to the technical expertise of its founders, it received its first order to electrify the city of Baden.

Because of its innovative strength, the company now known as ABB evolved to become a global market leader in its industries. This is because it has always remained young and inventive at heart. Its predecessor company, BBC, pioneered and shaped the world of electrification from the outset, and then later shaped automation, and now, as ABB, it is a digital champion, touching many areas of life. Yet it would not do to laud only the achievements of our engineers in this retrospective and forward-looking publication.

After all, to keep succeeding against strong rivals in over 100 countries  you also need a learning organization, a culture of performance, and passion. Digitalization, automation, and energy efficiency are mega-trends that will shape the decades to come. And we will be at the forefront – as we have been for 125 years.

Peter Voser, ABB Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB CEO