ABB Customer World (ACW) Africa 2018 brings together leaders and experts from business, government and the education sector for ABB’s premier collaboration event from April 10-11 in Johannesburg.
- Press release: ABB Ability™ energizes and automates Africa with industry-leading digital solutions
- Blog post: What you need to know about the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Blog post: Digital technology and investment are key to avoiding Cape Town’s next water crisis
- Article: Powering Africa with ABB Ability™
With over 2,000 delegates from 23 African countries expected to attend, ACW Africa is ABB’s largest event on the continent. It brings together leaders and innovators from the energy, industry and transport & infrastructure sectors to discuss and share ideas about the potential of new technologies to transform Africa and drive forward its growth and development.
ABB’s latest pioneering technologies will be on display in a 4,000 m2 exhibition at the Sandton Convention Centre, in the heart of South Africa’s most vibrant business district. ACW Africa will see the launch in Africa of ABB AbilityTM, the company’s innovative digital offering, with 210 solutions. With ABB Ability, businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa will have the tools and means to compete in global markets. Among the new ABB Ability innovations to be displayed in Johannesburg will be ABB Ability Asset Health Center, ABB Ability Collaborative Operations, and the ABB Ability Smart Sensor.
Over two days, participants will take part in 140 keynote sessions and seminars focused on driving growth and development across the continent. ABB is the ideal partner to help customers in Africa realize the tremendous productivity and performance improvements that digitalization delivers.
The event will be hosted by ABB’s South Africa Managing Director, Leon Viljoen, and attended by several ABB Group executives, including Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, who will deliver a keynote speech on “The factory of the future”; Claudio Facchin, President of the Power Grids division, who will participate in a panel discussion on “The grid of the future: stronger, smarter and greener”; and Chunyuan Gu, President of ABB’s Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, who will join a panel on “The impact of digitalization in Africa”. ABB Chief Technology Officer Bazmi Husain will also be taking part to discuss “The future of Industrial Technology.”
Underlining Africa’s opportunities and ABB’s key role in unlocking value for its customers is the 40-percent rise ABB’s orders in Africa in 2017. With its long history and extensive presence in Africa, ABB has played a key role in the continent’s infrastructure development, especially in the provision of electricity. From large-scale power transmission and distribution projects to local microgrids, ABB technologies are extending access to electricity across the continent as well as providing reliable power to urban areas and essential infrastructure. With its pioneering digital technologies and sustainable transport solutions for road, rail and marine, ABB is helping economies to grow and enabling businesses and entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to build a prosperous, sustainable future for Africa.