In the United States and around the world, we help our customers work safer and more successfully by bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug, and we automate industries from raw materials to finished products. ABB is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future.
ABB’s North American operations are headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and employ about 24,000 people from Silicon Valley to Detroit to facilities in 100 communities in 25 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
ABB’s success has been driven particularly by a strong focus on research and development. One of its seven global research and development centers is located on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh along with its Smart Grid Center of Excellence and the regional headquarters for ABB’s power-related businesses.
This focus on technology development has produced numerous breakthroughs and industry firsts, many in the United States, from the world’s largest drive at NASA’s National Transonic Facility Wind Tunnel in Virginia to the world’s largest battery energy storage system in Fairbanks, Alaska. ABB has even supplied robots featured in the Terminator and Iron Man films, as well as the Star Trek: Discovery series. As part of Electrify America, ABB has been selected to supply its high power Terra HP charging stations as part of the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. The firm’s shares are traded on the stock exchanges of New York, Zurich, Switzerland and Stockholm, Sweden.
The company in its current form was created in 1988, and quickly established a presence in the U.S. through acquisitions as well as organic growth. Westinghouse, Combustion Engineering, Bailey Controls and many other highly respected firms joined the ABB family. In the last few years, ABB has dramatically expanded its US operations with the acquisitions of Baldor (motors and mechanical power transmission), Thomas & Betts (low-voltage products), Ventyx (enterprise software), PowerOne (solar inverters), Los Gatos Research (measurement instruments), B&R (industrial automation) and General Electric Industrial Solutions (electrification products) in 2018.
Today, ABB stands as a global leader in industrial technology, and the U.S. represents its largest growth market.