ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.
Investment in R&D was $1.3 billion in 2009, 4.1 percent of revenues: product launches include a new solar inverter, drives for water industry, rail converters, HVDC systems with higher capacity, a compact robot, moulded-case circuit breakers XT series, SACE Formula circuit breakers, a new generation of first-class specialized control and protection devices and the remote switch unit S800-RSU for solar applications (which has won the Intersolar AWARD 2010 at the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry in Munich).
We have seven research centers, 6,000 researchers and developers, and 70 university collaborations across the world.
The ABB group currently manages around 4,780 active patent families and about 19,890 active patent applications.