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MEI Online: Control & Instrumentation: Latest News: November 28th 2003

:: ABB Sharpens Automation Technologies Focus  

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has said that it will merge its six automation business areas into three globally-focused businesses effective January 1, 2004. The move continues an evolution that began in late 2002 when the group merged two automation-related divisions and combined eleven business areas into six.

Martinus Brandal, an 18-year veteran, will head the new Process Automation business -- blending ABB’s control products; petroleum, chemicals and life sciences; plus paper, minerals, marine and turbocharging units. Frank Duggan, currently head of the petroleum and chemicals automation business, will manage global sales and business development, plus indirect channel development. Teemu Tunkelo, current head of the control products business, will serve as technology leader and chief architect for process automation.

Tom Sjökvist, with more than 30 years in ABB, will lead the new Automation Products business, merging the current low voltage products and instruments, drives, motors, and power electronics units. Anders Jonsson, current manager of the drives, motors and power electronics area, will drive operational excellence through cost focus, supply chain and sourcing, and strategic cost migration.

Bo Elisson, a 29-year veteran, will continue to head the ABB robotics, automotive and manufacturing business which is renamed Manufacturing Automation, to sharpen the cost focus and track record of innovation from an organization that boasts an installed base of more than 100,000 robots.

“To appreciate the logic of these new businesses, consider the needs of a major automation technologies user," said Dinesh Paliwal, ABB group executive and head of the Automation Technologies division. “Just one year ago, our customers had to deal with eleven different ABB organizations to finalize a new strategic relationship. These customers rewarded our first steps toward simplicity with four consecutive quarters where we achieved double-digit business improvement. Now, we are entrusting the industry’s broadest range of automation technologies to just three empowered and exceptional global teams."

ABB’s automation business spans the full range of products and solutions for motion, power, measurement, control and optimization in both process and discrete applications. The Automation Technologies division employs about 56,000 and posted 2002 revenues of US$ 8.5 billion.



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