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April 1969.

Allmana Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget (ASEA) of Sweden.

British branches at various locations, including Telford, Ellesmere Port, and Cheadle Hulme.

1883 Ludvig Fredholm established Elektriska Aktiebolaget in Stockholm as manufacturers of electrical lighting and generators.

1890 Elektriska Aktiebolaget merged with Wenströms and Granströms Elektriska Kraftbolag, pioneers of multi-phase electricity, to form Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget, later shortened to ASEA.

1926 ASEA supplied electric locomotives and power converters for the new Stockholm to Gothenburg railway.

1932 Built the world’s largest self-cooling transformer rated at 2,500 kVA.

1952 Designed and installed the first 400 kV AC cable – a 70 m low pressure oil-filled cable connecting an underground power station to the Swedish grid.

1957 ASEA Electric was UK representative, which then changed its name to Fuller Electric, part of Hawker Siddeley

1972 Constructed the first nuclear power plant in Sweden; eventually had built nine of the country’s 12 reactors.

1988 Merger between ASEA AB of Sweden and BBC Brown Boveri Ltd forming ABB (ASEA-Brown Boveri) with 850 subsidiary companies and 180,000 employees operating in 140 countries. The merged entity became the world’s leading supplier in the electric power industry. At that time ABB controlled as much as a third of Europe’s business and more than 20 percent of the world market. The two parent companies retained their separate names, boards and stock listings.

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Sources of Information

  • ABB History [1]