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ABB Sharpens Automation Technologies Focus
Nov 26, 2003
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ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) said it will merge its six automation business areas into three globally focused businesses. The company says the move continues an evolution that began in late 2002, when the group merged two automation-related divisions and combined 11 business areas into six.

Martinus Brandal 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 will manage global sales and business development, plus indirect channel development. Teemu Tunkelo will serve as technology leader and chief architect for process automation.

Tom Sjökvist, will lead the new Automation Products business, merging the current low voltage products and instruments, drives, motors, and power electronics units. Anders Jonsson, will be responsible for operational excellence in 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, renamed Manufacturing Automation.

"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," said Dinesh Paliwal, ABB group executive and head of the Automation Technologies division.

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