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.
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'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 our 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 first major HVDC link in U.S. transmission history, 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 was selected to supply our high power Terra HP charging stations as part of the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States.
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.
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.
ABB's operations are organized into four global divisions, which in turn are made up of specific business units focused on particular industries and product categories.
The Power Grids division helps improve efficiency and reliability throughout the power value chain from generation to transmission and distribution. ABB pioneered HVDC technology more than 60 years ago and is responsible for around half the world's HVDC installed base.
The Electrification Products division provides a range of digital and connected innovations for low- and medium-voltage, including EV infrastructure, solar inverters, modular substations, distribution automation, power protection, wiring accessories, switchgear, enclosures, cabling, sensing and control. ABB ships over 1 million electrification products to customers worldwide every day.
The Industrial Automation division products, systems and services help optimize operations and processes across the energy value chain. Solutions include turnkey engineering, control systems, measurement products, life cycle services, outsourced maintenance and industry specific products (e.g., electric propulsion for ships, mine hoists, turbochargers and pulp testing equipment). ABB delivered the world's first power-from-shore solution for an offshore oil rig.
The Robotics and Motion division designs and builds motors, generators, drives, mechanical power transmission, robotics, wind and traction converters. ABB is the world's largest supplier of industrial electric motors and drives, which are used in a large variety of industries.