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ABB to merge six business areas

Zurich, Switzerland -- The ABB Group will merge its six automation business areas into three globally focused busin...


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December 12, 2003
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Zurich, Switzerland — The ABB Group will merge its six automation business areas into three globally focused businesses, effective Jan. 1, 2004. 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, an 18-year company veteran, will head the new process automation business, blending ABB’s control products; petroleum, chemicals and life sciences; and 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.

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Tom Sjkvist, 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 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 11 different ABB organizations to finalize a new strategic relationship. Now, we are entrusting the industry’s broadest range of automation technologies to just three empowered and exceptional global teams.”