ABB shows the factory of the future to German Chancellor and PM of Sweden

Hannover, Germany, April 1, 2019 - Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven were given a glimpse into the factory of the future by ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

From right to left: Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor; Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO ABB; Bernd Althusmann, Economic Minister of Lower Saxony; Stefan Weil, Prime Minister Lower Saxony; Hans-Georg Krabbe, Managing Director Germany; Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research; Jacob Wallenberg, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors ABB 

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer explained how a production cell would work in the factory of the future, where robots will collaborate with humans. They were shown how iconic, two-armed YuMi® robots together with single-armed YuMi® put together wristwatches individually with unparalleled precision, using the revolutionary versatile transport system from ABB’s newly formed Robotics & Discrete Automation business. Federal Chancellor Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Löfven showed high interest in the factory of the future.

“The future of production will be smarter, more flexible and closer to the customer,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “We bring together electrification, automation, robotics and digitalization to create solutions for tomorrow. Even today, ABB is uniquely combining human and machine with its robotic and automation solutions to open up new opportunities.”

At this year’s Hannover Messe, ABB is showing how increasingly smart digital technologies are coming together to transform the way we power, produce, work, live and move. As the official Hannover Messe partner country of 2019, Sweden is the focus of the world’s most important industrial fair, and ABB - established in 1988 from the merger of Sweden’s ASEA and Switzerland’s BBC - also looks with pride on its Swedish heritage.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market‑leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com 

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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) 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. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. 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. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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