ABB CEO advocates Smart Technology Intelligent Upgrading at IBLAC

Ulrich Spiesshofer proposes smart technology for upgrading infrastructure and industries in China

220Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group
Shanghai, Oct. 26, 2013 – Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB’ new CEO strongly advocated smart technology for intelligent upgrading for China’s next level of urbanization and industrialization at the 25th International Business Leaders Advisory Council in Shanghai today, in his report “Building on Shanghai’s industrial and city strengths.

“It has been fascinating to witness the evolution of Shanghai over the past 30 years. ABB feels honored and privileged to be able to contribute to this historic transformation. These are essential elements required for the city to remain competitive in a globalized economy and to help promote innovation-driven development through the expansion of service and high-end manufacturing industries. Smart technologies are the best way to realize intelligent upgrading to the next-level intelligent infrastructure and industry, supporting Shanghai to maintain its competitiveness,” said Spiesshofer.

As the “world factory”, China has gone through the initial stage of industrialization and faced the challenge of globalization, urbanization, environmental issues, rising standard of living among Chinese and new industrial development. To tap development opportunities and challenge from domestic as well as international markets, Chinese government has outlined 7 strategic industries, many of which focus on smart technologies to bring intelligent upgrading in power grid, urbanization, manufacturing and production and energy-efficient homes.

220Claudio Facchin, Head of ABB North Asia and China
ABB has been taking the lead in power and automation technology development. In power grid, ABB’ smart technology can help customers manage electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner, built on advanced infrastructure and tuned to facilitate system integration.

In urbanization, ABB products and solutions are at the heart of a city's critical infrastructure, relied upon for everything from the supply of power, water and heat, to the automation of buildings and infrastructure, helping to build smart cities with energy efficiency.

In manufacturing and production, ABB smart technology is transformed into smart products and solutions helping customers move to the next level of industrialization with automation. The motion control solutions powered by high energy efficiency motor and drive can support customers to improve energy efficiency in a significant way.

ABB offers comprehensive smart technologies for smart homes, where the consumption of buildings and homes can be greatly reduced with ABB energy efficient technologies.

185Dr. Chun-yuan Gu, Head of Discrete Automation and Motion Division, ABB North Asia & China
In the 12th Five-Year Plan, ABB has participated in a number of national projects, supporting the countries development in a sustainable way. ABB’s Ultra High-Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) technology participated in the construction of the world longest power transmission line, the ±800 kv Hami-Zhengzhou line over 2,210 km to transmit 8,000 MW power to central China. ABB’s 165 fast-charge stations helped Estonia to have a nation-wide electric vehicle charging network, making it possible to charge an electric car in 15-30 minutes. In Ropoo located in Shenzhen, 70 ABB robots liberated 280 workers from tedious and repetitive jobs. ABB’s smart building management system, ibus○R and others, support numerous high-end buildings and houses, including T3 of Beijing Capital airport, Tomson-Riviera in Shanghai to realize comfortable, reliable and energy efficient control of buildings.

Ulrich Spiesshofer became CEO of the ABB Group in September 2013 after leading the company’s Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division for 4 years. As head of DM, he led a doubling of the division’s revenues by organic and inorganic means, and the integration of Baldor – ABB’s largest ever acquisition. This is his first visit China since he took office as ABB Group CEO.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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