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    1. December 18, 2014

      ABB names former Shell chief Peter Voser as new chairman

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, has named Peter Voser, the former head of Royal Dutch Shell, as its new chairman....

    2. December 16, 2014

      ABB and Hitachi form Japanese joint venture focused on energy

      ABB and Hitachi are to launch a joint venture to supply equipment for Japan’s energy grids, in a move that could be a...

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    1. Engineering the Future 2012

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    1. November 3, 2014

      UK bookmakers criticised over betting machine measures

      Bookmakers have made another stab at protecting punters from the potential dangers of betting machines. But critics say it...

    2. October 22, 2014

      ABB warns of increasing uncertainty for global economy

      ABB warned of increasing uncertainty over the short-term prospects for the global economy, as it posted a 12 per cent...

    3. September 9, 2014

      ABB unveils $4bn share buyback

      ABB has unveiled plans for a $4bn share buyback following a period of underperformance that has seen the Swiss engineering...

    4. July 23, 2014

      ABB remains calm over wind power losses

      ABB’s chief executive has reiterated his determination to hang on to the engineering conglomerate’s underperforming power...

    5. June 27, 2014

      ABB sells steel structures arm to Trinity Industries for $600m

      ABB has agreed to sell a steel structures business for $600m in cash as the Swiss engineering conglomerate steps up its...

    6. June 9, 2014

      Robot makers turn to technology industry as next world to conquer

      Robot executives paid close attention when Chia Day, a softly spoken senior vice-president at Foxconn, visited the...

    7. June 1, 2014

      China becomes largest buyer of industrial robots

      China, once the manual labour “workshop of the world”, has become the largest buyer of industrial robots, as rising wage...

    8. April 29, 2014

      ABB to overhaul power systems division

      ABB is to redouble its efforts to overhaul its troublesome power systems division and stop bidding for solar projects after...

    9. April 25, 2014

      GE deal for power arm could fire up Alstom

      French engineering champion Alstom is a world leader in coal-power generators. Unfortunately, that is a bit like being a...

    10. February 23, 2014

      Sweden’s directors braced for EU rule change

      Sweden’s much praised system of ownership and corporate governance will be undermined by new EU rules on directorships, say...

    11. February 13, 2014

      Derby train maker adds Crossrail to birthday bash

      A £1bn order to build trains for London’s Crossrail line is a timely present for Bombardier’s Derby factory as it celebrates...

    12. February 13, 2014

      Recent votes call into question Swiss hospitality to business

      Few countries have been more hospitable to business than Switzerland. Its stable laws and favourable tax regime have proved...

    13. February 13, 2014

      ABB cuts annual growth target to 4%-5%

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, struck a cautious note on the outlook for the global economy as it cut its...

    14. January 22, 2014

      ABB: tacking nicely

      Investors hate weather excuses. But Swiss engineering group ABB, which has warned on profits and pinned the blame on ill...

    15. November 20, 2013

      Outlawing high pay will cost Switzerland dear

      Executive pay is a tense subject in many places but the Swiss are the first to raise it to the status of a formal national...

    16. October 6, 2013

      ABB seeks to streamline its sales pitch

      Building things as different as power grids and robots for breweries is a complicated business. Explaining – and selling –...

    17. August 2, 2013

      Europe vies with China in electric bus race

      Pioneering eco-friendly transport systems It is a quiet afternoon at Geneva airport and just outside the main entrance, an...

    18. July 25, 2013

      ABB shares dip as orders fall short

      Shares in ABB dropped 4 per cent after the Swiss engineering conglomerate booked fewer new orders than expected in the...

    19. June 17, 2013

      ABB: all change at the top

      It is always encouraging when news of an incoming chief executive is greeted with a share price rise. But in the case of...

    20. June 17, 2013

      ABB promotes Ulrich Spiesshofer to chief as Joe Hogan steps down

      ABB has promoted Ulrich Spiesshofer, the head of its discrete automation and motion division, to chief executive following...

    21. May 13, 2013

      ABB technology head departs just days after chief steps down

      ABB has lost a second top executive in four days after its chief technology officer followed the chief executive out of the...

    22. May 10, 2013

      ABB chief Joe Hogan steps down from Swiss engineer

      ABB, the Swiss engineering group, is looking for a new chief executive after Joe Hogan unexpectedly decided to step down for...

    23. April 24, 2013

      ABB ‘cautiously optimistic’ about year ahead

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, said it was “cautiously optimistic” about the year ahead after posting a 9 per cent...

    24. April 22, 2013

      ABB / Power-One: shining example

      Wait a minute. Isn’t everyone bailing out of solar energy? Siemens is selling its lossmaking solar technology unit; Bosch...

    25. April 22, 2013

      ABB in $1bn US solar power deal

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, is to buy the US solar energy company Power-One for $1.03bn, in a bet that growing...

    26. March 20, 2013

      Equity rules choke growth, warn chiefs

      The future of European industry is in danger as the difficulty of winning equity financing threatens the development of new...

    27. February 18, 2013

      $78m payout enrages Novartis shareholders

      The revelation at the weekend that Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis will pay its outgoing chairman $78m to keep his...

    28. February 14, 2013

      Renault accelerates amid optimism

      Earnings surprises were behind the biggest moves in Europe on Thursday in one of the busiest days so far for the European...

    29. February 14, 2013

      ABB boosted by US ventures

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, posted better than expected earnings in the final quarter of 2012 thanks to a...

    30. February 14, 2013

      ABB: pricing pressures ease

      Reading the turn in a cycle is never easy. Investors, scrutinising Thursday’s 2012 figures from Swiss-based engineering...

    31. December 14, 2012

      ABB overhauls power systems division

      ABB is to overhaul its power systems division by reversing its disappointing expansion in more than 10 countries, resulting...

    32. November 15, 2012

      ABB names Eric Elzvik as group CFO

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, has appointed Eric Elzvik, an internal candidate, as chief financial officer,...

    33. November 11, 2012

      US was quick to plug battery funding gaps

      It is hard to say which company or country will end up winning the race to find an affordable, reliable and efficient way of...

    34. November 7, 2012

      ABB hails ‘supergrids’ breakthrough

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, hailed a major breakthrough in power transmission technology that it says will...

    35. October 25, 2012

      ABB ‘optimistic’ despite European malaise

      Economic uncertainty in Europe and emerging markets depressed third-quarter orders and profits at ABB, but the Swiss...

    36. September 12, 2012

      ABB sticks by 2011-15 financial targets

      ABB, the Swiss engineering conglomerate, continued to defy the gloom enveloping European manufacturers by reaffirming its...

    37. FT Alphaville

      June 20, 2012

      Will Invensys now grace us with a statement?

      Kinda nutty this. For months now unusually firm bid speculation has swirled round Invensys. Accompanying press articles have...

    38. June 14, 2012

      Innovative companies: Fostering invention is not just about cash

      “Innovation”, Steve Jobs once said, “has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac,...

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