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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Engineering the Future 2012

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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 –...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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,...

  28. 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...

  29. November 7, 2012

    ABB hails ‘supergrids’ breakthrough

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

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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,...

  34. June 10, 2012

    Manufacturing set for decade high

    Manufacturing is set this year to reach its highest level for more than a decade as a percentage of total world output,...

  35. May 7, 2012

    GE forms China venture with XD Electric

    General Electric, the US industrial group, has linked up with Shanghai-listed XD Electric in its latest alliance with a...

  36. April 25, 2012

    ABB margins remain under pressure

    ABB, the Swiss electrical engineering group that vies with Siemens for many big infrastructure contracts, said sales and...

  37. April 25, 2012

    Siemens / ABB: industrial complex

    Feeling queasy? Investors in Europe’s big capital equipment makers know the sensation. Shares in the likes of France’s...

  38. March 29, 2012

    M&A activity picks up in Europe

    Europe last year was the whipping boy of the global economy and the dealmaking world. The continent’s sovereign debt crisis...

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