ABB to officially open corporate research center near Cleveland

WICKLIFFE, Ohio, Nov 3, 2004 — ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies solutions headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, will formally open a Corporate Research Center (CRC) at its industrial computer control system facility in Wickliffe, Ohio, near Cleveland, in early November. The CRC will concentrate on advanced computer process control and robotics to improve the efficiency and capability of industrial plants and electric utilities.

Approximately $25 million has been invested in CRC operations in Wickliffe; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Windsor, Connecticut, which perform research and development projects with leading universities, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, Stanford University, North Carolina State University and others.
Power development work is conducted at the Raleigh location, and robotics at the Windsor site.

ABB maintains a network of CRCs around the world that work with leading research universities. The Wickliffe location was selected in part due to is its proximity to major American universities that are pursuing projects that relate to ABB’s product lines which include robots, process control
systems, industrial process measurement devices and advanced software programs to monitor and control plant and mill operations. The Wickliffe CRC is also near ABB assembly sites. In addition to the industrial computer control system facility in Wickliffe, ABB also has a robotics assembly
operation in Michigan, and an instrumentation assembly operation in Pennsylvania among other manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

About ABB [ www.abb.com ]

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 105,000 people. The company’s U.S. subsidiary employs about 8,500 people in manufacturing and other facilities in 32
states.

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