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Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget
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translation: General Swedish Electric Company
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) was a Swedish
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industry company. It merged with the Swiss
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Brown, Boveri & Cie
Brown, Boveri & Cie was a Swiss group of electrical engineering companies.It was founded in Baden, Switzerland, in 1891 by Charles Eugene Lancelot Brown and Walter Boveri who worked at the Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon. In 1970 BBC took over the Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon...
(BBC) in 1988 to form Asea Brown Boveri
ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, and best known for its robotics. ABB operates mainly in the power and automation technology areas. It ranked 143rd in Forbes Ranking ....
. ASEA still exists, but only as a holding company
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owning 50% of the ABB Group.
ASEA was founded 1883 by Ludvig Fredholm in Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 851,155 in the municipality , 1.37 million in the urban area , and around 2.1 million in the metropolitan area...
as manufacturer of electrical light and generators. By a merging with Wenström's & Granström's Electrical Power Company (Wenströms & Granströms Elektriska Kraftbolag
) the name was change to Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget
, literally the "General Swedish Electrical Limited Company", or a ASEA
- 1889 - the partner Jonas Wenström
Jonas Wenström was a Swedish engineer and inventor. He invented in Sweden the three-phase electric power system, the basis for ASEA ....
creates 3-phased generators, motors and transformers.
- 1933 - The company removes a swastika
The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing form in counter clock motion or its mirrored left-facing form in clock motion. Earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient...
from the logotype, due to the symbol's association with Nazi Germany
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- 1953 - ASEA creates the first industrial diamonds
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- 1954 - HVDC Gotland
The HVDC Gotland, on the Swedish east coast, was the first fully commercial static plant for high voltage direct current transmission in the world. The first HVDC Gotland link went into service in 1954. It could transfer 20 megawatts over a 98-kilometer-long submarine cable between Västervik on...
project, first static high-voltage DC system
- 1960s - ASEA builds 9 of 12 nuclear plants in Sweden.
- 1974 - Industrial robots are introduced by ASEA
- 1987 - Acquires Finnish Oy Strömberg Ab
Stromberg or Oy Strömberg Ab, was a company founded by Gottfrid Strömberg in 1889 in Helsinki, Finland, and manufactured electromechanical products such as: generators, electric motors and small power plants. The company was founded initially as Gottfrid Strömbergin sähköyhtiö in Finnish, Gottfrid...
- 1988 - Merges with BBC Brown Boveri
- Jan Glete
Jan Glete was a Swedish historian. He was professor of history at the Stockholm University, specializing in 20th century Swedish industry and banking as well as the connection between state formation and naval history in early modern Europe.-Academic career:Glete spent his entire academic career...
, Asea under hundra år: 1883-1983: en studie i ett storföretags organisatoriska, tekniska och ekonomiska utveckling. (Västerås, 1987).