ABB executive appointed advisor to Chinese government

Consulting role will leverage group’s active presence in Guangdong industrial region

Norwalk, Connecticut. August 4, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, said today that Dinesh C. Paliwal has been appointed as economic advisor to his excellency Huang Huahua, governor of Guangdong province -- Peoples’ Republic of China. Paliwal, who serves on the ABB executive committee and heads the group’s worldwide Automation Technologies businesses, will support the provincial government on economic issues and future development.

The three-year advisory term will formally launch in November when the Guangdong provincial government convenes its 2003 International Consultative Conference in the key industrial city of Guangzhou. Some 25 executive participants will join the forum, representing worldwide commercial and academic interests. Past advisors include senior executives from organizations including ABB, Ericsson, Ernst and Young, Motorola, Royal Dutch Shell, Novartis, and Stanford University.

ABB has an active presence in China with about 6,500 employees, 17 manufacturing locations, and 28 sales and service centers. The company derives about 25 percent of its China-bound orders from the southern industrial region and has seen an extended period of double-digit growth across China. Key ABB customers in Guangdong province span the nation’s utility, oil and gas, paper, metals, and automotive industries.

Paliwal, an Indian national, is an 18-year veteran of ABB. He has worked and lived in six countries, including a four-year assignment as head of the group’s industries businesses in China and Northeast Asia. His current responsibilities span some 55,000 employees and 150 manufacturing, software and application centers worldwide. ABB Automation Technologies division posted 2002 revenues of US $8.6 billion.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering their environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 133,000 people.

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