Dow awards ABB 10-year automation systems contract

Technology group lands second consecutive Industrial IT software and hardware deal

Zurich, Switzerland, May 31, 2001 – ABB and The Dow Chemical Company signed a 10-year, global strategic agreement today to infuse Dow’s plants with a new generation of ABB Industrial IT technologies to link operations and enhance productivity.

“We worked very closely with Dow over the past several months to assess their operations and identify where there might be room for innovation and advancement of their process automation technology,” said Dinesh Paliwal, executive vice president and head of ABB’s process industries division. “We quickly discovered that linking the operations with open architecture software and hardware would result in dramatic productivity and efficiency improvements.”

Paliwal said ABB assigned a devoted team of scientists, engineers and sales people to analyze and assess Dow’s complex and high-tech operations. The team worked closely with Dow at locations around the world, eventually proposing an integrated solution for linking the myriad plants in Dow’s portfolio. ABB terms the integration of all these parts “Industrial IT” or Industrial Information Technology.

“Dow has been a pioneer in the development and application of process automation,” said Arnold Allemang, executive vice president, operations, at Dow. “Historically, we have produced and supplied our own automation platform, known as the MODTM family of systems, because the commercial marketplace did not offer a solution that met our needs. We have made a strategic decision to now use a commercial offering for our automation needs.

“Dow must have a system providing high operational reliability and state-of-the-art engineering tools, which are not only critical to maintaining the high performance of our production facilities
but also enable us to explore new automation frontiers,” continued Allemang. “We believe that Industrial IT is the best solution for our needs. This will allow us to focus our highly skilled process automation employees on innovative automation techniques, creating competitive advantage for our businesses. Additionally, the connectivity of ABB’s system allows us to easily provide the information needed by our business leaders to excel in our dynamic and challenging business environment.”

The agreement, said ABB, is designed for 10 years and will be augmented and built up to suit Dow’s needs. It follows a similar agreement with Visy Industries, announced by ABB in late April, linking in real time the Australian pulp and paper company’s headquarters, its production lines and corporate offices throughout Australia and the United States

Dow is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of US$ 30 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 170 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Dow has 171 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and supplies more than 2,500 products. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its approximately 50,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. For further information, visit

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