ABB forms two joint ventures to build a new service organization in Poland

ABB expands its service, repair and modernization activities in a market which is growing rapidly under Poland’s privatization program

Zurich, Switzerland, October 2, 1997 - ABB, the international electrical engineering company, announced the formation of two joint ventures as the basis of a new service organization in ABB Poland to provide the widest scope of service activities for electrical industrial equipment. This step is in line with ABB’s concept to expand its service, repair and modernization activities to serve the mature industries, particularly in Europe and North America.

The companies are ABB Huta Katowice Service Ltd, a 60/40 percent joint venture between ABB and Huta Katowice, and ABB Service Ltd, a 65/35 percent joint venture between ABB and Dolnoslaska Spolka Inwestycyjna (DSI) which is owned by KGHM Polish Copper. Together, the two joint ventures will employ over 300 people. They will concentrate on service, repairs and reconditioning of a wide range of electrical industrial equipment, such as rotating machines, measurement and control systems, transformers and other items of power transmission and distribution plant.

ABB Huta Katowice Service will employ 200 people and is based in Dabrowa Gornicza, near the city of Katowice. The company will focus its service activities on the power engineering, chemical and machine industries, as well as mines and steel works.

ABB Service will employ over 100 people and is based in Legnica in western Poland. The company will initially provide a service facility for the production centres of KGHM Polish Copper, before expanding its electrical service activities to cover Polish industry in the south-west area of the country, including mines, steel works and machine industries.

Both companies will benefit by sharing in ABB’s substantial experience in the field of industrial services and will acquire the latest techniques, process knowledge, management and organizational skills to provide efficient and high quality service to customers in a market which is growing rapidly under Poland’s privatization program.

ABB, including its 50 percent-owned joint venture Adtranz, employs 11,000 people in Poland.The two new joint venture companies will be members of ABB’s Industrial and Building Systems Segment which employs 95,000 people worldwide with orders in 1996 of approximately US$ 17 billion. The ABB Group employs 216,000 people worldwide with orders in 1996 of US$ 36 billion. (End)

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    • Mr. John Fox
      ABB Corporate Communications, Zurich
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      Country Communications Manager, Poland
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