ABB Sp. z o.o. - history in brief
The ABB Group was one of the first big global companies to invest in Poland after the year 1990, when significant political, social and industrial changes took place after the collapse of communism. In that year ABB took over from the State Treasury a big producer of power turbines - the company Zamech located in Elblag. A year later, in 1991 ABB took over a very well known producer of power and distribution transformers - ELTA in Lodz. And 1992 was the year of establishing a new company - ABB Sp. z o.o.
During the last 20 years ABB was very active on the Polish market buying or setting up several companies located among others in Warszawa, Lodz, Elblag, Wroclaw, Krakow, Katowice. In 1998 the ABB Group was represented by 16 companies employing 9000 people. But changes taking place on the global market at the end of the 1990's also affected ABB. In 2000 ABB Zamech was sold to Alstom, it was also decided to merge together into one legal entity all other ABB companies in Poland. Therefore, on March 19th, 2002, the two biggest factories - ABB Elta and ABB Zwar merged with ABB Sp. z o.o. The next company, ABB Centrum Automatyki was consolidated with ABB Sp. z o.o. on the 3rd of February 2003. The same happened with three other companies - ABB Zamech Gazpetro, ABB Marine oraz ABB Instal - which joined ABB Sp. z o.o. in 2006.
ABB in Poland is continuously growing. In September 2009 ABB officially opened a new electrical motors factory located in Aleksandrow Lodzki in the Lodz Special Economic Zone (LSEZ). A year later, on the same plot of the LSEZ, a Power Electronics Factory was opened.
Now ABB Sp. z o.o. in Poland is employing ca. 3360 people and is located in several cities around Poland. The HQ are located in the Warszawa (ca. 200 employees.). It has factories in Lodz (1200), Przasnysz (300), Aleksandrow Lodzki (500) and Wroclaw (200). The Corporate Research Center (140 scientists) and Information Systems Delivery Center (almost 400 highly educated IT specialists) are located in Krakow.