ABB automates Africa

July 2018 News

With the commercial launch of more than 210 solutions and services, ABB South Africa is unlocking value for the African continent. In particular, ABB Ability creates powerful solutions and services that create the opportunity to increase productivity and cut costs in countries that could then leapfrog outmoded western models of industrialisation and become digital leaders.

ABB Ability works by gathering and analysing data from customers’ operations and applying to that data the knowledge and expertise gained from ABB’s vast global installed base of 70 million connected devices and 7000 control systems. With the resulting intelligence, ABB’s customers can optimise their operations and use the insights gained to develop new business models, for instance by using digital technologies to overcome distance and operate across borders.

“Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development and realise its full potential with the emergence of new technologies,” said Chunyuan Gu, ABB’s president for Asia, Middle East and Africa. “As a pioneering technology leader serving utilities, transport and infrastructure providers, ABB is the ideal partner to help customers in Africa realise the tremendous productivity and performance improvements that digitalisation delivers.” Underlining ABB’s key role in unlocking value for its customers through automation is the 40% rise in 2017 orders across all its divisions, sub-regions and channels.

On the power side, renewables, high voltage transmission technologies, digital grids and microgrids are extending access to electricity. The microgrids can be monitored and controlled remotely via an ABB Ability wireless network. In addition, automation and robotics are driving productivity increases, helping businesses to be competitive in regional and global markets, while digital technologies are providing access to those technologies and markets.

For more information contact Clayton Duckworth, ABB South Africa, +27 (0)10 202 8533,,


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