Corporate research at ABB

ABB Corporate Research serves the entire company and, consequently, its scientists and engineers closely collaborate with R&D within the businesses. This partnership has provided the foundation for many of our pioneering technologies. ABB Corporate Research anchors and grows the core competencies needed to conduct research and development in power and automation products, solutions and services.
With locations in seven countries, our corporate research centers bring together an international team of highly skilled scientists.

Corporate Research Centers

Research and development activities are conducted at our corporate research centers. With nine locations in seven countries – China, India, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States – we bring together a highly skilled international team of scientists and engineers. 

Research areas

To generate new ideas and advance our existing technologies, research and development is centered around eight key research areas. 

Devise cutting-edge AC and DC interruption technologies for the entire voltage range


Create innovative measurement solutions for electrical and industrial systems; secure competence in electronics for smart and reliable devices


Investigate novel materials for future products as well as identify/deploy cutting-edge manufacturing processes


Analyze, design and track manufacturing advances, use, and maintenance of diverse mechanical systems (robotics to switchgear)


Devise novel products and systems using insights into electromagnetics, dielectrics, heat transfer, acoustics and electrochemistry


Create sustainable, secure and user-friendly software-based automation solutions, using efficient software engineering methods and architectures, as well as communication technologies

Power Electronics

Realize novel power electronics solutions and power semiconductors for diverse applications


Innovate automation, operation, protection and maintenance solutions for industrial and electrical systems including their associated components

Committed to innovation

As part of our commitment to technological prowess and innovation, we collaborate with about 70 universities around the world. In line with this commitment, and also to advance the academic fields that are of interest to ABB, we recently announced the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg, the former chairman of the board of directors at ABB. The award encourages world-class research in our main fields of operation: power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure.

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