Sustainability at ABB South Africa


Technology, products and services help build a better future

Sustainability is integral to all aspects of our business. We strive to balance economic, environmental and social objectives and integrate them into our daily business decisions to create value for all our stakeholders.

ABB South Africa, which is 20% owned by women’s empowerment company WIPHOLD (a Black empowerment investment made in 2002), manufactures and supplies power and automation technology products and specialises in electricity infrastructure and industrial automation projects. The company’s local manufacturing facilities at Longmeadow and Alrode, Johannesburg, and local branches in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, employ more than 1,500 people.

Sustainability at ABB encompasses everything that the company does from the energy efficient products it manufactures and its operations where it minimises environmental impact to the economic contribution it makes to society.

ABB contributes to society through its power and automation technologies, energy efficiency products and services, value chain, and initiatives to serve disadvantaged communities through access to energy, skills development and knowledge transfer and workplace skills experience for electrical engineering students and lecturers.

The company creates shared value in the communities where it carries out its business. It engages with sustainability partners including those representing business initiatives for energy efficiency as well as non-profit organisations and tertiary institutions to develop technical skills and promote enterprise in its supply chain.

ABB South Africa’s commitment to resource use includes energy efficiency and reducing water consumption at its head office, manufacturing and logistics centre at Longmeadow, Johannesburg, through solar heating and rainwater harvesting.

The building won an eta award from Eskom and the Department of Energy for it contribution to energy efficiency. It incorporates ABB's energy efficiency products such as a building management system, variable speed drives, high efficiency motors and power factor correction.

Should you have any questions, please contact our sustainability affairs department, based at our energy efficient building in Longmeadow, Johannesburg, on

Sustainability News

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    2014-10-21: Power and automation technology group, ABB, announced that their work to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) system into both a smart consumer and producer of energy has won the prestigious award for “Innovation in Mobility” at the Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference, the largest grid energy storage event.

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  • ABB and Vestas unveil new wind generation initiative at 3GF

    2014-10-20: At the 2014 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen, Denmark, ABB announced an exciting new partnership with Vestas to bring affordable and sustainable electricity to communities that are energy-poor, but rich in untapped wind generation resources.

  • ABB unveils next generation low voltage circuit breaker in Malaysia

    2014-10-17: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 17, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today launched SACE Emax 2, the first low-voltage air circuit breaker with integrated energy management functions. By replacing existing traditional breakers with the SACE Emax 2, a potential annual savings of 5.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) can be achieved and this is equivalent to the electric consumption of 1.4 million EU households per year.

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