| electrical engineering|
January 1, 1988
| Ludwig Fredholm|
Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget (English translation: General Swedish Electric Company; Swedish abbreviation: ASEA) was a Swedish industry company. In 1988 it merged with the Swiss company Brown, Boveri & Cie (BBC) to form ABB Group. ASEA still exists, but only as a holding company owning 50% of the ABB Group.
ASEA was founded 1883 by Ludvig Fredholm in Västerås as manufacturer of electrical light and generators. By a merging with Wenström's & Granström's Electrical Power Company (Wenströms & Granströms Elektriska Kraftbolag) the name was changed to Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget, literally the "General Swedish Electrical Limited Company", or a ASEA for short.1889 - the partner Jonas Wenström creates 3-phased generators, motors and transformers.
1933 - The company removes the swastika from the logotype, due to the symbol's association with Nazi Germany.
1953 - ASEA creates the first industrial diamonds.
1954 - HVDC Gotland project, first static high-voltage DC system
1960s - ASEA builds 9 of 12 nuclear plants in Sweden.
1974 - Industrial robots are introduced by ASEA
1987 - Acquires Finnish Oy Strömberg Ab
1988 - Merges with BBC Brown Boveri, Asea Cylinda laundry appliances branch brought by Finnish furniture maker Asko, renamed to Asko ASEA.
1883-1891 - Ludvig Fredholm
1891-1903 - Göran Wenström
1903-1933 - Sigfrid Edström
1934-1942 - Arthur Lindén
1942-1949 - Thorsten Ericson
1949-1961 - Åke Vrethem
1961-1976 - Curt Nicolin
1976-1980 - Torsten L. Lindström
1980-1987 - Percy Barnevik
1891 - Ludvig Fredholm
1892-1909 - Oscar Fredrik Wijkman
1910-1914 - Oscar Wallenberg
1914-1933 - Sten Ankarcrona
1934-1949 - Sigfrid Edström
1949-1956 - Thorsten Ericson
1956-1976 - Marcus Wallenberg
1976- Curt Nicolin