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Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget
Industry Electrical engineering
Founded 1883 (1883), disestablished 1 January 1988
Headquarters Västerås, Sweden

Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget (English translation: General Swedish Electric Company;[1] Swedish abbreviation: ASEA) was a Swedish industrial 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 logo used from the late nineteenth century until 1933

ASEA was founded 1883 by Ludvig Fredholm in Västerås as manufacturer of electrical light and generators. After 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 its logo, 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 nine 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 Asko ASEA.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Jan Glete, Asea under hundra år: 1883-1983: en studie i ett storföretags organisatoriska, tekniska och ekonomiska utveckling. (Västerås, 1987). (in Swedish)