ABB unveils MB3000 FTIR spectrometer |

ABB unveils MB3000 FTIR spectrometer

June 22, 2007, Québec, Canada - ABB unveiled its new MB3000 spectrometer. The development of this analyzer was supported in part by the Canadian Space Agency; it is the result of a collective investment of more than $4.7 MUSD over three years.

The MB3000, a Fourier Transformed Infrared analysis system, represents a major technological breakthrough into the market of low-cost, high-performance equipment. The Interferometer, the heart of the instrument, combines 20-year proven technology with one recently developed for aerospace application, from the Canadian Space Agency's technology development program. This interferometer, which is a miniaturized module used in satellites, has been integrated into the new design of the analyzer. The MB3000's small footprint requires very little work space, meeting the needs of today's overcrowded laboratories. It will be used in laboratories as well as in industrial processes to analyze multiple chemical components in the final quality control of several common products used daily.

In response to increasing customer demand, ABB developed the rugged, highly reliable instrument, which combines exceptional performance with ease of use.

"The MB3000 offers exciting new opportunities to develop new products and applications that meet the needs of our customers," stated Jean-René Roy, ABB Analytical's Business Unit General Manager. "More than ever, ABB is equipped to better serve the analytical chemistry market, including research centers, universities and industries. The MB3000 is a versatile analyzer that enables different accessories to be used for diversified applications."

With over 30 years of scientific and technological innovations, ABB is considered a leader in high technology in the Quebec City region. ABB's 200 local employees have significantly contributed to the creation of new solutions in the analytical field and to the economic growth of the region.

"POLE Quebec is delighted to receive this extremely positive news for the Quebec region," said Antonio Lara of POLE Quebec - Chaudières-Appalaches Region. "In addition to contributing to the growth of ABB, this new product will help Quebec reinforce its position as a leader in the optics-photonic sector and contribute to the visibility of our industry throughout the world." The ABB Analytical Business unit was the first high technology company to move to the revitalized St-Roch quarter in Quebec City.

PÔLE, the economic development agency, catalyze economic development efforts in targeted business sectors so that the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches Economic ZONE may achieve world-class status through increased competitiveness and thereby enrich collective wealth.

ABB's FT-IR/NIR Analytical Business Unit, located in Quebec City, designs, manufactures and markets high-performance FT Mid-IR/Near-IR analytical system solutions and spectrometers for Petroleum, Chemical, Life Science, and Remote Sensing/Aerospace markets. The company also markets analyzers for hydrogen and inclusion measurement in liquid aluminum.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 109,000 people.