ABB is one of the world's leading engineering companies. It provides customers around the world with innovative power and automation technologies, and helps create reliable electricity supplies that can be used in productive, sustainable ways. ABB's technology competence, application know-how and global presence provide customers with high-quality electrical engineering and industry automation solutions. Innovation and quality are key characteristics of ABB's product and service offerings, which include many breakthroughs: the world's first three-phase power transmission system; the first self-cooling transformer; the first high-speed locomotive with a direct drive system; and the world's first ultrahigh-voltage transmission links. ABB prides itself on building long-lasting, value-creating partnerships with customers, suppliers, business partners, employees and the communities in which it operates. ABB's corporate behaviour is guided by its business principles – responsibility, respect and determination – encouraging a fair, open and competitive spirit embedded in a truly global culture.