Held in Orlando from March 24 to 26, ABB Automation & Power World 2009 exceeded event attendance expectations and attracted a record number of participants for any ABB event, totaling more than 3,300 attendees.

ABB also announced the dates and venue for ABB Automation & Power World 2010. The event will be held in Houston from May 18 to 20, 2010.

ABB Automation & Power World 2009 combined ABB’s two North American customer conferences into a single event. The three-day event was a comprehensive users conference and exhibition that showcased ABB’s automation and power offerings and expertise under one roof; it included more than 500 technical workshops and a 72,000-sq-foot exhibit hall.

“We are very pleased that so many of our customers were able to join us for this world-class event, which showcased the collective benefits provided by ABB’s power and automation businesses,” Rick Hepperla, event chairman for ABB Inc., said. “The goal of this conference was to provide our customers with the tools and knowledge to help them to be more efficient, productive, and profitable in today’s challenging economic environment. Many of them told us they were eager to share and apply this knowledge within their own business to address their immediate and long-term business objectives.”

ABB designed its largest customer event for automation, robotics, and industrial- and utility-power users in engineering, operations, mill, plant, general, and executive management in a wide variety of industries. The convergence of key market issues, such as the need to improve energy efficiency in the face of soaring energy costs and the productivity, reliability, and safety gains achieved from process and electrical integration, combined with challenging economic conditions, have increased interest in power and automation. ABB’s scope of supply and resident expertise addresses a spectrum of energy issues, from generation and distribution to use in production and automation.