• 1853

    Gio. Ansaldo e C. is founded in Genoa

    In that period the Ansaldo is already a name of excellence in the Genoese industry.

  • 1880

    Ansaldo e C. was born as an industry for the construction and maintenance of rail equipment and at the end of the century the company starts to build boats with a production that stretched from the port of Genoa to the west of the city and employed more than 10,000 workers.

  • 1881

    George Westinghouse creates the Union Switch and Signal Company (US&S) joining together the Union Electric Signal Company and the Interlocking Switch & Signal Company.

  • 1902

    Fernand Cumont creates the CSEE, Compagnie des Signaux pour Chemins de Fer, with the financial contribution of the Empain Group.

  • 1903

    US&S develops the first alternating current track circuit with disc relay for detection of trains on lines with continuous current electric traction.

  • 1904

    Ferdinand Maria Perrone buys Ansaldo, which in a few years reaches 10 production sites, employing the record number of 80,000 workers in 1918.

  • 1912

    CSEE becomes an independent company focusing its activities on the provision of railway equipment for the Paris Metro.

  • 1918

    Ansaldo reaches a record 80,000 employees.

  • 1920

    CSEE expands its activities in the sector of cables and lights manufacturing.

    The brand is replaced by the Compagnie de Signaux et d'Entreprises Electriques, CSEE.

  • 1923

    US&S introduces the first inductive control system for trains capable of managing the movement of the railway vehicles.

  • 1924

    US&S develops the first remote-controlled wheel braking system, for gravity and hump marshalling yards, to regulate the carriage speed.

  • 1926

    US&S invents the first “oxidized copper regenerator ", the first device that converts alternating current into continuous current.

  • 1934

    US&S introduces codified circuits for long-range circuits and the bidirectional signalling cabins without the use of cables.

  • 1935

    The damage caused by the World War and the financial crisis of 1929 require the intervention of the Bank of Italy.

    The period of crisis ends with the creation of the IRI (Institute for Industrial Reconstruction) which takes control and in 1948 sells it to Finmeccanica.

  • 1949

    US&S opens its offices in Canada as well.

  • 1966

    Finmeccanica completely restructures Ansaldo.

  • 1967

    CSEE develops the first geographic relay-interlocking in France.

  • 1969

    CSEE incorporates the signalling sector of ASTER, an operation which allows the full optimization of activities in the field of signalling. CSEE develops track circuits without connection.

  • 1970

    US&S builds the first digital classification yard control system in Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kansas.

  • 1980

    Finmeccanica and Ansaldo create Ansaldo Trasporti (ATR), a company / prime contractor in integrated systems that will be listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in 1986, which in 1988 acquires 100% of the capital of Union Switch & Signal (US&S), today Ansaldo STS USA, a leading company in signalling systems.

  • 1989

    Ansaldo Trasporti acquires 49% of CSEE Transport, formerly known as Compagnie de Signaux pour Chemins de Fer, with headquarters in Paris.

  • 1990

    It enters the Northern European market by acquiring the transport division of Standard Radio & Telephon (SRT). The new company is called Ansaldo Trasporti Signal System AB (ATSS). In 1993, Ansaldo Trasporti lists US&S on the NASDAQ stock market.  Through US&S it firstly enters the Australian market then the Pacific Asia market.

  • 1996

    Ansaldo Trasporti creates Ansaldo Signal NV, later listed on the NASDAQ stock market, in which all signalling activities , and in particular those of Union Switch & Signal and those of CSEE (of which it acquires the remaining 51%), are concentrated.

    In 1997 US&S Australia becomes the regional headquarters.

  • 2001

    Ansaldo Trasporti transfers the Systems unit to Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari, a new company created in 2000: Ansaldo Trasporti exits from the Stock Exchange and is integrated into Finmeccanica.

  • 2006

    A corporate vehicle is created- Ansaldo STS - that takes over the entire shareholding of Ansaldo Signal and Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari from Finmeccanica. From 29 March 2006 Ansaldo STS is listed on the STAR segment of the Milan Stock Exchange.

  • 2007

    Ansaldo STS develops the first Vital Positive Train Control TM system for the Alaska rail system.

  • 2008

    Supply, delivery and commissioning of the first ERTMS line in India.

  • 2009

    The new catenary-free power system for Tram lines, called Tramwave®, is presented for the first time at the UITP summit

  • 2010

    A contract is won in Copenhagen for the production of the Cityringen.

  • 2011

    Ansaldo STS debuts in Hawaii by signing a contract worth a total of 1,344 million dollars for carrying out the technological part and providing the vehicles of the new driverless metro line of the city of Honolulu.

  • 2012

    In Australia, the signalling solution of proposed by Ansaldo STS represents a technological innovation of global significance: it is in fact centralized sorting and automatic train protection (ATP) with the detection of the position via satellite.

  • 2013

    Ansaldo STS wins the contract to carry out the technological part on the longest line, over 40 km, of the new metro lines in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In the field of innovation, the year saw the materialisation of the results of research with the first contract for the implementation of the catenary-free solution for powering e trams, called Tramwave®.

  • 2014

    A great year for the objectives reached and exceeded over the course of the year within the sector due to orders such as:  Metro Lima, Milan Line 4, the LTR Aarhus system and the variant to the Copenhagen City Ring in Denmark, Navi Mumbai Metro and Rio Tinto (various contracts).

  • 2015

    On 24 February 2015 Hitachi Ltd. and Finmeccanica S.p.A. announced that they had signed binding agreements for the purchase of the entire stake held by Finmeccanica in the share capital of Ansaldo STS S.p.A. by Hitachi, equal to approximately 40% of the share capital of the same and of the current business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. with the exclusion of certain activities of revamping and certain residual contracts. From 2 November Hitachi is the new majority shareholder with 40% of the share capital.

  • 2016

    On the 4th of January 2016 Hitachi Rail Italy Investments S.r.l. launched a public takeover bid for the remaining 60 % of the shares of Ansaldo STS.
    To date, the stake held by Hitachi Rail Italy Investments S.r.l. in the Ansaldo STS S.p.A. is equal to 50,772% of share capital.

  • 2017

    50 years have passed since the birth of Railway Signalling in Italy.

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