History

1853

1853

Gio. Ansaldo e C. is founded in Genoa. At the time, Ansaldo was already a distinguished name in the Genoese industry. Ansaldo STS is today headquartered in one of the historical buildings owned by the Gio. Ansaldo e C.

1880

1880

Ansaldo e C. is established as a company for the manufacture and maintenance of railway equipment. At the end of the century the company started building ships. The company’s factories stretched all along the Genoa bay from Sanpierdarena to Sestri Ponente and it employed more than 10,000 people.

1881

1881

George Westinghouse forms the Union Switch and Signal Company (US&S) by consolidating the Union Electric Signal Company and the Interlocking Switch & Signal Company.

1902

1902

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

1903

1903

US&S develops the first alternating current track circuit and vane relay for train detection on direct current lines.

1904

1904

Ferdinando Maria Perrone buys Ansaldo. In a few years, the company came to own 10 factories, including iron and steel processing, foundries and military equipment and has approximately 17,000 employees in Genoa alone.

1912

1912

CSEE becomes an independent company providing railway equipment for the Paris Metro.

1918

1918

Ansaldo reaches a record 80,000 employees.

1920

1920

CSEE expand its activities to the manufacturing of cables and lamps. The company is rebranded Compagnie de Signaux et d’Entreprises Electriques, CSEE.

1923

1923

US&S introduces the first inductive train control system to manage train movement.

1924

1924

US&S develops the first remote controlled gravity hump yard wheel speed “retarder” to regulate car speed.

1926

1926

US&S invents the first “copper oxide rectifier”, the first device that converts alternating current to direct current.

1934

1934

US&S introduces coded circuits for longer track circuits and the two-way signalling cabins which require no cables.

1935

1935

Due to the impacts of the financial crisis of 1929 and World War 1, Ansaldo e C. is rescued with the support of the Bank of Italy, which fully restructures the company. The critical period ends with the establishment of IRI (Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale – the Italian Institute for Industrial Reconstruction) which takes over the control of Ansaldo balancing the financial position and repositioning the company at a technologically advanced level.

1948

1948

IRI transfers the control of Ansaldo to Finmeccanica.

1949

1949

US&S opens its first office in Canada.

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1966

1966

Finmeccanica fully restructures Ansaldo.

1967

1967

CSEE develops the first geographical relay-interlocking in France.

1969

1969

CSEE incorporates the signalling business unit of ASTER, an operation allowing for full optimization of its signalling operations. CSEE develops track circuits in connection-less mode.

1970

1970

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

1980

1980

Finmeccanica and Ansaldo jointly create Ansaldo Trasporti (ATR). ATR operates as a company/prime contractor in the integrated system sector. It is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in 1986.

1981

1981

CSEE introduces the first High Speed railway line (TAV) in Europe (Paris-Lyon). Its successful TVM High Speed signalling system is thereafter implemented along the entire French High Speed network.

1984

1984

US&S develops the breakthrough technology, MicroLok®, that reduces the need for relays from 400 to 1. It installs the first vital microprocessor-based interlocking on Conrail’s Esplen Interlocking in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1987

1987

US&S develops the first video display designed to show changes in the railway infrastructure network.

1988

1988

Ansaldo Trasporti acquires 100% of the capital of Union Switch & Signal (US&S), now Ansaldo STS USA, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

1989

1989

Ansaldo Trasporti acquires 49% of the share capital of CSEE Transport, formerly known as Compagnie de Signaux pour Chemins de Fer, headquartered in Paris.

1990

1990

Ansaldo Trasporti enters the northern market acquiring the transport division of Standard Radio & Telephon (SRT). The new company is named Ansaldo Trasporti Signal System AB (ATSS).

1993

1993

Ansaldo Trasporti lists US&S on the NASDAQ.

1994

1994

CSEE opens the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and equips all Eurostar trains connecting Paris to London with TVM 430 signalling systems.

1995

1995

Acquisition by US&S of Ventura Projects, a promising Australian signalling company founded in 1981 in Brisbane, Australia. Ansaldo Trasporti directly enters the Asia Pacific market. From 1997, US&S Australia becomes the main regional office of Ansaldo.

1996

1996

Ansaldo Trasporti creates Ansaldo Signal NV, a Dutch company based in Amsterdam. Ansaldo Signal acquires the remaining 51% of CSEE. All activities of Ansaldo, Union Switch & Signal and CSEE are concentrated in Ansaldo Signal and the company is listed on NASDAQ.

1997

1997

The largest Heavy Haul rail project in Australia is successfully developed, completed, supplied and commissioned for Rio Tinto.

2000

2000

Ansaldo Signal is delisted from the NASDAQ.

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2001

2001

Ansaldo Trasporti transfers its Systems Integration unit to Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari, a new company created in 2000. Ansaldo Trasporti is delisted and incorporated into Finmeccanica. Finmeccanica now owns 100% of both Ansaldo Signal and Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari.

2002

2002

Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari delivers the world’s first fully automatic driverless CENELEC approved transit system in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2003

2003

On 11 October the first Chinese passenger line is commissioned.

2004

2004

CSEE develops the first High Speed line in South Korea.It is equipped with TVM, the same system used in France.

2005

2005

US&S introduces the Optimizing Traffic Planner™ designed to maximise capacity and increase railway speed.

2006

2006

Finmeccanica transfers the entire share capital of Ansaldo Signal and Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari to Ansaldo STS. Finmeccanica offers 60% of its capital on an IPO. Ansaldo STS is listed in March on the STAR segment of the Milan Stock Exchange.

2007

2007

Agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto for the construction of a new railway line in Australia The accord with Rio Tinto underscores Ansaldo STS strong positioning in Australia.

2008

2008

Ansaldo STS’ Copenhagen driverless metro wins international “Best Metro” and “Best Metro in Europe” awards.Ansaldo STS has been awarded a contract to automate much 1,300 km iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Is the first time driverless technology has been used in such a large-scale heavy haul railway operation.

2009

2009

Ansaldo STS receives a EUR 220 million order for the Taipei Metro Circular Line project.

2010

2010

Ansaldo STS wins a new EUR 160 million order for Line 6 of the Naples underground. Ansaldo STS Australia has signed a Framework Agreement for the provision of Signalling, Communications, Train Control and Automation Systems

2011

2011

Ansaldo STS signs contracts for the new Copenhagen Metro, Cityringen, and for the Honolulu Driverless Metro.
First major contract to be awarded under the Framework Agreement established by Ansaldo STS Austalia on 25 November 2010. Ansaldo STS is to deliver a program of works over five years, to support Rio Tinto’s major expansion and operational efficiency projects in the Pilbara

2012

2012

Ansaldo STS is to provide the signalling and telecommunications system for heavy rail traffic with satellite positioning, as part of the Roy Hill Iron Ore project. The signalling solution offered by Ansaldo STS is technically significant for the global rail industry as it involves centralised routing and automatic train protection (ATP) with satellite positioning.

2013

2013

Ansaldo STS is responsible for the technological part of the contract of the new metro system in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2014

2014

Ansaldo STS wins a turnkey contract for driverless metro in Lima, Peru. The Metro project in Lima for the L2 & L4 lines includes 35 underground stations, 35 km of tunnels, two depots and 42 vehicles. Additionally, Ansaldo STS wins a High Speed rail contract in Spain worth EUR 47 Million to deploy and maintain ERTMS signalling systems on the high speed line connecting La Robla and Pola de Lena and a contract related to the construction of a new metro system in Navi Mumbai, India, for an equivalent value of about 78 Million Euro.

2014

2015

The Boards of Directors of Hitachi, Ltd. and Finmeccanica S.p.A. have announced that they have signed binding agreements for the purchase and sale of the entire interest owned by Finmeccanica in Ansaldo STS S.p.A., equal to approximately 40% of the share capital. In occasion of the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting on November 2nd, Hitachi Rail Italy Investment completes the acquisition of the 40% of the share capital of Ansaldo STS.

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