Société Anonyme des Ateliers de Sécheron

The Société Anonyme des Ateliers de Sécheron (SAAS, in English translated as "Anonymous Society of Sécheron Workshops") was a joint-stock company based in Geneva, Switzerland. It specialized in electrical engineering, including the manufacture of electrical equipment and locomotives.

Société Anonyme des Ateliers de Sécheron
IndustryElectrical engineering
Founded9 July 1918 (1918-07-09)
FounderAlfred de Meuron
Defunct1989 (1989)
FateSplit into four companies
SuccessorABB Sécheron SA
ABB Power Generation
ABB Systèmes de Transport
Sécheron SA
Area served
Europe, South America, Africa
ProductsElectrical equipment

In 1989, the company was split into four successor companies, ABB Sécheron SA, ABB Power Generation (closed in 1995), ABB Systèmes de Transport and Sécheron SA.[1]


In 1879, Alfred de Meuron set up a small workshop in Geneva to manufacture electrical appliances. This workshop ultimately formed the basis for the establishment of SAAS on 9 July 1918.[2]

The following year, 1919, Brown Boveri & Cie (BBC) became SAAS's main shareholder. Five years later, SAAS resumed its independence.[1] The company remained independent until 1969, when competitive pressures forced it to seek new partners.[1] In 1970, BBC took over as sole shareholder.[2] However, the company's name was changed only in 1982, when it became BBC Sécheron SA.[1]

In 1988, BBC finally merged with the Swedish company ASEA to form ASEA Brown Boveri (now ABB Group).[1] The new company chose to split SAAS into four companies,[1] and separate itself from the traction-related manufacturing sector. The decision led to the creation in 1989 of a new independent company, Sécheron SA, which re-entered that sector.[2] Meanwhile, ABB Sécheron SA continued the manufacturing of transformers.

In 1992, ABB Sécheron moved out of its previous factory, and let Sécheron SA occupy the original site alone.

The SBB-CFF-FFS Re 4/4 II (left) and Re 6/6 (right) were SAAS products.


The company manufactured the following products:

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Société anonyme des ateliers de Sécheron" (PDF). Ville de Genève website. Archives de la Ville de Genève. Retrieved 23 December 2011. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Sécheron – History". Sécheron SA website. Secheron SA. 1995–1998. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)

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This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at December 2011.