Page Updated: June 15, 2019

Combustion Engineering

Combustion Engineering (CE) was a an engineering company that focused on fossil fuel, engineering, and nuclear power products. Throughout several decades, CE manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products to various companies.

Subsequently, employees and contractors who worked with and around CE products began to develop asbestos-related illnesses. Soon after, CE faced a serious of asbestos-related lawsuits, which forced the company to file for bankruptcy.

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Combustion Engineering History

Founded in 1912 and established in Manhattan, CE started out as manufacturer of boilers, boiler fuel systems, and dryers. The company continued manufacturing throughout the 1920s, but in the 1930s, CE added other services and began repairing and improving steam engines and power plant assemblies.

CE continued to manufacture boilers during World War II. All the boilers contained excessive amounts of asbestos. The company began to grow afterwords, and added more asbestos-containing products to their manufacturing line, including, but not limited to:

  • Plastic
  • Solvents
  • Cement
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Protective seals

In 1990, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB Group) acquired CE. Part of purchase agreement included ABB taking responsibility for the influx of asbestos-related lawsuits against CE. Although CE had already discontinued using asbestos when ABB bought the company, the legal claims continued to grow, which eventually compelled ABB to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Combustion Engineering Lawsuits

By 2002, CE had 111,000 asbestos-related claims filed after employees and contractor developed deadly illnesses from working around the company’s products. By 2004, ABB settled around 94,000 of the cases. However, ABB was still close to business failure due the large amount of pending asbestos-related lawsuits.

ABB filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which included a reorganization plan and trust fund to compensate both current and future plaintiffs. The company stayed in bankruptcy for three years.

Afterward, the company set up the asbestos trust fund under the reorganization plan. Over $900 million has already been paid out to plaintiffs. When the trust was created, an estimated $1.4 billion was placed in it.

In addition to the asbestos trust fund, ABB also offered company stock and cash as forms of compensation. Around $350 million in company stock and cash payments were made from 200-2009.

Combustion Engineering Asbestos Products

The majority of CE’s products were manufactured and distributed to a multitude of different companies. Since most CE’s products contained asbestos, thousands of people who worked around CE’s materials began to develop serious illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. The following products have been verified of containing asbestos.

  • Boilers
  • Block sticks
  • Ropes
  • Cement
  • Joint material
  • Fibrous adhesive
  • Wool Blocks
  • Kaiser cement and blocks
  • Lite Wate 22
  • Lite Wate 50
  • Permaseal Weathercoating
  • WeatherKote Protective Air-Check, Coating, Duriseal, and Thermal Coat

Legal Information and Resources for Asbestos Victims

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