Invensys & Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC on 17th January, 2014. The Invensys Group is now part of the Schneider Electric group of companies. This change does not affect the terms or commitments of this proposal in any way and Schneider Electric will continue to support and invest in Invensys products and solutions. Combining the strengths of Schneider Electric and Invensys will offer greater value to your business. Through this integration, we are building a global, innovative, technology company with a strong position in integrated industrial automation, software and energy management. Our ability to offer more comprehensive solutions – along with our global execution capabilities will enable Schneider Electric to help you increase business performance and improve operational efficiency.

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.

The history of Schneider Electric

The iron and steel industry, heavy machinery, and ship building in the 19th century. Electricity and automation management in the 20th century. In 170 years of existence, Schneider Electric has risen to numerous challenges and made major strategic choices to become a leader.

19th century

  • 1836: The Schneider brothers took over the Creusot foundries (71), which were in difficulty. Two years later, they created Schneider & Cie.
  • 1891: Having become an armaments specialist, Schneider innovated by launching itself into the emerging electricity market.

First half of the 20th century

  • 1919: Installation of Schneider in Germany and Eastern Europe via the European Industrial and Financial Union (EIFU).
  • In the years that followed, Schneider associated with Westinghouse, a major international electrical group. The Group enlarged its activity to manufacturing electrical motors, electrical equipment for power stations and electric locomotives.

  • Post war: Schneider gradually abandoned armaments and turned to construction, iron and steel works and electricity. The company was completely reorganised in order to diversify and open up to new markets.

Late 20th century

  • 1981-1997: Schneider Electric continued to focus on the electrical industry by separating from its non-strategic activities. This policy was given concrete form through strategic acquisitions: Telemecanique in 1988, Square D in 1991 and Merlin Gerin in 1992 became part of the Schneider Electric Group.
  • 1999: Development of Ultra Terminal with the acquisition of Lexel, European N°2 in electrical distribution. In May 1999 the Group was renamed Schneider Electric, to more clearly emphasise its expertise in the electrical field. The Group engaged in a strategy of accelerated growth and competitiveness.
  • 2000-2009: Period of organic growth, positioning itself in new market segments: UPS (uninterruptible power supply), movement control, building automation and security through acquisitions of APC, Clipsal, TAC, Pelco, Xantrex, and more.