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From 1836 to today, Schneider Electric has transformed itself into the global specialist in energy management. Starting from its roots in the iron and steel industry, heavy machinery, and ship building, it moved into electricity and automation management. After 170 years of history, Schneider Electric has become today the solution provider that will help you make the most of your energy.

19th century

  • 1836: The Schneider brothers took over the Creusot foundries. 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 reorganized in order to diversify and open up to new markets.
Late 20th century
  • 1981-1997: Schneider Group continued to focus on the electrical industry by separating from its non-strategic activities. This policy was given concrete form through strategic acquisitions by Schneider Group: Telemecanique in 1988, Square D in 1991 and Merlin Gerin in 1992.
  • 1999: Development of Installation, Systems and Control with the acquisition of Lexel, Europe’s number two in electrical distribution. In May 1999 the Group was renamed Schneider Electric, to more clearly emphasize 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.
Helping you make the most of your energy

Have you ever dreamed of improving your bottom line while consuming less energy and without a power outage? Schneider can help you solve this problem with solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green from plant to plug.

: protecting you, your customers, your business
Electrical energy is the core to keeping your business functioning. With their many years of experience in Power & Control, Schneider can help you make energy use safer in order to protect your people, your assets and your business.

: uninterrupted, ultra-pure power at all time
Your business cannot tolerate the slightest fluctuation in current quality – not to mention a highly damaging and costly power outage. Schneider can assist in providing ultra secure power for critical applications.

Efficient: up to 30% energy savings is now available
Are energy costs at the top of your agenda? Let’s turn it into profitability with energy efficiency solutions that deliver significant savings and optimise total cost of ownership.
Productive: simplicity and peace of mind
Schneider can enhance automation and connectivity everywhere by making it simpler for you to run many aspects of your business.

Green: easy connection for renewable energies
Develop energy generation through renewable sources is one of the key factor to contribute for sustainability. Schneider can make energy green by enabling easy connection and installation of renewable energies.