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    Pisek plant opened in the Czech Republic

    As announced last April, Schneider’s new plant in Pisek was officially inaugurated on January 14 at a ceremony attended by Didier Pineau-Valencienne. The plant began operating in December, culminating a period that started in 1993 with the acquisition of Elektropristoj Pisek, which held a local monopoly in certain industrial control products.

    Since the company’s markets were too narrow and its products were ill suited to global demand, Schneider decided in early 1996 to build a new plant to be a manufacturing hub in Central Europe. Mr. Pineau-Valencienne noted that «the plant’s role is to supply the world market, since 85 to 90 percent of its output will go to the 130 countries where Schneider does business.».

    The Pisek plant has obtained ISO 9002 certification and intends to be fully integrated in the European industrial community. With a workforce of around 350 and facilities covering 7,000 square meters, the plant offers flexibility, high productivity, improved working conditions and low inventories. Pisek makes industrial control products, mainly under the Telemecanique brand, such as LR2 K overload relays, K1-K2 switches and accessories for the GV2 circuit breaker. Most of the products are intended for the European and Asian markets; only one product range has been retained to serve local demand.

    Schneider in the Czech Republic

    Schneider began operating in the Czech Republic in 1980 through a Telemecanique representation office. In 1991, a sales office was opened in Prague. Schneider Electric AS was formed in 1994 and a separate subsidiary was established in Slovakia in 1997. Schneider currently employs 520 people in the Czech Republic at the Pisek plant, an assembly center, a distribution center, two branch offices and the headquarters in Prague. Sales totaled FF 225 million in 1998, up roughly 50 percent from the previous year.