Schneider Electric China enters into a new partnership in the Medium Voltage Vacuum Circuit Breaker field
Beijing, China, February 15, 2006 - Schneider Electric’s (Euronext: SCHN) main Chinese subsidiary, Schneider Electric China Investment Ltd. and Shaanxi Baoguang Group have signed today an agreement for the formation of a new Joint Venture dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of Medium Voltage Vacuum Circuit Breakers.
This new Joint-Venture, will be named Schneider (Shaanxi) Baoguang Electrical Apparatus Co. Ltd. (SSBEA) and will be incorporated in the city of Baoji (Shaanxi Province) as soon as the customary conditions precedent and regulatory approvals are satisfied. Schneider Electric will own a 70% interest in the company while Shaanxi Baoguang Group will hold the remaining 30%.
Russell Stocker, Executive Vice President, Schneider Electric Asia Pacific Operating Division, commented: “This new partnership is at the crossroad of several aspects of Schneider Electric’s strategy. It will be a new growth engine in China (the biggest market in the world for Medium Voltage apparatus), while contributing to the widening of Schneider Electric’s Medium Voltage line-up for Building and Energy markets.”
The Joint Venture will focus primarily on the Chinese market by offering a new range of cost-competitive products addressing local market needs, but might also supply other Schneider Electric countries when suitable in order to extend their own market coverage. SSBEA is expected to generate, on a pro-forma basis, annual revenues of around €20m on a full year basis.
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