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Schneider Electric förvärvar Uniflair

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 24, 2010 09:26 CET

Rueil-Malmaison (France), November 23, 2010 - Schneider Electric, the global leader in critical power and cooling services, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Uniflair S.p.A., the world number 3 manufacturer of in-room precision cooling systems and modular access floors primarily for data centers and telecommunications applications.

Uniflair S.p.A. is strong in Europe and has a good presence in new economies, in particular China and India. It employs approx. 500 people on a global basis and is expected to generate revenues in excess of €80 million for the current year. It has manufacturing facilities in Italy, India and China.

Uniflair S.p.A. brings to Schneider Electric:

· a complete product portfolio complementary to Schneider Electric’s in-row cooling technologies and its recently announced EcoBreeze, an innovative free air cooling solution for data centers

· a leadership position in Europe for data center cooling

· proven design and engineering capabilities as well as strong “build to order” competencies for mission critical applications which further reinforce Schneider Electric’s ability to deliver energy efficient solutions to data center customers

With this acquisition, Schneider Electric will broaden its product portfolio and be in a position to offer customers a complete range of cooling products and solutions. It will also reinforce its regional capabilities, global research & development and mechanical cooling expertise.

Laurent Vernerey, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business, commented:

"This acquisition is a continuation of our investment and commitment to innovation in IT cooling, while expanding our regional capabilities and strengthening our position worldwide. Uniflair’s global reach and extensive product portfolio is a valuable addition to our IT cooling offer and consistent with our strategy to provide complete solutions.”

Together with Schneider Electric, we will be able to further our global expansion efforts”, said Francesco Bettella, Uniflair S.p.A’s President and Managing Director. “The combination of our complementary product offering helps transform us into a provider of comprehensive data center cooling solutions”.

The closing of the transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2011. This acquisition is expected to be accretive on earnings per share from year 1 and to meet Schneider Electric’s Return on Capital Employed criteria.

Om Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric är en global energispecialist med 100 000 anställda och verksamhet i mer än 100 länder. Företaget har ett starkt fokus på energieffektivisering och erbjuder integrerade lösningar för industriell automation, fastighetsautomation, avbrottsfri kraft, eldistribution och elinstallation. Schneider Electric möjliggör säker, pålitlig och effektiv energiförsörjning för kunder i alla branscher. Schneider Electric är noterat på den franska fondbörsen i Paris och 2009 uppgick försäljningen till drygt 15,8 miljarder Euro. I Sverige sysselsätter koncernen knappt 2 000 personer. I den svenska företagsstrukturen ingår även APC, specialist inom avbrottsfri kraft, och Wibe, marknadsledande inom kabelförläggning. Läs mer på:
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