Schneider Electric and Toshiba to Establish Joint Ventures for General Purpose Inverters|
23 June, 2000
Tokyo-- Schneider Electric and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they will establish international joint ventures for product marketing, development, design, materials procurement and manufacturing of general purpose inverters for industrial-use. Four new companies will be established under the plan, and the first of them are expected to start operations in early 2001.
The new companies will draw their resources from their parents' strengths in developing and manufacturing general purpose inverters, ranging from 0.1 to 630kW models. Three facilities, in Europe, Japan and U.S., will all share in concurrent development, a move that will cut the time taken to develop new products and get them to market. A strong presence in the major markets will enhance competitiveness by supporting global product platforms and global procurement. The new companies will supply products to both Schneider and Toshiba, for sale under their own brands.
The new companies will be joint ventures of Schneider Electric and Toshiba Corporation. It will be composed of a holding company and three regional subsidiaries established in France, Japan and U.S. The holding company and the French regional operating company will be located near Paris, France, and their chairmen will be proposed by Schneider Electric. The Japanese regional operating company will be established by Toshiba and the holding company, and will be located in Toshiba's Mie Operations, in Japan. The U.S. regional operating company will be established by the holding company and located in Houston, Texas. The presidents of both will be proposed by Toshiba. The establishment of the U.S. regional operating company will take effect a year later than that of the other companies and its initial business will be limited to product marketing and development.
Background of Joint Venture Company
The new companies will achieve a synergy of Toshiba's motor and power electronics technology and high quality products, and Schneider Electric's electrical distribution control technology, marketing capability and global sales channels. They will satisfy the market needs in terms of meeting de facto standards, energy saving and variable speed applications, with the goal of becoming the world's leader in inverters.
Toshiba and Schneider Electric have long collaborated in industrial equipment, and established their first joint-venture company, for electromagnetic contractors, in 1991. A joint development company for general purpose inverters for specific product lines followed in 1998, and a joint venture for low voltage distribution equipment in 1999. The companies also collaborate in high voltage power transmission equipment.
Outline of Joint Venture Company
French regional operating company
Japanese regional operating company
U.S. regional operating company
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