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Schneider Electric
Societas Europaea
Traded as EuronextSU
Industry Energy management and automation
Founded 1836; 180 years ago (1836)
(incorporated 1981)
Founder Eugène Schneider
Headquarters Rueil-Malmaison, France
Area served
Key people
Jean-Pascal Tricoire
(Chairman and CEO)
Léo Apotheker
(Vice-Chairman and Lead Director)[1]:6
Products Include building automation, home automation, switches and sockets, industrial safety systems, industrial control systems, electric power distribution, electrical grid automation, Smart Grid, critical power & cooling for datacenters
  • Increase 26.64 billion (2015)
  • €24.94 billion (2014)[1]:7
  • Decrease€2.23 billion (2015)
  • €2.90 billion (2014)[1]:177
  • Decrease€1.41 billion (2015)
  • €1.94 billion (2014)[1]:8
Total assets
  • Increase€42.58 billion (2015)
  • €41.16 billion (2014)[1]:186
Total equity
  • Increase€20.85 billion (2015)
  • €19.73 billion (2014)[1]:187
Number of employees
160,843 [1]:8 (2015)
Subsidiaries invensys, SolveIT Software, APC, Areva T&D, BEI Technologies, Cimac, Citect, Clipsal, ELAU, Federal Pioneer, Merlin Gerin, Merten, Modicon PLC, Nu-Lec Industries, PDL Group, Power Measurement, Square D, TAC, Telemecanique, Telvent, Gutor Electronic LLC, Zicom, Summit
Footnotes / references
Annual Report 2015[1]

Schneider Electric SE is a European multinational corporation that specializes in energy management and automation solutions, spanning hardware, software, and services. Native of France, the company is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison and is also based at the World Trade Center of Grenoble with offices throughout the world. A Fortune Global 500 company, Schneider Electric is publicly traded on the Euronext Exchange and is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[2] In FY2015 the company posted revenues of €26.6 billion.[3]

Schneider Electric's products are used everywhere energy is generated, distributed and consumed, from the home to the office, from the city to the grid, and from the manufacturing plant to the cloud. The company employs the phrase "Life Is On" to express and reflect its focus on making products that power—and by extension, empower—the world, enriching people's lives.

From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, the company's technology, software, and services improve the way consumers use energy in their daily lives and how businesses manage and automate their operations, reducing costs and environmental impact.

The parent company of Square D, Pelco, APC and many others, Schneider Electric invests 5% of its annual revenues in R&D to drive "Innovation At Every Level," ensuring Life Is On for everyone while advancing the company's innovation and competitive differentiation, with a strong commitment to sustainable development.

As of 2016, the company has 20,000 patents either active or in application worldwide. Its 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them manage their energy and processes in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Head office[edit]

Schneider Electric head office in Rueil-Malmaison, France

Schneider Electric has had its head office in the Trianon site in Rueil-Malmaison, France since 2000.[4][5] The current headquarters, also located in Rueil Malmaison and known as the Hive, previously housed Schneider subsidiary Télémécanique, while the parent company occupied a site in Boulogne-Billancourt.[5]


The roots of this company are in the iron, steel, and armaments factories of Schneider-Creusot[6] and other industrial concerns.[7] In 2014 Schneider Electric advertised a cooperation with German power supplier RWE.[8] From its 19th century beginnings in steel through its 20th and 21st century moves in electricity and energy management, Schneider Electric has grown into a global leader in energy management and automation through ongoing innovation and acquisition.

1836-1980: A Family Business Becomes a Major Player

1836: Brothers Adolphe and Joseph-Eugene Schneider take over an abandoned foundry in Le Creusot, France and, two years later, create Schneider & Cie, focusing primarily on the steel industry. Schneider & Cie grows rapidly, specializing in the production of heavy machinery and transportation equipment, and eventually becomes the Schneider Group, a diversified conglomerate.

1975: The Schneider Group acquires an interest in Merlin Gerin, one of the top manufacturers of electrical distribution equipment in France.

1981-2001: The Schneider Group Re-focuses on the Electricity Sector

1981-1997: Schneider Group re-focuses on the electrical industry by divesting its nonstrategic assets and undertakes a series of strategic acquisitions: Télémécanique in 1988, Square D in 1991 and Merlin Gerin in 1992.

1999: Schneider Group acquires Lexel, one of Europe's largest suppliers of installation systems and control solutions. In May 1999, the Schneider Group is renamed Schneider Electric to clearly identify its expertise in, and focus on, the electrical field.

Since 2002: A Strategic Transformation

At the turn of the 2000s, Schneider Electric adopts a three-pronged strategy to drive growth, diversify risk and promote longevity:

  • Ensure a more balanced exposure to its strategic end markets;
  • Enhance its legacy portfolio (electricity distribution, automation, and industrial control) with adjacent and synergistic businesses; and
  • Anticipate the future energy requirements of companies and individuals.

This strategy led Schneider Electric to conduct a number of strategic acquisitions both in mature countries and in new economies, targeting companies offering complementary products and solutions.


Acquisition date Company Business Country Source
1988 Télémécanique Manufacturer of electrical circuit breakers, switchgear and sensors France [9]
1990 Federal Pioneer Limited Manufacturer of electrical circuit breakers, switchgear and transformers Canada [10][11]
1991 Square D Manufacturer of electrical circuit breakers, switchgear and transformers USA [12]
1992 Merlin Gérin Manufacturer of electrical circuit breakers and transformers France [12]
2000 Crouzet Automatismes Automation components France [13]
2000 Berger - Positec Stepper / servo motors Germany [13]
2000 Nu-Lec Industries Switchgear and controls Australia [14]
2001 PDL Domestic and industrial electrical hardware New Zealand [15][16]
2002 Digital Electronics Corporation HMI Japan [17]
2003 CDI Power Power systems automation Brazil [18]
June 2003 TAC Building automation and control Sweden [19]
December 2003 MGE UPS Systems (merged with APC in 2007) Power supplier USA [20]
2004 Clipsal Wiring Australia [21]
March 2004 Kavlico Pressure sensors USA [22]
May 2004 Andover Controls Building automation and security USA [23]
May 2005 Power Measurement Energy Management Canada [24]
June 2005 ABS EMEA Building automation UK [25]
June 2005 Juno Lighting Lighting USA [26]
July 2005 BEI Technologies Customized sensors USA [27]
2006 AEM S.A. Ultra terminal Spain [28]
2006 OVA Bargellini Ultra terminal Italy [28]
2006 Merten Ultra terminal Germany [28]
2006 Citect SCADA and MES automation software Australia [29]
February 2007 APC Power backup and protection and electrical distribution USA [30]
October 2007 Pelco Video security USA [31]
July 2009 Conzerv Systems Power monitoring India [32]
July 2009 Meher Capacitors Power factor correction India [33]
March 2010 Zicom Security Systems Security systems India [34]
April 2010 SCADAgroup SCADA and control systems Australia [35]
December 2010 Areva T&D Transmission & distribution Europe [36]
2010 Andromeda Telematics Integrated control solutions UK [37]
March 2011 Summit Energy Energy management USA [38]
April 2011 Digilink Network connectivity products India [39]
May 2011 APW President Systems Enclosure systems India [40]
May 2011 Luminous Power inverters India [41]
June 2011 Telvent Real-time information management systems Spain [42]
June 2011 Viconics Electronics BMS products Canada [43]
August 2011 7-Technologies Software for simulation and optimization of water/electricity networks and industrial processes Denmark [44]
December 2011 Viridity Data center management software USA [45]
May 2012 M&C Energy Group Energy procurement and sustainability services UK [46]
September 2012 SolveIT Software Planning and scheduling software Australia [47]
January 2014 Invensys Multinational engineering and information technology company UK [48]
January 2014 AST Modular Prefabricated Modular Data Centers company Spain [49]
September 2014 InStep Software Real-time performance management and predictive analytics software USA [50]
October 2015 Juno Lighting Sells Juno USA [51]

Energy Demand[edit]

Schneider Electric has built its business to enable energy users to address three global megatrends driving energy demand:

  1. Urbanization: 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050.
  2. Digitization: 50 billion internet-connected devices are expected to be in operation by 2020.
  3. Industrialization: Industrial growth is expected to increase energy demand by 50% by 2050.

Each of these trends is converging to make meeting the world's energy demands more challenging and urgent. In the next 40 years, energy consumption is expected to increase by 50%. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions must be cut in half in order to keep the global temperature from rising under 2 °C, as mandated by COP21. This is the energy dilemma that the world needs to solve.

To meet these challenges, it's widely recognized that society as a whole must decrease carbon intensity and improve energy efficiency by a factor of 3. The company states: "Schneider Electric believes that we can co-create the future in a world that is becoming more electric, more digitized, more decarbonized and more decentralized, helping the world to meet these challenges. Schneider Electric makes energy safe, efficient, reliable, connected and sustainable, ensuring energy is on, therefore ‘Life is On’ for everyone."

In addition to enabling the world to meet growing energy demand more sustainably, particularly through the use of renewable power and energy efficiency solutions, Schneider Electric recognizes the responsibility to meet the global energy challenge more inclusively as well. This means extending energy opportunity to the more than 2 billion people on the planet either living without access to energy or to whom it is too expensive to use or for whom it is not provided reliably. Schneider Electric sees access to energy as fundamental human right and commits significant resources each year to bring power to underserved communities around the world.

Innovation At Every Level[edit]

Schneider Electric has a rich legacy of innovating safe, reliable and connected solutions that support operational efficiency and distributed energy generation. For over 100 years, the company has innovated in power distribution. Today, Schneider Electric is in the process of redefining power distribution with a new portfolio of smart, connected products. The company is harnessing the power and possibilities of the IoT revolution, "from the shop floor to the top floor," and innovating at every level of the enterprise:

  • Connected Products: Schneider Electric innovates at the core. The company integrates smart, connected technology into all its devices—drives, UPS, energy storage, circuit breakers, LV panels, MV switchgear, and remote terminal units—so they are capable of digitally transmitting data.
  • Edge Control: Schneider Electric overlays connected products with a level of powerful technology—hardware and software—to make critical real-time automation and control decisions at the local, operational level. This enables control and automation at the edge of the Internet of Things network for mission-critical applications that need real-time and local control.
  • Apps, Analytics & Services: Schneider Electric's enterprise-level software, applications and analytics take all the data aggregated from the lower levels described above and turn it into operational intelligence, either on-premise or in the cloud. Deeper analyses enable longer-term business decision-making, identify efficiency opportunities, and augment lifecycle services: building analytics to prevent downtime and optimize energy spend, remote troubleshooting and benchmarking in datacenters, and improving reliability and zero event operations in industries.

Schneider Electric solutions provide cyber-secure cloud connectivity, so that information is available to the right people, wherever they need it, whenever they need it, 24x7. At the same time, the company caters to on-premise solutions for mission-critical and data-sensitive scenarios. See, e.g., the Frost & Sullivan report on Schneider Electric's multi-layered "defense in depth" cybersecurity approach, Cybersecurity for Industrial Automation & Control Environments.


Building on its accomplishments in energy management and automation within these industries and leveraging its expertise in "connected" devices, Schneider Electric is a leader in the emerging area of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) and Industrial Internet. Through IoT-enabled solutions and services, Schneider Electric is turning operational data gathered from heretofore "dumb" machines and devices—from lights and thermostats to mechanical drives and controls—into information that can improve safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability for a variety of users.

EcoStruxure™ architecture is the company's active energy management solution. This architecture is designed to enable customers to better control, supervise, and manage total enterprise performance.

Many of the company's gains and advances in efficiencies are driven by the convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). Schneider Electric brings together energy, automation, and software and analytics to make the energy and automation value chain more intelligent, more predictable, more efficient, more reliable, and safer.

These emerging IoT-based capabilities are also driving improvements across an array of strategic initiatives, including the smart home, smart city, smart manufacturing and smart grid, in which Schneider Electric is active.


Business organization and markets[edit]

To drive efficiency and sustainability for its customers, Schneider Electric structures its business into four areas:

  • Buildings & Partner: #1 worldwide in low voltage and building automation
  • Industry: #1 worldwide in process safety systems
  • Infrastructure: #1 worldwide in medium voltage and grid automation
  • IT: #1 worldwide in critical power and cooling

Answering the world's energy and automation needs, Schneider Electric primarily targets the following four energy-intensive end markets:

  • Building (45%)
  • Industry (21%)
  • Infrastructure (20%)
  • Datacenter & Networks (14%)

Within these core markets, the company has established a deep presence and expertise in the following industries:

  • Buildings: Over 1 million building use Schneider Electric technology, including approximately 40% of all hospitals and 3 of the top 5 hotel chains.
  • Oil and Gas: 20 of the top oil and gas companies in the world use Schneider Electric technology.
  • Mining: 9 of the 10 largest mining, metals and minerals companies work with Schneider Electric.
  • Food & Beverage: 11 of the top brands in Food & Beverage are Schneider Electric customers.
  • Machine Builders: 8 of the top 10 packaging machine builders are Schneider Electric customers.
  • Water & Wastewater: Over 100 water and wastewater plants run on Schneider Electric technology.
  • Electric Utilities: 10 of the world's top electric utilities rely on Schneider Electric.
  • Datacenters: 3 of the top 4 hyper-scale cloud providers run on Schneider Electric solutions.

Environmental performance[edit]

Since 2005, the company has authored an annual Planet & Society Barometer, whereby it publicly reports its sustainability metrics in a methodical and transparent way. This scorecard highlights three-year commitments to specific objectives that advance planet, profit, and people.

The company incorporates six pillars into its philosophy and strategic approach to sustainability and environmental responsibility:

  • Deploying low-CO2 and resources strategies
  • Building an increasingly green supply chain
  • Leveraging waste as worth
  • Promoting green attributes and value-adds
  • Implementing a circular economy
  • Strengthening its environmental governance

Corporate responsibility[edit]

Schneider Electric leads by example. The company has won dozens of awards for its corporate citizenship and is routinely lauded for its high ethical standards, commitment to sustainability, and fight for gender equality. For example, Schneider Electric recently won the following awards:

  • Corporate Knights 2016, ranked 12th most sustainable company of the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World"
  • Ethisphere's 2016 "One of the World's Most Ethical Companies" for the sixth consecutive year
  • United Nations Women and Global Compact 2015 "CEO Leadership Award" as a Champion for Gender Equality
  • Ranked most sustainable company of the CAC 40 for the second consecutive year by Enjeux Les Echos and Institut RSE

Management team[edit]

Schneider Electric SE is led by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, who has been with the company since 1986. His career at Schneider Electric has developed largely outside France in operational functions in Italy, China, South Africa and the USA. Within the General Management, he served as Vice Executive President of the International Operating Division from 2002 before being appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2004. In 2006 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer; and in 2013, he became Chairman and CEO.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire is joined on the executive committee by 16 other members (as of February 16, 2016):

Global functions

  • Emmanuel Babeau, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance & Legal Affairs
  • Prith Banerjee, Executive Vice President, Technology
  • Olivier Blum, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources
  • Annette Clayton, Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain
  • Hervé Coureil, Executive Vice President, Information Systems
  • Daniel Doimo, Executive Vice President, Global Solutions
  • Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Executive Vice President, Strategy
  • Chris Leong, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing


  • Leonid Mukhamedov, Executive Vice President, Europe Operations
  • Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President, France Operations
  • Laurent Vernerey, Executive Vice President, North America Operations
  • ZHU Hai, Executive Vice President, China Operations


  • Frédéric Abbal, Executive Vice President, Infrastructure
  • Clemens Blum, Executive Vice President, Industry
  • Phillippe Delorme, Executive Vice President, Buildings & Partner
  • Hal Grant, Executive Vice President, IT

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