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Schneider grows stronger in motion control

Schneider Electric will acquire IMS, a US company that designs and manufactures integrated motor and drive products and generated revenues around $20 million in 2007.

Schneider Electric further strengthens its presence in general motion control by providing a solution for the fast growing integrated motor and drive market. The company will also improve its customer support in the US.

With its R&D and manufacturing capability, IMS will provide a quick and efficient response to US market requirements as part of the Group’s Motion competency centre created in 2005. This acquisition also meets Schneider Electric’s Return on Capital Employed criteria.

Michel Crochon, Executive Vice President of the Automation Business Unit at Schneider Electric, commented: “With this acquisition we will expand our product offering for OEM customers in the US while providing increased technical support in motion applications.”

“Teaming up with Schneider Electric will give us faster access to the global market and allow us to expand and secure our growth internationally,” says David Coutu, CEO and founder of IMS, who will stay on board and lead the future expansion of IMS together with the Schneider Electric Motion team.

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