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    Beginnings

    19th century

    The Schneider brothers invest in the Creusot foundries and become major players in the steel and machinery industries. Schneider & Cie soon enters the emerging electricity market.
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    Reconstruction

    Early 20th century

    After two world wars, our company emerges as a diversified business that quickly expands into new markets, including construction and electricity.
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    Evolution

    Late 20th century

    The Schneider Group grows through strategic acquisitions and focuses on the electricity industry, energy management and innovative technologies.
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    Today

    21st century

    With a unique portfolio of connected technologies: connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services, we are the global specialist in energy management and automation.
Our company was born during the first Industrial Revolution. Nearly 180 years later, and through enduring dedication, expertise and the combined strength of acquired businesses, we continue to deliver innovation at every level.
 

Milestone dates

Milestone dates

1836

The Schneider brothers acquire mines and forges at Le Creusot, France. Two years later they create Schneider & Cie.

1891

Specialising in armaments, the company enters the emerging electricity market.

1919

The company expands into Germany and Eastern Europe via the European Industrial and Financial Union (EIFU).

1949

In-depth restructuring takes place after World War II, led by Charles Schneider.

1975

The Schneider Group acquires an interest in Merlin Gerin, one of the leaders in electrical distribution equipment.

1981-1997

The company withdraws from the steel and shipbuilding industries to focus mainly on electricity through strategic acquisitions.

1999

The Group develops Installation, Systems and Control with the acquisition of Lexel and adopts its current name.

2000-2009

Period of organic growth and acquisitions in new market segments: UPS, movement control, building automation and security.

2010-present

Schneider Electric further reinforces its position in software, critical power and smart grid applications.

Today and tomorrow

We develop innovative, connected technologies and solutions for safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability.

Innovation

See how we innovate at every level for customer value.
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