Merlin Gerin, now Schneider Electric, is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of high, medium and low voltage products for the distribution, protection, control and management of electrical systems. Its quality products, solutions and services are focused on the needs of both the commercial and industrial sectors.
The brand's product offer comprises of a variety of products including; circuit breakers, transformers and apparatus for safely measuring, controlling and distributing electricity. The products within the brand offer modular and autonomous components (products and equipment) organised as systems to provide the means to manufacture optimised, safe, upgradeable and standard electrical installations. This approach is strengthened by excellent technical support to ensure our customers receive the best possible performance and service.
Founded in 1920, Merlin Gerin immediately won international fame through its revolutionary high-voltage circuit breaker. Its high and low-voltage innovations have continuously improved safety and comfort in the field of electrical distribution. 1920: Founding of Merlin Gerin by Paul-Louis Merlin and Gaston Gerin. In 1992, the date of its acquisition by Schneider Electric, Merlin Gerin saw its workforce grow from 38 people to 34,000!
At the time, the brand, originally regional, generated 58% of its sales abroad. The history of this growth is explained by major innovations marketed by Merlin Gerin. These innovations widened its field of activities, focusing on simple, coherent and evolving product ranges. For example, the Multi9 range of modular electrical equipment or the moulded casing compact circuit breaker. The brand’s growth is also explained by its rapid constitution, from the 1950s onwards, of an international subsidiary and distribution network.
In 2009, Merlin Gerin products, services, and solutions migrated to the Schneider Electric brand as its Electrical Distribution offer.
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Merlin Gerin is an important part of our history and is a legacy trademark of Schneider Electric SE that remains etched in some of our devices.