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Schneider Electric opens new smart factory in Hungary, increases production capacity for Europe

  • 90% of manufactured products will be exported to countries across Europe
  • To meet growing demand for engineering-to-order products driven by the energy transition and digitalization

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced the opening of its smart factory in Dunavecse, Hungary. The site spans 28,000 m2 and will be the workplace of up to 500 employees.

The Dunavecse plant will increase production capacity for engineering-to-order (ETO) solutions made according to customers' specifications across European markets, with 90% of the site’s manufactured products to be exported across Europe. This latest investment in capacity helps meet the increased demand for electrification and digitalization solutions across Europe. This demand is driven by the energy transition as electricity distribution utilities seek solutions that provide greater resilience and flexibility across their networks, and the data center and cloud and service provider segments boom driven by digitization and the upsurge of emerging technologies.

The new plant is Schneider Electric’s 36th smart factory and largest ETO factory in Europe, bringing the total number of ETO factories in Europe to 22. It will serve as Europe’s core factory for Schneider Electric’s latest SF6-free medium voltage switchgear, RM AirSeT. This innovation dramatically increases the sustainability of medium voltage switchgear, a central technology for the decarbonized power systems on which energy transition relies. This technology complies with the strict new F-gas regulations in Europe, affecting all medium voltage switchgear users from grids to infrastructure.

“Europe is accelerating through the energy transition and strengthening its energy independence,” said Yann Reynaud, Senior Vice President, Global Engineering to Order Operations. “Dunavecse is our new flagship factory in Europe for smart medium and low voltage SF6 free technologies to support the increasing demand across the region, bringing even more innovation, sustainability, and digital solutions to customers.”

The factory features several sustainability technologies embedded throughout the plant:

  • Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IOT solutions (Building and Energy Management System) improve energy efficiency with anticipated energy savings of up to 25%
  • Energy needs are met by rooftop solar panels supplemented by renewable sources from the grid
  • Geothermal heat pumps are used for heating and cooling
  • Schneider Electric charging stations for up to 30 electric cars and 25 electric bicycles
  • Rainwater is collected for bathrooms and irrigation
  • Airlocks prevent heat loss at truck-docking stations and the factory entrances

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