Rockwell Automation has announced an agreement to purchase the assets of the medium voltage drives business of Harbin Jiuzhou Electric Company. The acquisition strengthens Rockwell Automation’s presence in the Asia-Pacific motor control market by adding significant capabilities in design, engineering and manufacturing of medium voltage drive products. It also provides access to grid-tie inverter technology.
“Jiuzhou’s medium voltage drives business accelerates our emerging markets strategy,” says Mike Laszkiewicz, vice president Rockwell Automation Power Control Business. “It will enhance our position in the critical Asia-Pacific region by strengthening capabilities in the mid and higher-power rated product lines.”
“This acquisition demonstrates an evolution and commitment to growing the long-term customer relationships we established as a contract manufacturer for Rockwell Automation,” says Dr Li Yin, chairman of Jiuzhou. “Our customers will benefit from Rockwell Automation’s advanced manufacturing, research and development capabilities, and global distribution. Our employees will now join a successful, global leader in technology that offers a competitive and comprehensive product and service portfolio in the automation industry. We are pleased to culminate our successful business relationship with Rockwell Automation.”
“As China expands the consumer side of its economy, investment will continue to grow, requiring energy-saving measures in factories and integrated power applications across many industries,” says Bob Ruff, president Rockwell Automation Asia-Pacific. “Subsequently, the market opportunities for power control in OEM, process, and heavy industry markets in Asia are expected to provide significant growth potential for this acquisition. Medium voltage drives are integral to many large automation projects. These drives help to maximise asset availability and manage energy consumption.”
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