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Schneider expands two UK plants to meet renewables demand

05 February, 2020

Schneider Electric has announced plans for a multi-million pound upgrade and expansion of its Leeds and Scarborough manufacturing facilities in the UK in response to the growing demand in renewable and green technologies. It is also planning to create an innovation hub in Leeds, showcasing its sustainable energy management technologies.

The Leeds and Scarborough sites currently specialise in the production of high-voltage, medium-voltage and low-voltage switchgear. The new investment will enable the facilities to produce Schneider’s WI switchgear, which is used to transmit electricity from offshore windfarms to the grid. The factories will also start to produce technologies for use on board turbines.

The Leeds plant will expand its production by 10%, creating new jobs and adding a new test cell and assembly line. Scarborough will add a 1,000m2 extension as well as a painting line for LV outdoor equipment.

Schneider is also planning to build a new innovation hub in Leeds, which will combine creative, production and manufacturing facilities under one roof. The hub will include a digital customer experience zone, a product innovation zone and an EcoStruxure control centre, focusing on sustainable energy management technologies.

Hughes: there has never been a better time to invest in renewables technology production

“We believe there is huge potential to enhance the skills, capabilities and production facilities in our Leeds and Scarborough sites to support the UK’s transition to renewable energy with high-quality products and technology manufactured here in the UK,” says Mike Hughes, zone president for Schneider Electric UK & Ireland. “Whilst the UK economy may be showing signs of slowing down, we believe there has never been a better time to invest in renewables technology production.”

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