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5 November, 2008
SUZHOU, CHINA…Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the opening of its expanded global Electrical Research & Development Center in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.
Underscoring the company’s rapid growth, commitment to China and leadership in technology and innovation, Eaton Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alexander M. Cutler was on hand in Suzhou to preside over the opening of the nearly $10 million new facility. The occasion also marks the official transfer of production lines in its current Suzhou plant to the new site, which is 35,000 square meters in total and has the potential for further expansion by 10,000 meters.
“We are excited about participating in the development of China’s power industries and will continue to expand our manufacturing and R&D presence in this important market,” said Cutler.
The R&D Center is one of the three global innovation centers of Eaton’s electrical business, which are located in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its establishment in January 2004, the center has been focusing on the development of innovative technologies as well as applications for new products for both domestic and global customers.
Jerry R. Whitaker, president, Power Components and Systems in Eaton’s electrical business, said: “The expansion of our R&D Center further supports our product localization strategy in China, as well as adding to Eaton’s global product development capabilities for electrical products.”
The R&D Center in Suzhou has a talent force of 100 engineers and is expected to add around 40 percent more people during the next two years. With advanced operations from computer modeling, fast prototyping and broad testing capabilities, the center has developed a variety of product lines, including medium-voltage products such as vacuum interrupters and vacuum circuit breakers; low-voltage products such as molded case circuit breakers; and industrial products such as uninterruptible power systems, contactors, and soft starters.
Broadening Eaton’s commitment to the electrical industry in China, the R&D Center has developed close relationships with top laboratories, industrial associations and Chinese universities to create world-class technology. Eaton has similar types of technology-related relationships with universities involving the company’s hybrid power systems business.
Eaton’s Electrical Group is the company’s largest business segment, with 2007 sales of $4.8 billion. The business is a leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power systems and industrial automation products and services. The Electrical segment provides customer-driven solutions that serve the changing needs of the industrial, utility, light commercial, residential and original equipment markets.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.