Eaton Corporation plc ETN announced the acquisition of Innovative Switchgear Solutions, Inc. (ISG). This acquisition will boost its existing operation in the medium-voltage switchgear solution business.
The demand for medium-voltage switchgear solutions is on the rise on a global scale. ISG’s solid dielectric underground switchgear products will provide Eaton with a compact, low-maintenance and highly configurable solution that shall help it solve critical challenges faced by customers.
Importance of Medium-Voltage Switchgear
Per a report from RESEARCH AND MARKETS, higher power consumption of industrial motors has encouraged industries to focus on replacing low-voltage motors with medium-voltage ones. Courtesy of rising demand for motors globally, the medium voltage motors market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4% in the 2019-2023 time period.
Eaton already has operations on a global scale. The acquisition of ISG will strengthen its position among the leading medium-voltage motor manufacturers that include General Electric Co. GE and TECO Electric & Machinery Co., among others.
Expansion of Global Switchgear Market
A report from MARKETS AND MARKETS indicates that the global switchgear market is projected to reach a size of $143.5 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 6.9%, from an estimated $102.6 billion in 2019.
Eaton has a strong presence in the electric systems and products market. More than 60% of its total revenues were generated from the sale of electric systems in first-quarter 2019. Eaton, with existing product offerings and strategic acquisitions, will further expand presence in the switchgear market and benefit from rising demand in the global switchgear market.
Shares of Eaton have outperformed its industry in the past six months.
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