Demand for green technologies fuels UK expansion
Published: 30 January 2020 - Carly Wills
Schneider Electric has announced the expansion of its UK manufacturing facilities in Scarborough and Leeds, driven by rising demand in renewable and green technologies.
The business is set to invest in a multi-million pound upgrade and expansion of its Leeds and Scarborough UK manufacturing facilities. Schneider Electric intends to boost the capacity and productivity of its manufacturing operations and facilitate production of new technologies for the renewables industry. It also plans to create an innovation hub at its Leeds site showcasing sustainable energy management technologies.
Mike Hughes, zone president, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, said: “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. 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.”
Both Schneider Electric’s Leeds and Scarborough sites currently specialise in the manufacture of switchgear for high voltage, medium voltage and low voltage environments. Switchgear is used in electricity substations, and large buildings such as hospitals, factories or residential flats to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment. The new investment will enable the facilities to produce Schneider Electric’s range of WI switchgear equipment which is used in offshore windfarms to transmit electricity efficiently and safely to the grid. The factories will also start producing technology that sits inside the wind turbines themselves. The Scarborough facility will produce more of outdoor low voltage switchgear technology, used to protect and distribute electricity to housing estates, shopping centres, colleges, ports, airports, telecommunication sites, factories and many other commercial and industrial installations.
In addition to the investment in its production capabilities, Schneider Electric also plans to build a new innovation hub in Leeds, combining 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.