Eaton reinforces benefits of recent acquisition
Eaton Africa’s recent acquisition of a controlling interest in Ulusoy Elektrik, a leading manufacturer of medium voltage electrical equipment based in Ankara, Turkey, is set to improve the ability to develop innovative power solutions for the African market. The company shared the various benefits of the acquisition to its customers on the continent during the African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 14 to 16 May 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
“The acquisition of Ulusoy Elektrik complements Eaton’s IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission standard) portfolio and strengthens our ability to provide tailored medium-voltage solutions,” said Seydou Kane, managing director, Eaton Electrical Africa. “In addition, it provides us with improved access to the medium-voltage market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and adds a competitive, high-capability manufacturing base to our existing footprint.”
For example, the Ulusoy Elektrik portfolio includes gas-insulated MV switchgear (GIS) at higher voltage levels (36kV) than Eaton currently offers in IEC markets, as well as transformers and cable accessories that are not part of Eaton’s portfolio today.
“The acquisition comes at a perfect time and through this great AUW platform, we can demonstrate modern, sustainable electrical power systems to utilities and municipalities, involved in power generation, transmission and distribution. Industrial customers, such as mines and large-scale manufacturers in Africa will also benefit from a wider Eaton product range and increased flexibility in response to their power management requirements,” Kane said.
Eaton’s involvement at AUW this year is extensive, with participation in the Utility CEO Forum, moderating and participating in panel discussions as well sponsoring the Power Award category during the awards evening on 15 May 2019. Eaton’s exhibition stand - G32A – will also be demonstrating the company’s range of smart low and medium voltage solutions.