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Schneider Electric unveils made in Kenya electrical switchboards

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 17:40 |

French tech firm Schneider Electric has expanded its local manufacturing with the introduction of made-in-Kenya Prisma iPM electrical switchboards, an initiative that is set to boost job creation opportunities in the country. 

To ensure the success of the initiative meant to support the national Buy Kenya, Build Kenya, the French multinational

is investing in the training of its local personnel and partners to ensure that the product delivered to the market meets international IEC standards 61439-1&2. 

Prisma iPM is an electrical switchboard that is used to manage the electrical distribution system in large and commercial scale buildings.

Schneider Electric will from today manufacture the enclosures at its local manufacturing facility in Kenya. Local manufacture of enclosures will mark the beginning point in the localisation of the IPM electrical switchboard. 

Speaking while launching  Schneider Electric’s new Kenya-made switchboard at the firm's Nairobi plant, Industrialisation Cabinet Secretar Betty Maina expressed delight to see a multinational company such as Schneider Electric invest and scale upon its local manufacturing. 

“The government wants to further economic development through promoting our local capabilities, and Schneider Electric’s launch today is an endorsement of our aim to grow industrialisation in the country,” she said.

Local production will reduce the time needed to get the Prisma iPM switchboards to market, lowering costs and making the product more affordable for Kenyan organisations. 

The Prisma iPM switchboard is a best-in-class design that can be easily upgraded and can be used in every type of commercial and industrial buildings, including retail, hotels, offices, schools, and hospitals. Building owners will benefit from world-class electrical technology at prices that offer excellent value for the local market. 

Carol Koech, Country President East Africa at Schneider Electric said the technology is designed to be reliable, safe, and future-proof, and the Prisma iPM switchboard is an example of this. 

“We are excited about the opportunity to contribute to the country’s Buy Kenya, Build Kenya initiative and support both the nation’s economic development as well as its technical know-how,” she said.

By assembling locally, Koech added, the company will be better able to serve its customers nationwide as well as projects under the country’s National Housing Agenda.

She said Prisma iPM is designed to provide optimum safety as well as high reliability and continuity of service of any electrical installation thereby improving the efficiency and safety of electrical professionals. 

“All switchboard configurations have been tested, are IEC standard compliant, and designed to meet the Schneider Electric quality guarantee,” Koech added. 

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