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Schneider growth strategy

Calcutta, Dec. 2: Schneider Electric India is keen to offer traffic management tools to states.

As part of a pilot project in south Mumbai in 2011, Schneider had provided 253 crucial road intersections with tech-based signal and traffic management systems.

“Mumbai police are now working on phase 2 of this project. There are a few other cities such as Jaipur and Chandigarh under discussion for such projects. We have a portfolio of smart grid and smart city solutions — be it for critical infrastructure or intelligent traffic management,” said Anil Chaudhry, managing director and country president, Schneider Electric India.

“Our commitment to India is strong. Our research and development centre in Bangalore is the second largest after Europe,” Chaudhry said.

The Indian arm of the French energy management company will bank on the Luminous brand, which it acquired in 2011, to expand its consumer base.

“We made a foray into retail business in India after acquiring Luminous in 2011 and now we are distributing the retail products from some 50,000 outlets the brand manages,” he said.

Schneider has been distributing a range of products that include switches, sockets and distribution systems.

The company will focus on the eastern region to expand its retail and institutional presence. It plans to expand to 75 cities by March next year from 50 cities.

According to Chaudhry, Schneider has grown from being a few thousand employees to about 19,000 now in the last 6-7 years. Its focus will be to innovate its offerings.

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