Schneider Electric announces local manufacturing reduces lead times

·         Local manufacturing reduces customer delay

·         Supports local economy and skills transfer

·         Dti to endorse local manufacture of switchgear


At its official launch recently, Schneider Electric South Africa announced that its PIX Easy Air Insulated Switchgear, previously 100% manufactured internationally, will now have a 68% local finishing process, reducing the customer waiting period from 12 weeks to 4 weeks and boosting local manufacturing and empowerment.

“This is only the second local manufacturing licence on this particular offer that Schneider Electric global has signed and represents a major step for Schneider Electric South Africa and our Gauteng-based RWW Engineering partner,” says Taru Madangombe, Vice President of Power Systems, Anglophone Cluster for Schneider Electric.

“Through this partnership, we are able to service our customers quickly, with the certain knowledge that the local assembly meets the stringent global requirements and standards of Schneider Electric.

“This type of deal is crucial to grow the South African economy and boost our exports, as we are now able to reach other markets outside our borders, as evidenced with the projects that we have already done in Ghana with RWW, subsequent to the signing of the PIX Easy project.

“President Ramaphosa is pushing for support of local manufacturing localisation and design and this is key to our organisation in terms of making sure that we transfer the knowledge and skills to our own people in the country. We are committed to increasing this local content, possibly even aiming as high as 80%,” concludes Madangombe.

“This has been a long and involved design process,” adds Jeremy Woods, Director of RWW Engineering. “Safety is a prime concern with switchgear and PIX Easy is locally made to meet international safety requirements. I believe that this kind of high-quality equipment will be well received in the market.”

PIX Easy Air Insulated Switchgear

Whether one generates, distributes or uses electric power, in today’s economic climate one needs an optimised and effective solution that is reliable safe and easy to use.

The PIX Easy Air Insulated Switchgear adapts to all electrical power distribution requirements up to 17.5 kV. It is an indoor metal enclosed switchgear, intended for medium voltage applications such as those found in HV/MV or MV/MV substations, buildings and industries.

PIX Easy offers:

  • An engineered solution tailored to specific requirements
  • A solution with a low cost of ownership, thanks to reduced maintenance and the highest levels of service continuity
  • Enhanced safety for staff and operators
  • Advanced control and monitoring options

“PIX Easy is essential for electrical utilities and smart cities. Its applications in buildings include healthcare, hotels, airports, banking and finance. It is utilised in the food & beverage, automotive, water and wastewater, small industries and life sciences,” concludes Madangombe.


About RWW Engineering

RWW Engineering, a privately owned company established in 1986, has gained a superior reputation as a leading manufacturer and supplier to the electrical industry. It specialises in the manufacture of electrical equipment and turnkey projects, providing industry with products such as switchgear, motor control, reactive power compensation, harmonic filter equipment and other related products. It has an extensive client base in Africa and around the world.

About Schneider Electric

At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to do more with less, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.

We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.

We are committed to unleash the infinite possibilities of an open, global, innovative community that is passionate with our Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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