Eaton buys South African industrial equipment manufacturer

Eaton Corp. (ETN) Cleveland, plans acquire ACTOM (Pty) Ltd.'s low-voltage electrical business in South Africa. ACTOM's low-voltage business is a leading South African manufacturer and supplier of motor control components, engineered electrical distribution systems and uninterruptible power supply systems. Headquartered in Johannesburg, ACTOM's low-voltage business had sales of $58 million during the last twelve months. The business has 480 employees and two manufacturing facilities in South Africa.

“The acquisition of ACTOM's low-voltage business establishes a direct presence for Eaton in the attractive South African market and serves as a platform for growth in the region,” said Frank Campbell, president of Eaton's Europe, Middle East and Africa Region for the Electrical Sector. “The combination of Eaton's business with ACTOM's low-voltage business will offer a broader set of power distribution and power quality solutions that enable our customers to more effectively grow and compete in their markets.”

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing approximately 6,000 people and having an annual order intake in excess of 5 billion rand (approximately ($750.7 million).

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