1980–2005

Historie

1899-1949 1950-1979 1980-2008
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For the first time Moeller generates sales in excess of DM 1 billion, achieved with the help of 7,000 employees in 75 countries. The companies that make up the Moeller Group are united into Moeller Holding Gmbh & Co. KG, and new sales subsidiaries are set up in Spain, Austria and Denmark.  

1980s

  Moeller becomes one of the first suppliers of compact programmable logic controllers (PLCs), with the PS3 PLC being launched on the market to great success.

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The company has 7,200 employees to its name and achieves sales of DM 1.5 billion. Distribution centres are set up in former East Germany, and new subsidiaries are founded in Hungary, Poland and Italy. The Moeller Test Laboratory in Bonn is the first German laboratory to be accredited for industrial low-voltage devices and systems, and the Moeller Distribution Centre is taken into operation in Meckenheim, near Bonn.  

1990s

  Product innovations:
MODAN 6000 and 2000 power distribution and motor control systems
Fuzzy PLCs
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Moeller acquires Felten & Guilleaume AG, Cologne, a manufacturer of electrical installation devices, cables and medium-voltage systems, and lays the foundation stone for a fully-owned factory in Suzhou, China. The company posts sales of approx. 1.25 billion with 7,200 employees.  

1998

  Product innovations:
ZEV electronic motor-protective relays
easy Control relays

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The company celebrates its centenary and undergoes a change in name from Klöckner-Moeller to Moeller.

 

1999

 
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The economic downturn all over the world and growing competition on global markets starts to impede the company's development, which is further hampered by the owner's efforts – lasting almost two years – to sell it. Despite these difficulties, Moeller continues to invest in forward-looking production technology and the development of new product series.  

2000-2003

  Product innovations:
RMQ-Titan command and signalling devices
easy 600/800 Control relays
NZM 1–4/IZM circuit-breakers
Rapid Link decentralised motor control system
MFD-Titan multi-function relays
LS-Titan position switches
XC 100/600 control system
Xpole service installation switching devices
Xcomfort building automation system

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On December 9th, 2003, a group of investors advised by Advent International Cooperation, Boston, USA, acquires 100 percent of the Moeller Group. The capital structure of the company is improved and the management's restructuring plan is implemented.  

09.12.2003

 
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A presentation on the company's business development is given at the annual press conference on September 27 in Bonn. Moeller has succeeded in achieving the turnaround and is again operating at a profit in its core business areas. The Group focuses on its core competencies to an unprecedented extent and continues to consolidate its presence in global growth markets, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia. By the end of 2005, the Moeller Group will have virtually completely renewed its product portfolio in its core business areas.  

2004

  Product innovations:
xEnergy switchboard system
Xboard consumer units
Xpatch data network technology
XC 200 control system
XV 400 HMI PLCs
xStart contactor and motor-protective circuit-breaker system

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On September 12, 2005, the British private equity company Doughty Hanson & Co. acquires a 75% majority stake in the Moeller Group.  

2005

 

Product innovations:
Home- and room manager
Surge protection with automatic reset
Expansion of the successful "easy" family

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On April 4, 2008, the US-American Eaton Corporation acquires 100 percent of the shares in the Moeller Group. Moeller is now part of one of the most successful US-American industrial groups. Together, the two companies form a significant global player in electrical engineering.  

2008

 

Product innovations
At Light & Building Frankfurt and at the Hanover trade fair, two world-renowned events, Moeller first presents its digital RCD.

For the first time, a comprehensive Darwin product range is presented for industrial automation applications. Darwin components revolutionise wiring and networking in switchgear cabinets.
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