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Emerson Acquires European UPS Company for $1.5 Billion

Emerson Network Power, which already has a substantial world presence with its data center power supply business, added another global company to its portfolio on Sept. 3.

The St. Louis-based corporation said it has acquired Chloride Group PLC, one of Europe's leading UPS (uninterrupted power supply) makers, for $1.5 billion.

Chloride, which does not make chlorine or other chemicals, has respected UPS technology, a long-term European presence and service/custom power packages that will work hand-in-hand with Emerson's other businesses, including Liebert, Avocent, Energy Systems, Knürr, ASCO and Aperture.

The addition of Chloride strengthens Emerson's ability to enable the company's branded Business-Critical Continuity solution and deliver more complete IT infrastructure power packages, the company said.

Of course, continued rapid growth in data traffic and a critical business need for high availability is driving the need for more power continuity solutions, so Emerson apparently is gearing up for years of future growth.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he...