Schneider Electric has been present in Australia since the early 60^s through the Square D^s early range of switchgear. Since then, the company has become one of the world^s leading manufacturers of equipment for electrical distribution, industrial control, and automation solutions and being involved in some of the country^s key projects. International brands include Merlin Gerin, Modicon, Square D and Telemecanique.
Within the Electrical Distribution range, Schneider Australia manufactures medium voltage switchgear, distribution transformers and kiosk substations at their Benalla factory. With a focus on customer service, product quality and the need for continuous improvement, in June 2003 the facility embarked on a lean manufacturing program in both the production and front office business.