Eaton Opens New Laboratory in its China Innovation Center to Drive Development of Energy-Efficient Power Management Technologies

Date: July 25, 2012

SHANGHAI…Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today that the Eaton China Innovation Center has opened a new laboratory to drive development of energy-efficient power management technologies for the local market.

Located in Eaton’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, the new laboratory covers an area of more than 300 square meters and is designed to develop key technologies and solutions essential to the company in order to achieve business success in China and the Asia Pacific region. The new laboratory is equipped with best-in-class hardware equipment and software tools, providing world-class facilities to support innovation in China.

Chris Roche, vice president of Corporate Technology, Eaton Corporation, said: “The opening of the laboratory will help us not only gain access to local technology and talent, but also collaborate with our global innovation center network to provide world class power management solutions for our customers.”

Established in September 2010, Eaton’s China Innovation Center is one of five global innovation centers. In February 2012, Eaton announced the expansion of the Innovation Center by adding a team in Shenzhen to focus on power conversion technology.

Eaton’s China Innovation Center is focused on developing advanced technologies and solutions, such as next generation power converters, safe solutions for alternative energy, environmental friendly vacuum switching, advanced diagnostics and prognostics, digital and green hydraulics, energy-efficient vehicle powertrains, electrical vehicle and high-efficiency charging technology.

The Innovation Center organization is Eaton’s most forward-looking Research & Development and technological innovation organization, committed to providing the most advanced technology innovation for the company's global business. Eaton currently has global innovation centers in the United States, China, India, and the Czech Republic.

Eaton has invested heavily in innovation and R&D. Today, Eaton owns approximately 9,000 patents throughout the world, and was granted over 900 patents during 2011 alone. Eaton was named one of the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters in 2011 for its outstanding innovation capability.

In the meantime, Eaton has made extensive efforts to cooperate with Chinese universities, research institutes and academia to drive progress in research and development and the cultivation of local talents. Eaton has established technology cooperation with eight major universities in China, including Harbin Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Xi'an Jiaotong University and South China University of Technology.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power.  With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety.  Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.