History

History

Eaton Corporation – a 100-year heritage of innovation
In 2011, Eaton celebrates its 100th anniversary and a heritage of innovation and expertise that has positioned the company to answer some of the world's toughest power management challenges.

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This spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship driven by integrity and an unwavering commitment to ethics was part of Joseph Eaton’s vision when he founded the company. Since that time, Eaton has evolved from a leader and innovator in vehicle technologies to a leading power management company that also serves the hydraulics, aerospace and electrical markets. Our proven technologies and products play an important role in managing power in many things that impact our daily lives – from more energy-efficient buildings, cities and infrastructure to next-generation aircraft, cars, trucks and machines.

Our growing presence allows us to serve customers across Europe. Eaton's involvement in Europe began in 1946 with a minority interest in the Hobourn-Eaton Manufacturing Company Ltd., a British manufacturer of motor pumps and gears. Since then, Eaton’s presence in this region has grown significantly, both organically and through acquisitions.

In 2007, Eaton strengthened its Uninterruptible Power System business by acquiring MGE Office Protection Systems. In 2008, the company further increased its global capability by acquiring the Moeller Group. In addition, Eaton enhanced its hydraulics portfolio with the acquisition of Integ Holdings Limited. With these transactions, Eaton’s manufacturing footprint today includes approximately 60 sites that make an array of electrical, aerospace, hydraulic, truck and automotive components for markets in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. Some of the globally recognised brands Eaton produces in Europe are Aeroquip, Airflex, Char-Lynn, Cutler-Hammer, Eaton, Elek, Golf Pride, Holec, Hydro-Line, MEM, MGE Office Protection Systems, Moeller, Powerware and Vickers.

Powering Business
Eaton is one of the world’s leading industrial enterprises, producing a broad range of industrial and commercial products that touch people where they live, work and play.

By providing innovative, high quality products and maintaining superior customer relationships, we are proud to play an active role in the European market. An important part of Eaton’s business focus is to develop products that help customers protect the environment by conserving energy, reducing emissions and managing resources.