In 1998, NKE started purchasing a main component of a switch from G&W to incorporate into its new padmount switch. G&W has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. The particular component was at first too large to be successful as a product in the Japanese market. Therefore NKE and G&W jointly developed a smaller component and succeeded in swiftly making a high-performance and cost-effective switch which is now very successful in Japan.
Eaton Industries B.V.
NKE and Eaton Industries formed a sales alliance in 2004. Eaton Industries is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2005 sales of $11.1 billion, and is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control, and several other industries. NKE brought the Eaton ring main units into the wind power market in Japan. Until then, NKE’s product-line had not included any switch for the wind market. Because of this partnering, NKE was able to enter the market at just the right time - braking into the rapidly growing market with just the right products.
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