Vendor Acquisitions

Viridity Adds to Schneider Data Center Offering

Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., made a strategic addition to its data center management software offerings with a deal to buy the Viridity EnergyCenter 2.0 platform. The software and its support team will be integrated into Schneider's StruxureWare unit. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Viridity's data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software provides a cross-functional solution for understanding the connection between physical infrastructure, IT equipment and the applications that run on them, Schneider said in a release. This news does not involve Viridity Energy, a smart-grid company unrelated to the data-center software provider.

Siemens Buys e-Meter

Siemens Industry Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire all of the stock of eMeter Corp., San Mateo, Calif., a provider of information-management systems to handle the data generated by smart meters. eMeter's EnergyIP platform, which boasts a number of large-scale deployments, enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of a smarter grid. Utilities worldwide use eMeter software to reduce operational costs, improve customer service and drive energy efficiency.

Mersen Announces Plans to Acquire Busbar Manufacturer

Mersen, Newburyport, Mass., has entered into an agreement in principle with Eldre, the largest worldwide pure player in laminated busbars. This acquisition allows Mersen to expand its current product range supporting the improvement of efficiency, performance and safety of power electronics. Already a global provider of fuses and cooling products for the protection of semiconductors, Mersen will now add laminated busbars to its product offering.

Based in Rochester, N.Y., Eldre is a family-owned business with manufacturing facilities in Rochester and Saint Sylvain d'Anjou, France, that employ approximately 300 people. The business will be integrated into Mersen's Electrical Components and Technologies segment and will contribute annual revenues of $40 million.

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