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Legrand provides products and systems for electrical installations and information networks for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.



December 24th, 2010

How did the company start?

Originally formed in Limoges, France, an area famous for porcelain, Legrand started making electrical accessories in the early 1900s when switches were then made of porcelain. Since then the company has expanded to become the world leader in switches and sockets, with a presence in more than 70 countries and a workforce of more than 35 000 people.


How would you describe your customers?

Legrand’s customers include architects, interior designers, electrical contractors, electrical specifiers, builders, and design conscious end-users – anyone involved in the selection of fittings and finishes for a building project.

What sets your company apart?

Design and technology are the two constructs that set Legrand apart from other electrical suppliers. With the new Arteor range, people will no longer see a switch as a switch, but as a piece of design. Technological innovation forms the vital link between increasingly sophisticated electrical components, ever more elaborate functionalities, and a user who expects increasingly simple access solutions.


What are your clients’ priorities at the moment?

This differs per our various customer groups: architects and interior designers seek more interesting aesthetic appeal and better quality finishes to suit trends in building design, paint colours and surfaces; installers are always seeking easier and faster installation methods; and end-users are focusing more on design, colour, texture and ease of use.

What is good design to you?

The optimum balance between function and form.


What does the future hold?

More complex functions will be hosted within each device to increase lifestyle convenience and energy-saving, as well as more choice in terms of shapes and finishes. As end-users continue to become increasingly design-focused, they will become more active in the choice of their electrical accessories – something previously left to electricians.


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