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Eaton launches new filter systems as a permanent response to recent flash flooding in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

August 26, 2019

GUMMERSBACH, Germany … Power management company Eaton today announced the completion of construction on new filter systems at its Gummersbach site, which ensure a permanent solution to the flash flooding that occurred on April 10, 2018, in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Representatives from the town of Gummersbach and the Oberberg Environment Council joined leaders from Eaton’s Industrial Controls and Protection Division, EMEA, at the opening ceremony on August 23, 2019, where the company reinforced its commitment to employee safety and the environment.

Following recommendations from the Environment Council, Eaton invested over €120,000 to build two new filter systems, which now provide a safer response to extreme weather events and will prevent large volumes of water penetrating the Gummersbach facility.

“The unexpected flash flooding in 2018, which stopped production at our site for three days, may have been a consequence of global climate change,” comments Jesiele Lima, plant manager of the Eaton Gummersbach site. “Experts from the Wuppertal Engineering company told us that such a high volume of rainfall has not been seen for more than 50 years. As always, our focus is on ensuring the safety of our employees and the local community, so I am pleased to say that we have constructed two new filter systems. These systems will help both our facility and the environment by directing water flow into a specific canal, so it can no longer affect internal production areas.”

“I am pleased to see Eaton's commitment to the community and the environment,” adds Barbara Lackner, Oberberg Environmental Council.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

Contact (for journalist enquiries)

Nathalie Lapoirie, Corporate Communications Manager, EMEA, nathalielapoirie@eaton.com, tel: +41 21 811 46 47