Legrand's French roots date back to 1865 and it still operates from the city it originated in, Limoges. More locally, the company was first established in the UK in 1971 and has grown considerably over time. This growth is fueled by innovation and the steady stream of new, high value-added product launches this brings, plus acquisitions of companies that (typically) hold leading positions and have specialised technological expertise in growing markets.
A flurry of acquisitions between 1992 and 1996 created further expansion again and included Tenby Industries (Tenby wiring accessories, consumer units and earth clamps), Power Centre Holdings, Rolfe King Ltd, Nimstone Limited (emergency lighting) and P&R Sales Ltd.
On September 17, 1997, HRH The Princess Royal inaugurated the Tenby manufacturing site. The Birmingham site now serves as the UK head office.
The early 2000s provided many more acquisitions, with many of these brands still well known within the UK, these included Wiremold (including Davis, Salamandre, Electrunk, Swifts and Arena-Walsall brands), Ortronics, Synergy wiring accessories, Zucchini, Cablofil and Electrak. 2009 saw the Launch of Arteor wiring accessories and home automation.
2009 also saw the merger of Legrand Ireland into UK activity.
Legrand UK & Ireland has undergone significant changes in the past decade. Key accomplishments include the launches of Swiftclip, Classe 300 (the first connected door entry unit in the UK), and the Green T.He transformers, as well as the acquisition of Raritan and CP Electronics.
Additionally, the company has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability through the launch of our energy efficiency program.
In 1971 Legrand Electric was established in the UK and marked the start of our exciting journey to the company we are today.
Still in use today, our current logo was first used in 1974. It comprises the two black 'L's facing each other head-to-foot in combination with two lines to represent a switch with its incoming and outgoing wires, as well as a red "legrand" of the same size as the square that suggests a switch.
The 1980s saw some exciting aquisitions for Legrand UK starting with Contour Wiring Accessories providing Legrand with its first UK based manufacturing plant in 1980.
In 1982 manufacturing moved to Milton Keynes and Saxon wiring accessories was born. 1988 saw the last acquisition of this decade with Switchplan Automated Lighting Systems coming on board.
As we continue to grow as a business we will continue to take a sustainable approach in everything we do, from manufacturing to how our products are recycled. We will strive to create a circular economy with the welfare of our planet at the heart of our development.
Our people continue to be our greatest asset and as a responsible business we will continue to promote diversity and inclusion within all areas of our business. We won’t shy away from difficult topics and will make clear where we have made changes to ensure we continue to be a responsible employer.