Schneider Electric is the electronics company most prolific at making international expansions, followed by LG and Siemens. GlobalData’s electronics foreign direct investment (FDI) company report highlights the current foreign investments made by leading electronics investors. Buy the report here.

Schneider Electric has been the most active electronics greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database. The Parent_clean company has been actively investing through several of its subsidiaries/company divisions.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Schneider Electric investments were in the electronic equipment & instruments subsector. In fact, 50.7% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further 11 subsectors.

By business function, most (53.5%) of Schneider Electric projects were related to manufacturing. Logistics & warehousing and sales, administration & marketing were the next most popular operations undertaken by Schneider Electric.

The company has been active across eight world regions, mainly focused on North America which received 31% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024. Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were the US, India and Mexico. Combined these three countries account for 47.6% of its total number of electronics investments.

Schneider Electric created more FDI projects in 2020 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Other leading FDI project generators in the electronics industry include LG, Siemens, Eaton and Intel.

The US is the leading source market for outbound electronics greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 18.5% of total outbound electronics investment projects. There have been 471 unique parent companies from the US that have announced electronics FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

To further understand the top electronics FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top electronics Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.

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GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database records greenfield FDI throughout the world in real-time. The data can be used to analyse company cross-border expansion activities as well as identify industry, thematic and geographic trends.