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Schneider Electric opens Cavite Smart Distribution Center, invests P86.5M in expansion and digitalization

Schneider Electric opens Cavite Smart Distribution Center, invests P86.5M in expansion and digitalization

Today, Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, officially inaugurated its updated Cavite Smart Distribution Center, a new benchmark for smart logistics in the Philippines. With an investment of P86.5 million (1.4 million euros), Schneider Electric has expanded and upgraded the facility with state-of-the-art fourth industrial revolution technologies to support growth in the region and across the world driven by the energy transition and digitalization.  

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held during the inauguration of the newly opened Schneider Electric Smart Distribution Center in Cavite on May 8, 2024. (L-R: Ginger So-Amprimo, Chief Financial Officer, Schneider Electric Philippines; Ireen Catane, Country President, Schneider Electric Philippines; Hon. Joanne Michelle “Bamm” Gonzales, Vice Mayor, Rosario, Cavite; Vivian S. Santos, Deputy Director General of Operations, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA); Rizalino Jose Torralba, District Collector Port of Manila, Bureau of Customs; and, Atty. Julito Doria, Port of Manila Deputy Collector, Bureau of Customs)

Spanning across an area of 19,600 sqm in the Special Economic Zone of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the distribution center manages the export and distribution of Schneider Electric’s Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 3 Phase equipment. These products are crucial for ensuring consistent power delivery to power critical end-markets including data centers where continuity of operations, and preventing data loss and hardware damage can occur during power outages.

The Cavite Smart Distribution Center is one of the main distribution centers in Asia Pacific and one of the 17 Smart Distribution Centers of Schneider Electric in the world. (L-R: Ireen Catane, Country President, Schneider Electric Philippines; Vivian S. Santos, Deputy Director General of Operations, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA); Hon. Joanne Michelle “Bamm” Gonzales, Vice Mayor, Rosario, Cavite; and, Rizalino Jose Torralba, District Collector Port of Manila, Bureau of Customs)

The Cavite Smart Distribution Center enhances Schneider Electric’s robust distribution network across Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and South America markets. The facility’s enhanced sophisticated technologies streamline operations, boost efficiency, and significantly lower energy consumption, setting a new standard in sustainable logistics.

“We are committed and passionate about our customers, which is why we have made this investment in our Cavite distribution center” said Ireen Catane, Country President of Schneider Electric Philippines. “It’s a new case that demonstrates how Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies provide the way to make significant progress on sustainability and operational efficiency. Connected to our Smart Factory and Smart Distribution Network, this new facility marks an important milestone in serving our customers across Asia and the world.”

The distribution center leverages a variety of Schneider Electric EcoStruxure solutions to drive sustainability and efficiency across the facility:

  • Power Metering Expert monitors and optimizes energy use throughout the building, expected to reduce carbon emissions and has recorded 14% increase in production growth and 13% in energy savings.
  • Digital dashboards display operational performance in real time.
  • Up to 80% of finished goods are transported inbound and outbound by a fleet of EV trucks.

All of these enhancements contribute to Schneider Electric’s global sustainability commitments.

Atty. Norman Roland Ocana III, Schneider Electric Philippines Head of Government Affairs, underscored the crucial role of heeding the call of the Philippine Government to help in the country’s development towards sustainable economic growth: “A digital supply chain is a human-centric one. As we invest in smart operations, we also invest in our people and developing their digital skills to ensure they have competencies they need in this new landscape,” he said. “This is in line with the government’s ambition to equip Filipinos to be a competitive force in the digital economy.”

Impact Supply Chain Program

The Cavite Smart Distribution Center is part of Schneider Electric’s Impact Supply Chain program. This is the next evolution of the company’s supply chain transformation, which aims to make a positive impact on both customers and planet. Its key pillars are:

  • People– Schneider’s people are empowered to innovate and make a positive impact for customers every day.
  • Planet– Schneider Electric is building a sustainable, responsible, and net-zero ready supply chain.
  • Customers – Schneider Electric’s reliable supply chain delivers industry-leading quality.
  • Performance– Schneider Electric drives performance through advanced technology, smart and unified processes, regional ecosystems, and collaborative design.

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