Legrand Acquires QMotion Advanced Shading Systems
Legrand Strengthens and Extends Lighting Control, Comfort and Energy Solutions, to include shading systems, for Residential and Light-Commercial Markets with Acquisition of QMotion
West Hartford, CT, December 18, 2015
– Legrand, North America announced today that it has acquired QMotion, an award-winning leader in advanced shading systems. QMotion will become part of Legrand’s North American Building Control Systems (BCS) business.
QMotion’s window shading systems will integrate easily with the intelligent lighting control and automation solutions offered by Legrand BCS. This creates a more comprehensive portfolio of advanced solutions that provide energy efficiency and lighting control for residential and light-commercial applications. Homes to high-performance buildings will have shading solutions run by quiet, low-power consumption motors that allow manual and automated control of artificial and natural light.
“I’ve very much enjoyed working with my team to design and manufacture high-quality, automated shading solutions for applications where hard wired solutions are not feasible,” said Willis Mullet, owner and CEO of QMotion. "I am confident this acquisition by Legrand will continue QMotion’s strong growth and provide further advancements into the commercial shading market along with lighting and smart home integration systems."
The addition of QMotion’s advanced shading solutions will strengthen Legrand’s impact on the energy efficiency, productivity, safety, security and aesthetics of the places its customers live and work.
“This acquisition is about providing better solutions for controlling light and energy in different spaces. This goes beyond managing just artificial light; it’s about glare reduction, reducing heat load, scene setting and other automated controls for managing light and energy,” said John Selldorff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Legrand, North America. “QMotion products offer some unique functionality and energy-efficient benefits that will differentiate us from anything else in the market.”
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of $6.0 billion in 2014. Legrand has a strong presence in North America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Quiktron, Vantage, Watt Stopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). legrand.com
QMotion Advanced Shading Systems manufactures automated window coverings that are assembled in the United States and sold by a network of premium dealers and partners. QMotion manufactures motor control assemblies for automated window coverings that are integrated and sold by fabricators around the world. QMotion’s industry-leading product line includes motorized roller shades, honeycomb shades and motorized drapery rods that use standard D-cell alkaline batteries, are safe by design with no cords and can help reduce energy costs. The Qadvanced Roller Shades and Honeycomb Shades are the only automated products on the market that feature a patented manual override. The Qadvanced Roller Shades are also available in a low-voltage option. In 2014 and 2015, QMotion received numerous industry awards, including technical innovation awards from the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association and best new products awards from Technology Integrator, Electronic Lifestyles, CE Pro, Residential Systems and TecHome. Learn more about QMotion products and dealer opportunities at QMotionShades.com.