Electrical Control and Switchgear (ECS)


Electrical Controls and Switchgear (ECS) is a Ugandan company that started in 1983 as an importer and trader of electrical switchgear and panels. These products are essentially the interfacing equipment between the power service utility provider and a final consumer power income in industries, factories or commercial installations, transforming voltage for consumption use. ECS has gradually phased out importation of fully assembled switchgear and has now become a local designer, manufacturer and supplier of these products.

BIO’s investment will support ECS to diversify its products, namely the manufacturing of low to middle voltage distribution transformers. This type of transformers provides the final voltage transformation in the electric power distribution system, stepping down the voltage used in the distribution lines to the level used by the customer. As a consequence, ECS will no longer need to import the transformers.

To allow ECS to develop this new business line, there is a need for long term financing including a grace period of 3 years to allow for adequate time to build up the new activity further before starting to pay back the loan. Mainstream banks in Uganda offer a limited product range to small companies like ECS, with loans up to 3 years. Without BIO ECS would not be able to launch the new product and would not benefit of the existing market opportunities, nor grow further.

  • Investment amount (€):

    USD 1 million

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  • Nature of intervention :

    Senior loan

  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Direct employment creation (28), of which 22 manually highly skilled labour
    • 2 — Reduced dependence on imports
    • 3 — Profits will be reinvested and stay inside the country
    • 4 — More revenues to the government in the form of taxes
    • 5 — Technology transfer
    • 6 — Energy efficient project as the application of distribution transformers reduces technical energy losses considerably.