The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of American Power Conversion Corporation (APC) by the French group Schneider Electric. This is conditional upon the divestment of Schneider Electric's business related to small uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices. Both companies are major suppliers of a broad range of UPS devices which clean power signals and provide back-up power in case of power cuts. The Commission’s investigation concluded that without divestment the proposed acquisition could significantly reduce competition on the market for small UPS devices which are used mainly to protect individual computers and devices for small businesses.