Cooper Industries, Ltd., Houston, TX, has acquired Hyundai Explosion-Proof Electric Company, a South Korea-based manufacturer of explosion-proof electrical equipment.   ; HEPEC specializes in explosion-proof Glass Reinforced Plastic lighting, control panels and switchgear and its products are complementary to the current Cooper Crouse-Hinds product offerings.   ; The acquisition provides Cooper with increased access to the South Korean market, with its strong shipbuilding industry and where significant investment to upgrade domestic energy and petrochemical infrastructure is underway.   ; The HEPEC acquisition is the eighth deal announced by Cooper in 2007.
Cooper Industries is a global manufacturer with 2006 revenues of $5.2 billion, about 85% of which are from electrical products.