Reasons for Nexans’commitment

After the great success of its participation in the renovation of the Palace of Versailles, Nexans signed a sponsorship agreement on May 6, 2009, with the Louvre Museum and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region to assist in the creation of the Louvre-Lens Museum. The Group’s participation is based on three motivating factors.

Jean-Claude Nicolas, Senior Corporate Vice President Communications, presents the sponsorship 

An innovative project

The innovative approach of the Louvre-Lens Museum project is that it is neither an annex nor a smaller version of the original Louvre, but a different one—a true avant-garde museum which will adopt a fresh approach to showcasing the Louvre’s magnificent collections. The new museum will leverage state-of-the art technologies to preserve works of art and ensure both their safety and that of the visiting public. Nexans’ advanced solutions will contribute to the high performance of these facilities. Nexans has been present in Lens for many years. In fact, the Group established its presence in the city over 30 years ago when it founded the global Nexans Metallurgy Center, a facility that has successfully developed many high performance processes and alloys. Today, the Lens facility production includes about 80,000 tons of high quality conducting wires manufactured from recycled copper.

An environmentally-friendly project

As a pioneer among French museums, the Louvre-Lens Museum is committed to a High Environmental Quality (HEQ) approach. The project’s objectives are to minimize the environmental impact of both the building site and premises, optimize safety and technical comfort, ensure internal air quality and reduce running and maintenance costs. Selected technologies include the use of geothermal energy and natural light, hygrothermal comfort and water and watering management. Nexans will help the Louvre-Lens Museum achieve these objectives. Through eco-design, manufacturing processes, cable safety, energy efficiency, durability, drum certification and management and recycling, Nexans endeavors to minimize the environmental footprint of its products throughout their lifecycle and support its customers in their own efforts by providing them with appropriate solutions.

A development driver

This major cultural center will act as a great driver to reinvigorate the entire surrounding area, bringing new appeal to both the city of Lens and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. The Louvre-Lens Museum is an outstanding opportunity to drive development in a region which has been hard hit by the industrial crisis. Nexans’ plants in France have also been affected and have undergone some reorganization. However, the Group is committed to helping its host regions gain new assets to create jobs and wealth, as exemplified by the Louvre-Lens Museum project.

  • 250 employees 3 units over 6 hectares
  • Global Metallurgy Research Center
  • ISO 9001 and EHP ISO 9001 and EHP certified continuous casting
  • 190,000 tons Output capacity: 190,000 tons of machine wire manufactured from pure and recycled copper
  • ISO 14001 Certified manufacturing unit for conductor wires ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • 70,000 tons Output capacity: 70,000 tons for the Group’s plants
  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship for the Palace of Versailles
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