Nexans invests in its Draveil site to double production capacity of medical cables
25 June 2024
3 min
healthcare cable
  • Nexans is investing €4.5 million in its Draveil site to double production capacity of medical cables in response to growing demand.
  • The NEWSENSE® micro-cables will be produced by machines entirely designed and manufactured by Nexans.
  • Building on the expertise and know-how of the Draveil workforce, the Group is developing its cable offering dedicated to minimally invasive surgical technologies, pushing the limits of miniaturization.

A leading designer and manufacturer of cable systems and services, Nexans has announced a €4.5 million investment in its Draveil site outside Paris to double its production capacity for medical cables.

With this investment, Nexans will be able to meet growing demand for medical micro-cables used in invasive surgery, a fast-growing market expected to achieve annual growth of 5% a year over the next five years. These cables are used in particular for transcatheter technology and cardiovascular electrophysiology, as well as for monitoring sensors and endoscopy cable solutions.

Through this investment, Nexans will be able to develop its NEWSENSE range of medical cables in a new workshop expanding the existing facilities at the Draveil site. The Group is reaffirming its commitment to manufacturing in France, particularly for products requiring a high level of expertise, as it is the case in the medical field.

These cables meet the most stringent quality standards and will be manufactured on machines specially designed and built by the engineering teams at Nexans Draveil, as they seek to continuously push back the limits of miniaturization. As these machines do not yet exist on the market, they wil further sharpen the competitive edge of Nexans, allowing it to consolidate its position as an industrial leader in cutting-edge technologies.

Consolidating our medical business is one of the strategic development goals set for our Aerospace & Medical division. Our high-performance cables are particularly well suited to environments demanding compliance with standards ISO 13485 (medical) and EN 9100 (aerospace) for safety and reliability. These particularly demanding standards are recognised by our customers worldwide.

Laurent Doré

Vice President Aerospace & Medical, Nexans

Delivering the speed and efficiency necessary to stay competitive in this niche market, these machines also meet the highest standards of reliability and quality, with the use of optical control technology to inspect the cables on the production line.

With this investment, Nexans will be able to develop its offering for medical OEMs, a field in which the company has over 30 years’ experience. With a dedicated plant and laboratory, Nexans is setting the standard in the supply of micro-cables for devices used in medical exploration as well as in diagnosis and treatment, greatly improving comfort for both healthcare professionals and patients alike.

With this investment, we are strengthening our position in the medical cable market and taking production capacity to a new level, with our machines and technology we push the limits of miniaturization. We are particularly pleased to be making this investment in Draveil, allowing us to expand with a new workshop dedicated to this market segment.

Juan Ignacio Eyzaguirre
Juan Ignacio Eyzaguirre

Executive Vice President Industrial Solutions & Projects, Nexans

Nexans finalizes expansion of world-class subsea cable facility in Norway to address global demand
Corporate
06 June 2024
4 min
Nexans facility in Halden, Norway
  • Nexans has officially opened the newly expanded section of its high voltage subsea cable plant in Halden, Norway to support the increased demand globally for electrification and the energy transition.
  • Nexans’ investment created more than 100 jobs and will be able to deliver 525kV HVDC and 420kV HVAC subsea cables.
  • The plant incorporates the most advanced cable production technology to date and features a second extrusion tower which will allow the plant to insulate four cables simultaneously in addition to the two existing lines – the tallest building in Norway and the country’s first skyscraper.
  • The Halden plant also celebrates its 50th anniversary, marking a key milestone in Nexans’ 109 year history in Norway.

Nexans, a leader in the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable future has officially opened its newly expanded section of its high voltage subsea cable plant in Halden, Norway to support the increased demand globally for electrification and the energy transition. The expansion project will support key projects including Nexans’ frame agreement with TenneT signed last year.

The construction for the expansion of the plant began in November 2021 and incorporates some of the most advanced cable production technology which will be able to deliver subsea cables up to 525kV for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and 420kV for High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC). The 34,000 square meter expansion more than doubles the capacity of the plant for HVDC extruded cables. It also features a 152.89 meter tall second extrusion tower which will allow the plant to insulate four cables simultaneously in addition to the two existing lines and qualifies as Norway’s tallest building and first skyscraper. The tower will be focused on the production of HVDC cables for offshore wind farms, but can serve both HVDC and HVAC applications. 100 more people have been hired and trained to support the increase in production from the facility and local indirect jobs will also be created to support the supply chain in Europe and globally. This brings the total employment of the plant up to around 1,000 employees on site.

The Halden plant also celebrates its 50th anniversary. Having been originally built in 1974 to support the Skagerrak 1 and 2 interconnector projects in cooperation with Statnett, the facility has been involved in projects across the globe. The first extrusion tower was built in 1992 to incorporate the first high voltage XLPE insulated cables into Nexans’ portfolio. The plant also features a state-of-the-art testing facility for high voltage components as well as its own slip to load cables directly onto cable laying vessels such as Nexans’ CLV Aurora, C/S Skagerrak, and Nexans’ newest vessel under construction, the CLV Electra.

Our investment in Halden significantly increases our production capacity and illustrates Nexans’ commitment to sustainability and the global energy transition. The plant will supply international markets with cables for key offshore wind farms and interconnectors that will bring renewable energy from the areas of high supply to those of high demand.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

The importance of the newly expanded Halden plant cannot be overstated. In a world that is rapidly becoming more electrified, the expansion of cable production will supply a critical need in Europe and globally. We are excited to work with our customers on producing the most technologically advanced cables to date, which will connect renewables to shore and electricity across continents.

Pascal Radue
Pascal Radue

EVP of Generation and Transmission Business Group, Nexans

Nexans facility in Halden, Norway
Inauguration of Halden new tower in Nexans facility, Norway
Halden new tower in Nexans facility, Norway

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Nexans signs two memorandums of understanding with the Moroccan government for a new cable plant in Morocco
14 December 2023
4 min
moroccan-investment
  • Two agreements have been signed with Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), and Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE) to build a new medium-voltage cable plant in the country involving a total investment of €100 million, by 2026.
  • With the goal of supporting the energy transition in Morocco and Africa, the project is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs.

Nexans and the Moroccan Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), signed two agreements involving a €100 million as a total investment plan to build the company’s third plant for medium-voltage cable in Morocco by 2026, in addition to its facilities in Casablanca and Mohammedia.

Strengthening Nexans’ commitment to the energy transition in Morocco and across Africa, the project is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs and will benefit from the backing of the Moroccan Ministries, the ONEE and the AMDIE. Moreover, it will meet the Group’s standards of excellence, in line with its Industry 4.0 digitalization and sustainability goals, and will deliver cables to Africa.

This project is aligned with the High Instructions of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI. Currently a leader in the region and across Africa in the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure, Morocco aims to consolidate the entire industrial ecosystem in the years to come. Through this transformative project, Morocco and Nexans are working together to strengthen the development of the renewable energy industry value chain in the Kingdom and to promote technical advancement in the local industrial fabric.

Once again, I commend Morocco’s outstanding leadership in bringing the benefits of sustainable electrification to all. I am delighted with this new phase in our relations, which boosts our presence in the country, where we have been operating for more than 75 years, alongside our plants in Mohammedia and Casablanca. This project, bringing together public and private players, sets out to achieve, from the very start, ecological and human commitments, thereby unlocking significant economic potential for all of Africa.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

This project is central to the key directives of the roadmap issued on High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, which were reiterated last March. I would like to express my praise for the support of the Ministries, which made this agreement possible. We are proud to strengthen our presence in Morocco.

Selma Alami
Selma Alami

Managing Director, Nexans North & West Africa

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Nexans to build third generation cable laying vessel to drive global energy transition
Investment
25 July 2023
4 min
CLV Nexans Electra
  • Nexans is investing in a new cutting-edge cable laying vessel to support a record project backlog and meet future needs in a booming offshore wind and interconnection market.
  • This unique and pioneering vessel builds on the capabilities of the Nexans Aurora, with an enhanced loading capacity and the ability to lay four cables simultaneously.
  • This vessel will be delivered in 2026.

Nexans, a world leader in the cable system design, manufacturing and services, has announced an expansion in its presence in the offshore wind and interconnection market, by adding a third cable laying vessel to its fleet.

This strategic decision will allow the Group to meet the increasing demand for electrification, especially in the American and European markets, driven by a record project backlog and recently strengthened by the historic €1.7 billion contract with TenneT, and €1.43 billion contract for Great Sea Interconnector project.

This new strategic asset will also directly and indirectly create hundreds of jobs worldwide during its construction and operational period.

A new ship with unprecedented capabilities

Building upon the cutting-edge technology featured on Nexans’ flagship vessel, the Nexans Aurora, this new ship goes further with improved design, comfort and capabilities. Equipped with three turntables, offering a 13,500-tonne loading capacity, and hosting a large range of subsea tooling including jetting and ploughing tools, this vessel will be capable of laying up to four cables simultaneously to meet specific customer requirements, especially on large-scale projects.

By adding this vessel to its fleet, Nexans is also enhancing its versatility and flexibility covering a widening geographical footprint.

From an environmental standpoint, the new vessel with its increased load capacity, an advanced hybrid power system and capable of running on biodiesel mix, will offer a significant reduced footprint, reflecting the Group’s strategic environmental vision.

Vincent Dessale

This new vessel will be the most technologically advanced cable layer ever deployed. Fitted with a range of high-tech cable installation and burial equipment, it will enhance the capabilities of our subsea cable operations to tackle projects on an unprecedented scale. This new strategic asset will support the Group’s long-term growth, consolidating its leadership in the interconnection and offshore markets. It perfectly embodies Nexans’ strategy to electrify the future, and its innovative features illustrate our ever-increasing commitment to meeting our partners’ needs.

Vincent Dessale

Chief Operations Officer and Senior EVP, Nexans