Nexans delivers first charging stations for electric vehicles manufactured at its Donchery unit
Paris, October 17, 2016 – Pursuing its long-term commitment to innovative, sustainable mobility, Nexans is poised to deliver the first charging stations after landing a significant part of the contract to equip the sites of the national energy operator and most of France's public electricity distribution network with charging stations. This success, and the commercial and industrial agreement struck last April between Nexans and the G2mobility start-up, will allow the Group to confirm its commitment to seeking energy transition innovations.
Recharging solutions for low-carbon vehicles were developed at the Nexans Power Accessories France plant in Donchery (northern-eastern France). The R&D department has gradually been adding specialized professionals (electronics specialists, telecoms engineers and programmers) to its staff, seeking to respond more effectively to the demand for charging solutions in communications and services.
In April, the company launched a period of intense focus on this booming market, aiming to deliver the first orders in September. The plant has been designed with both capacity and flexibility in mind, and the first assembly line is already able to manufacture 50,000 units per year. Solutions can be configured and personalized to individual customer needs. The logistics and supply chain strategy – relying heavily on local suppliers – will optimize responsiveness at order placement and when recharging facilities need maintenance. Nexans opted for a dedicated sales department, which helps customers purchasing this new technology by responding to queries and handling their requests.
Annie Chéenne, Director Smart Grid & E-Mobility at Nexans Power Accessories, said:”We're convinced that electric mobility will gradually become the solution of choice and radically transform how individuals approach their own mobility, especially by making car-sharing and car-pooling easier. It reduces CO2 emissions and particulates while contributing to the flexibility of smart networks and thus to the integration of intermittent renewable energies."
Hervé Weber, head of the R&D department at Nexans Power Accessories France, added: “The Nexans facility at Donchery is about value creation. Energy transition offers us a chance to move into new areas of specialization that are a good fit with our core businesses."
Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution (submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables), Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and the introduction of safe, low-environmental-impact industrial processes.
In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for disadvantaged communities worldwide.
Nexans is an active member of Europacable, the European Association of Wire & Cable Manufacturers, and a signatory of the Europacable Industry Charter. The Charter expresses its members' commitment to the principles and objectives of developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables.
Nexans, acting for the energy transition, has an industrial presence in 40 countries, commercial activities worldwide, is employing close to 26,000 people and generating sales in 2016 of 5.8 billion euros. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A.
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