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Global cable expertise 

 

 

Press Dossier 

June 2005 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



PRESS CONTACTS

 

 

Céline Révillon  



celine.revillon@nexans.com  

Tel. : + 33 1 56 69 84 12 

 

 

 



 

 

Pascale Strubel 



pascale.strubel@nexans.com  

Tel. : + 33 1 56 69 85 28 

 

For more information : www.nexans.com 



 

 

 



 

 

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CONTENTS 

 

 

CORPORATE PROFILE 

 

INTRODUCTION  

Cables and cable systems: products that are seldom seen but omnipresent

 

 

NEXANS PRODUCTS: A COMPLETE RANGE 



Energy 


Telecom 


Electrical wires 

 

THE MAIN ISSUES FOR THE CABLE INDUSTRY TODAY  

Protecting the environment 



Safety 


 

PRESENTATION OF SOME KEY MARKETS 

Construction 



Oil


 

Wind power



 

Rail transport



 

Shipbuilding



 

Automotive



 

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: A PRIORITY AT NEXANS 

The R&D structure within Nexans 



Some major technological advances achieved by Nexans 

The main avenues of research 



 

APPENDICES 

Some recent milestones 



Who's who 

 

 

 

 



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CORPORATE PROFILE 

Our business: 

 

Nexans offers a wide range of energy and telecom cable 



solutions using copper and optical fibre cables for the 

infrastructure, industrial and construction markets. 

 

Our markets include: 

 

Energy networks, aerospace, construction, auto-motive, the oil 



industry, railways, telecommunications and medical applications. 

 

World-wide locations: 

. Manufacturing facilities in 29 countries 

. Marketing operations in 65 countries 

. 17,150 local experts 

. 1 International Research Centre at Lyon 

. 9 Competence Centres for operational research 

. 450 researchers, engineers and technicians 

 

Nexans HQ 

16, rue Monceau – 75008 PARIS 

 

Executive Committee 

. Chairman and CEO: Gérard HAUSER 

. Executive Vice President Europe Area : Yvon RAAK 

. Executive Vice President North America and Asia Area :                   

Michel LEMAIRE 

. Executive Vice President Rest of the world Area : Bruno 

THOMAS 

. Communication: Véronique GUILLOT-PELPEL 



. Executive Vice President Strategic Operations : Pascal 

PORTEVIN 

. Human Resources: François SAINT-DIZIER 

. Administration and Finance: Frédéric VINCENT 

 

Some Key Dates

 

. 1897 : Creation of the Société Française de Câbles Electriques 

1912 


: Acquired by Compagnie Générale d’Electricité 

(subsequently renamed Câbles de Lyon) 

. 1986 : Câbles de Lyon becomes Alcatel Câble 

. 1996 : Alcatel Câble merges with Alcatel 

. 2000 : Alcatel Câbles et Composants becomes Nexans 

. 2001 : Floated on the stock market (Euronext-Paris) 

 

 

Factfile 2004 

 

 



Total Sales 2004: 4.900 

billion euros 

 

 

Employees : 20 000 



 

 

Sales by activity

Energy: 62 %

 

Electrical wires: 24 %



 

Telecom: 14 %

 

 

 



Sales by geographical 

zones

Europe: 73 %

 

North America: 17 % 



Asia: 5 %

 

Rest of World: 5 %



 

 

 



Employees by regions : 

Europe: 73 % 

North America: 9% 

Asia: 6 % 

Rest of World: 12%

 

 



 

Shareholders :  

. Institutional: 81 % 

. Private individuals: 8 % 

. Own control: 10 % 

. Non-identified: 1 % 

 

 



 

Our strengths 

We are a global expert 



We have an international presence 

We have many years of experience and expertise in the cables market 



We control the entire chain of production 

We offer a full range of copper and optical fibre cables 



We provide global services, from design and conception through to 

production, installation, and maintenance

 



We are known for our performance (industrial and technological) 

 

 



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INTRODUCTION  

 

 



 

 

 



 

Cables and cable systems: products that are seldom seen but omnipresent

 

 



Seldom seen but omnipresent, the cables and cable systems that circle our planet are at 

the 


very heart of modern life

, forming as they do the nerve tissue of developed industrial 

economies. 

 

 



Cables are to be found everywhere, carrying 

communications and energy

 

 



Without transcontinental, national and urban cabled 

infrastructures

, our cities would be dark, 

isolated places void of all modern comfort and convenience. Our homes, offices, hospitals 

and airports use all the types of wires and cables that exist for electricity supplies and 

communications. 

 

 

They are equally omnipresent in countless 



products we use every day and take for granted

from ultra-fine wires used in wristwatches to cables in electric motors and transformers, from 



domestic appliances to cars, boats, trains and planes. 

 

 



These cable systems are equally vital for the successful operation of many different 

industries

power generation, the petrochemical industry, shipbuilding and motor manufacture, the 



railways, telecommunications etc. All of these industries rely on a vast range of wires and 

cables for their controls, applications and data transmission. 

 


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NEXANS PRODUCTS: STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGIES

 

 

 



 

 

NEXANS offers a full range of copper and optical fibre 



cables. 

 

 



From the copper cathode close to the parent metal to the 

8 mm wire rod, our range is an international standard 

used by all wire and cable manufacturers around the 

world. Nexans has total control of its production chain, 

from the copper ore stage right down to the finished 

product - energy or telecom cables. 

 

 

 



Designing products like these calls for great rigour and a 

thorough 

knowledge of the existing codes of practice

 

plus strict adherence to the international standards 



established by professional bodies. Nexans also plays a 

major part in the 

development of new international 

standards

.

 

 



 

 

NEXANS 

State-of-the-art 

technologies 

 

The deepest  undersea 

cable:  

2,300 m water depth 

 

The longest piece of 



cable:  

125 km 

 

The most powerful 



cable:  

550,000 volts 

 

The thinnest cable:  



Diameter of 12 

microns 

 

The most resistant cable:  



Up to 1,000 °C during 

several minutes 

 

The heaviest cable: 



123 kg per meter 

 

 



 

 

 

 

COPPER  

 

The cable industry is the first to industrially process copper just after the metal has been 

mined. Today, Nexans production plants process 49 tonnes of copper per hour

 



 

 


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ENERGY 

 

 

With high, medium and low voltage cables, aerial and 



underground lines, submarine and special cables, 

accessories and superconductors, the 

Energy 

activities 



alone account for 

62 %


 of Nexans' total sales (including 

Distribution)

 

 



Nexans can meet the demand for cables and cable 

systems for power 

transmission

 and 


distribution

 in any 


infrastructures, industries and buildings. 

 

 



High Voltage Cables 

Since generation facilities are often remote, long-

distance high voltage capacity is needed to serve giant 

urban conglomerations, whatever the natural barriers: 

mountains, deserts or deep seas. Nexans can offer 

aerial, underground and submarine solutions 

in 

response to these demands. 



 

 

 



Medium and Low Voltage Cables 

Medium and low voltage cables (up to 60 kV) used in 

increasingly standardised and complex distribution 

networks take electricity from high voltage transformer 

stations to towns and remote areas. Nexans supplies 

cables and accessories designed for power distribution 

to consumers.

 

 



 

 

 



Product Focus: AERO-Z

 

 



 

AERO-Z

®

 conductors are a major 

advance in the technology of 

overhead lines. 

 

 

Unlike conventional twisted 

conductors that are prone to 

instability due to vibration (e.g. the 

complex effects of 'galloping' over 

long spans, even in light winds), 

AERO-Z

®

 conductors withstand 

wind vibration by virtue of their 

improved damping characteristics. 

Their drag coefficient is also greatly 

reduced, while their compactness 

allows them to transmit higher 

voltage levels with the same 

diameter. 

 

 



The 'Z' section is also used in optical 

terrestrial cables (OPGW-Z), while a 

new generation of AERO-Z

®

-HC will 

soon offer enhanced conductivity. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

The Submarine Market 



Nexans is also one of the world leaders in the manufacture and laying of submarine cables 

and in equipment for oil and gas platforms (umbilical cables). The high voltage submarine 

market is a major issue at a time when very large projects are back on the agenda. These 

projects include underwater links between Morocco and Spain, Norway and the British Isles, 

and Australia and Tasmania. 

 

 



The technical demands in this field are very high given that submarine cables must be capable 

of resisting corrosion and withstanding both extreme pressures and great mechanical strain 

during laying. 

 

 



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TELECOMS 

 

 



Nexans supplies two main families of products for the 

telecom


 sector: network cables and cable systems. 

Installations that are increasingly easy to expand 

combined with products that are increasingly compatible 

and simple to use make Nexans a European leader in 

this field which accounts for 

14 % of its business

.

 

 



Nexans offers a wide range of 

copper and optical fibre 

solutions

 (telecom network cables, interconnection 

systems and data transmission cables) that meet the 

needs of LAN, access, long distance and metropolitan 

networks. 

 

 



As regards data transmission cables, Nexans can supply 

a huge range of products

: switching cables, coaxial and 

multi-coaxial cables, multi-pair cables for analog or 

digital signals and electronic cables that have 

applications in a wide variety of fields:

 



aerospace



 (equipment for the fuselage, 

cockpit, undercarriage etc.),  

automotive



 (sensors for catalytic converters, 

automatic transmissions and ABS systems), 

microcomputing



,  

the 



medical sector

 (heart pacemakers, 

echography),  

railways and shipboard



,  

the 



military sector

 etc. 


 

Focus 

 

FTTH Council Europe 



 

Nexans joins the “Fibre-To-The-

Home” Council in order to 

promote the extension of fibre 

access in Europe. 

 

Comprised of over 25 European 



and global broadband industry 

leaders, and with a Board 

consisting of Alcatel, Cisco, 

Corning, ECI, Emtelle, Ericsson 

and OFS, the FTTH Council 

intends to offer its wealth of 

practical experience to 

government policy makers, 

network owners and potential 

FTTH operators to respond to the 

developing needs and demands 

of Broadband Europe. 

 

All Nexans products are designed and available with 



external protection that responds to changing 

environmental conditions: humidity, rodents, chemicals 

etc. The cables are supplied with the appropriate 

connection accessories. 

 

Key issues in the telecom sector



The race over the 'last mile': unbundling



 

The co-existence and complementarity of 



copper and optical fibre networks 

The growth in Local Networks 



The development of a second line for the 

Internet in Europe and equipping developing 

countries. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connector GG45  

Category 7 

 

 


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ELECTRICAL WIRES 

 

Nexans has a leading position in wire rods, bare wires and winding wires. 



The group produces around 800,000 tonnes of wires at 15 plants. 

 

 



 

Wire rods

 are semi-finished products used for bare wires. 

This is an intermediate solid wrought product with a 

roughly circular cross-section over its entire length (with a 

maximum cross-sectional dimension of over 6 mm), and is 

supplied in coils.

 

 

 



 

 

 



Bare wires

 

carry electricity, and have applications in 



cables, winding wires and railways. They are primarily 

copper and aluminium (and their respective alloys), 

sometimes with a tin or silver coating to enhance the 

material's performance, and are used in the manufacture 

of electrical wires

 



Bare wires are also used in non-electrical industries and 

businesses, such as 

jewellery

plastics technology, welding



 

etc.


 

 

 



Winding wires

 

are used as magnetic components in 



motors and the processing industries. 

 

Winding wires are designed specially for use, for example, 



in the 

manufacture of domestic appliance and automotive 

components

 such as relays and small motors, 

timers



solenoid valves and small transformers etc. 



Ultra-fine copper winding wires are used in all kinds of 

applications that rely on 

miniature winding

 techniques, 

particularly in the field of clock and watchmaking, relays 

and transponders etc. 

 

 

 



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THE MAIN ISSUES FOR THE CABLE INDUSTRY TODAY  

 

As a global player in the cable industry, Nexans has a duty to respond across the board to 

major issues such as environmental protection and improving safety. In answer to demands 

from its clients, Nexans is focussing its research in these two areas and is developing solutions, 

products and equipment that match the specific expectations and needs of each sector of 

industry.

 

As an industry, the cable market is itself faced with challenges that it must meet, such as 



deregulation, consolidation and business revival. 

 

 



 

Protecting the environment 

Nexans contributes to protecting the environment in many ways: 

We use 


non-polluting materials and components

 



The longevity of our equipment

 guarantees that the environment will not be 

damaged 

Our cables and other systems are 



resistant

 to 


extreme installation and operating 

conditions

 (great depths, difficult climate conditions, humidity, high temperatures, 

salt, chemicals etc). 

We are experts in 



burying high voltage lines which leave

 the countryside unspoilt 

We are committed to 



renewable energy sources

 



We are constantly mindful of the need to 

recycle


 equipment and installations 

 

 



Focus : An 'autonomous power supply' for an off-shore oil rig 

Once upon a time, power for deep sea platforms was provided by on-board diesel generating sets. Now 

they are powered by renewable hydroelectric energy generated on land - a source of energy that is far 

more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. This option involves the use of high voltage submarine 

cables which have to be laid on, and ideally beneath, the sea bed to withstand the many types of attack 

to which they are subject (anchors, trawler nets, low temperatures, sea currents etc). In addition, these 

cables are required to be non-polluting so as to prevent any adverse environmental impact.

 

 



Safety 

In terms of safety, the research work conducted by Nexans produces multiple applications. By 

way of an example, halogen-free fire resistant (HFFR) cables are used in construction, modern 

ships, tunnels, power stations, oil-processing plants etc. to provide enhanced safety for both 

personnel and property:

 



Optimum reliability

 

The need for reliability is greater at times of emergency when power supplies are 



vital. 

Continuity of operation 



One of Nexans' main objectives in cruise ships, for example, is to continuously 

improve the performance of HFFR cables so as to eliminate any risk of short-

circuiting and to supply cables that can operate even at temperatures over 

1000 °C. 

Non-propagation of fire



 

Non-toxic



, perfectly safe for people 

 

 



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PRESENTATION OF SOME KEY MARKETS 

 

 



NEXANS, a world expert in cables and cable systems for the 

Infrastructure

Industrial



 and 

Construction

 markets. 

 

 



 

Construction 

 

 

Oil 



 

 

Wind power 



 

 

Rail transport 



 

 

Shipbuilding 



 

 

Automotive 



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONSTRUCTION 

 

 

For 



commercial properties 

as well as 

industrial buildings and housing

, distributors, installers 

and engineering companies need systems which are efficient, modular, expandable and can 

meet the most stringent standards when it comes to the safety of the public and equipment. 

 

 

Nexans makes 



a wide range of cables for the most modern buildings

: high-capacity copper 

and optical fibre cables for horizontal and vertical cabling, lighting, security and power cables 

together with special cables for elevators etc. More than just a cable supplier, 

Nexans

 is a 


global integrator of systems

 



 

 

High-tech buildings: active and interactive spaces

 

Nexans supplies 



global turnkey solutions

 for high-tech buildings: university campuses, 

hospitals, offices, industrial sites etc. Nexans also provides audits, technical design work, 

project management, training, certification and maintenance. 

 

 

The technologies that are deployed in high-tech and smart buildings ensure 



efficient building 

management, improved comfort and optimum safety

. Specifically, they are used to minimise 

energy consumption by optimising air conditioning, heating and lighting in real time, and can 

help improve a company's productivity in real terms. 

 

 



Nexans cables also provide lighting and ensure the proper operation of controls in elevator 

cars. They can also be combined with optical fibres or telephone pairs for video and remote 

surveillance.

 

 



 

FOCUS :  

Grade 3 Residential Cabling Solution

 

 

In the context of the annual meeting of the ISO/IEC 

JTC1/SC25 Committee in charge of standardizing 

cabling systems for the service, industry and residential 

sectors, held from February 23 to March 2, 2004 in 

Bordeaux, France. Nexans today announced that it has 

provided all cable products, connectors and cords 

needed to implement a new Grade 3 residential 

infrastructure as defined by the UTE C90483 guide. 

 

In the forthcoming years, the Grade 3 infrastructure will 

replace the telecom infrastructure currently used in 

residential blocks and individual homes. With 

transmission performance up to 900MHz, this universal 

solution will allow both the reception of multiplexed TV 

channels over a DSL connection and the 

implementation of a Gigabit Ethernet LAN (operating at 

1,000 megabits per second) 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



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OIL 

 

 



 

 

 



The oil and gas industry is one of the most dynamic sectors 

of the global economy. It is also the 

focus

 of much 



topical 

debate


 on issues such as environmental pollution, climate 

change, the search for new and sustainable sources of 

development, biodiversity and globalisation.

 

 



 

Disasters associated with the oil industry, such as the oil 

slick released from the wreck of the Erika in France and 

the Prestige in Spain, are always in the news and damage 

an industry on which ever-growing demands are being 

made. 


 

 

 



April 2004: 

A 100 million euros  

contract in Libya…

 

 

…to supply high-voltage 

underground power transmission 

links in the country's two main 

cities, Tripoli and Benghazi. 

Nexans engineer, supply and 

install 190 km of extra-high-

voltage (275 kV) cables, 750 

connection accessories, 60 km of 

civil engineering infrastructure and 

60 km of telecommunications and 

remote control cables.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

As a result, petroleum companies look to their cable 

suppliers to provide 

more innovation

more safety 



and 

more reliability

 

 



Nexans responds to the demands made by oil and gas 

companies with a wide range of products for numerous 

services. The Group supply cables covering all stages of 

production:  

 



upstream, for 



exploration

 and 


extraction

,  


 

and downstream, 



for land-based refineries 

and distribution

 

 



Product Focus: HFFR 

Cables 

 

Nexans has perfected cables 

that do not propagate fire, that 

are halogen free and that give 

off a minimal amount of smoke. 

These cables are installed in 

district heating stations and sub-

stations to provide safety for 

personnel and equipment. In 

nuclear power stations these 

cables are required to meet 

exacting specifications for 

radiation resistance over the 40 

years life span of a reactor. 

 

 

 

 


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WIND POWER 

 

 

 

Nexans is investing in and concentrating its efforts on the 



development of equipment for other sources of energy. 

For many years now, Nexans' R&D teams have been 

developing technologies and products capable of 

meeting the 

needs of new companies that are generating 

and distributing energy

. Wind power is one of the 

possible alternatives.

 

 

'How can we produce more and pollute less?'



 

Long regarded as anecdotal sources of energy, wind 

farms and solar collectors are now increasingly seen as 

serious alternatives to 'all nuclear' or 'all oil'. 

 

 

The market for windmills is expanding rapidly. In Europe, 



the renewable energy directive is promoting the growth 

of a large number of programmes:

 



10,000 windmills have already been installed 



in Germany

, producing 12,000 Megawatts 

(MW) or 2.5 % of the country's total output. 

 



Denmark

 is a pioneering country in this 

respect, and plans to generate 20 % of its 

electricity from wind farms by the year 2030. 

 

The Brussels directive calls for



 12% of renewable energy 

over the coming years. 

By 2020, it is estimated that 

12% 


of the world's energy 

will be produced by wind. 

 

Over the next five years Nexans plans to win 25 % of a 



market that is currently estimated to be worth 200 million 

euros. 


 

A complex technology 

Generating electricity from wind is not as easy as you 

might suppose. The 'windmills' may look simple enough, 

but wind turbines are actually packed with highly 

advanced technology that requires complex cabling. In 

addition, the turbines are all interconnected to create a 

single homogeneous network within a wind farm. The 

farm's electric output is then routed by medium voltage 

cables to the public grid.  



 

 

 

 

 

A windmill is between  

60 and 120 metres high. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nexans is equipping 

  the world's largest off-shore 

 wind farm: 

Horns Rev in Denmark 

(80 windmills  

requiring 63 km of cable).  

  This Danish site began generating 

electricity in July 2002. For this 

project, Nexans supplied and 

installed an 150 kV submarine 

feeder cable over a distance of 

21 kilometres to link the farm  

to the terrestrial power  

transmission system.  

The capacity and length of 

this cable posed a real  

challenge for Nexans.

 

 



 

 

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RAIL TRANSPORT 

 

 



 

In their concern to be and remain competitive, rail 

network operators are currently engaging in large-

scale projects aimed at 

modernising their 

infrastructures

, both in terms of their 

integration in 

the environment

 and their 

safety

. Moreover, high-



speed, 

high capacity

 inter-urban traffic demands 

such changes.

 

 

 



As well as the 

refurbishment

 programmes currently 

under way in Germany, Switzerland and France, 

many 

new sites



 are proposed in Peru, Pakistan and 

the Czech Republic. 

 

 

Nexans has developed 



skills

 and 


special know-how

 

in this field. The Group designs and manufactures 



equipment specifically for railway systems, 

including: local networks for communications and 

control functions, overhead cables for catenaries, a 

range of low, medium and high tension power 

cables for traction and equipment and HFFR safety 

cables.


 

 

 



 

A 30 million euro contract to 

supply the entire cabling for 

the new rail tunnel through the 

Lötschberg in Switzerland 

 

With a length of 35 km, this will be 



Europe's longest tunnel when it opens to 

traffic in 2007. 

 

Nexans will be supplying high, medium 

and low voltage cables as well as all of 

the optical fibre links on the first 

transalpine rail connection between 

Basle and Milan . 

 

Work on installing the cables and cable 

systems will be carried out between 

2005 and 2007. 

 

 

 



 

Nexans also offers railway OEMs a complete range of high-tech products designed for use 

on 

rolling stock



. One of Nexans' latest achievements in this field is the development of 

special cable fitted to the motors of the new 'levitation' train recently inaugurated in 

Shanghai - the 

Transrapid.

 

 

For complex signalling and communications



, Nexans has developed local networks (LANs) 

that are based on the very latest multimode optical fibre technology for complex signalling 

and communications. 

 

Multipair copper cables for signalling and for switching are hybrid energy/telecom cables 



that carry low voltage power and two-way telecommunications for equipment on land. 

Nexans cables are sheathed and protected against electrical interference (for the TGV 

trains) and various external influences.

 

 



Finally, Nexans is meeting the challenge of 

globalisation

 by offering modular, expandable 

cables and accessories that can adapt to any system in the world, thereby responding to 

demands for increased compatibility. 


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SHIPBUILDING 

 

Nexans is the No. 1 supplier of cables to the shipbuilding 



industry. 

The Group offers a full program of products for all 

the cabling requirements of modern vessels

 



 

Nexans products range from high and low voltage power 

cables for supply and propulsion to instrumentation and 

control cables, and include connecting cables for measuring 

sensors, marine LAN cables, hybrid energy/data cables and 

all types of cables for comfort and leisure. Finally, Nexans 

can supply a vast range of components and accessories to 

assist with installation and maintenance. 



 

 

 

 

Its recent acquisition  

of the Korean Kukdong 

Electrical Wires Company 

makes Nexans the world leader 

in marine cables. 

 

 

 



 

For Nexans, the shipbuilding sector comprises 

shipyards

shipowners



 and 

sub-contracting 

engineers who supply the materials and offer turnkey installations, repairs etc. In this sector, 

the Northern Asiatic market represents 60 % of the world market. 

 

 

To ensure customer satisfaction for all of these clients, Nexans teams work tirelessly to create 



products that are increasingly efficient and cost-effective. Improvements are achieved on many 

different levels, including:

 



simplicity of installation



,  

the increased 



flexibility

 of the cables,  

and optimising our 



just-in-time service

 (when an order is accepted we pre-cut 

cables according to the needs of the client and the location where the cables will be 

installed). 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Nexans on board Queen Mary II 

 

The Queen Mary II is able to carry 3000 



people. Nexans supplies 3,000 km of halogen-

free cable that is non-flame-propagating and 

fire retardant (HFFR). 

These cables are used for power supply 

services, data transmission, remote surveillance 

and all of the ship's central functions. 

In the event of an accident, the HFFR cables can 

maintain the supply to items of equipment that 

are essential for the proper operation of vital 

functions of safety systems such as lighting, fire 

alarms, smoke extractor controllers and even 

the operation of fire doors. 



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AUTOMOTIVE 

 

 



Special   Plastic 

  Precision 

cables 

  Cables 

 Optical 

Fiber 

 

 

 



Special cables   

 

Coaxial  

Magnebond 

     Harnesses 

 

 

 

 

 

cables    

wires 

 

 



• 

Special cables for heated seats, automated 

windows, ABS systems… 

• 

Plastic Optical Fiber cables for advanced 



multimedia applications 

• 

Winding wires for small motors and many 



instruments

 

 



• 

Precision cables for aibags, brake-pads 

• 

Coaxial cables for communication and 



navigation systems 

• 

Magnebond wires used in various motor 



components 

• 

Automotive harnesses that link information 



and energy systems, etc.

 

 



Nexans supplies the automotive industry with a wide range of products. These include 

electrical harnesses, electrical wires, winding wires for electric motors, generators and 

transformers, power and control cables, wires for instrumentation, communications and even 

navigation. The smarter cars become, the greater the number of components, cables and 

connectors they need.

 

 



Nexans' automotive clients can be divided into two groups: 

major motor manufacturers

 

(Renault, BMW and Daimler-Chrysler etc.) or OEMs, and car 



component manufacturers

 (e.g. 


Valeo, Faurecia and Delphi).

 

 



It's a fact

 - there can be as many as 120 electric motors in a modern car

 

 

In the Mercedes S Class for example, the windscreen wipers, headlamps, rear-view mirrors, 



windows, seats - everything is operated by remote control, and controlled with the finger and 

the eye, thanks to electricity and the miles of on-board wiring. 



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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: A PRIORITY FOR NEXANS 

 

 

In 2004 we invested over 



47 million euros

 in Research and Development. 

 

 

Inventing new products and processes, monitoring emergent technologies, protecting 



innovations by patents, anticipating the needs of our clients - these are the main thrusts of 

Nexans strategy in the field of research. 

With our research activities in the fields of materials, processes and technologies for very high 

voltage AC and DC currents, in the fire resistant properties of equipment cables and in the 

development of new polymers and high temperature superconductors, we at Nexans are 

concerned to: 

 



enhance our status as leader in cables and accessories (product quality, economic 



processes and respect for the environment),  

increase our market shares (turnkey projects and services, interactions with the 



network), and  

prepare the markets of tomorrow (buried electrical connections, superconductive 



wires and cables).  

 

 



Build the future 

 

 

•  1 international research center 



•  9 competence centers 

•  450 researchers, engineers and technicians 

•  420 families of patents registered 

•  Leader Position on advanced technologies: 

Increased line capacities, Insulation 

materials, Plastic optical fiber, 

Supraconductors, Etc. 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

Some major technological advances achieved by Nexans: 

 



High voltage submarine cables made from cross-linked polyethylene 

High-performance AERO-Z aerial conductors  



The very latest cable laying techniques for all types of environment 

Plastic fibres used to transmit data in cars and homes 



Optical fibre cables with high bit rates 

Copper cables offering a multitude of different throughputs 



Interconnection solutions to suit any type of cable 

 

 


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The main avenues of research 

 

Polymers



 which significantly improve the performance of low and medium voltage cables and 

enhance their resistance to fire. Our research in this field concentrates on improving and 

developing the functional properties of polymers used in the manufacture of Nexans products. 

It is important to meet the challenges being posed by rapidly evolving markets demanding 

reliability in complex environments, a reduction in the total cost and economies of weight or 

volume.


 

 

 



Plastic optical fibre 

(POF) is more flexible and 

more robust than optical fibre made from silica. 

It is also easier to use and will soon be easier to 

manufacture too. That is why this technology has 

a successful future in store in the automotive, 

aeronautics and telecommunications industries. 

These new products are made from polymer 

materials and have the advantage of being 

extremely flexible. 

 

 

 



 

POF can twist in all directions without breaking or - and this is important - altering the ray of 

light it transmits. According to the experts at Nexans, POF should enjoy a boom in residential 

networks and LANs, telephone exchanges, medical imagery and industrial control. Working 

together with the major universities and its industrial partners, Nexans is involved in four major 

research contracts, one of which is supported by France's Ministry for the Economy, Finance 

and Industry.

 

 

 

Since April 2003,

 Nexans manufactures 

superconductor cable

 for US Department of Energy’s 

$30 million high temperature superconductor (HTS) power transmission cable project in the 

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) transmission grid project on Long Island. The 610 meter 

segment is the world’s first installation of a superconductor cable in a live transmission grid. 

 

Nexans fabricates the superconductor cable using HTS wire manufactured by American 



Superconductor (AMSC), a leading electricity solutions company. A Nexans CRYOFLEX 

vacuum-insulated flexible cryogenic envelope provides the thermal insulation required to 

maintain the cable core at its operating temperature of about -200°C. The 610 meter 

transmission circuit, capable of powering 300,000 homes, is located underground in an 

existing right of way. With a capacity of 600 MW, the 138 kV superconductor cable system is 

an integral part of the LIPA grid and is expected to be installed and operating by the end of 

2005. 


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APPENDIX 1 – Some Recent Milestones 

 

 

June 2005 



Nexans wins a 15 million Euro contract for the supply of fibre optic and copper 

cables to Atlas Telecom Network Romania 

Nexans has been awarded a 15 million Euro contract by Atlas Telecom Network Romania, a 

private Romanian telecom operator, for the supply of 2,300 km of fiber optic (FO) cables and 

approximately 6,000 km of copper telecom cables. 



 

Nexans: Global Expert in Aeronautics 

Nexans is proud to exhibit the industry’s most comprehensive range of aeronautic cables at 

the 46

th

 International Paris  Air Show in Le Bourget (France). Nexans covers all aeronautic 



applications from high temperature cables to data bus cables to low loss coaxial cables for 

onboard entertainment systems and fire-resistant wiring cables. 



 

Nexans fiber optic cable system to link Kuwait and Iran 

Nexans has been awarded a contract to supply all the submarine and land fiber optic cable, 

as well as cable accessories to create a new telecommunications link between Kuwait and 

Iran. The contract, which includes branches to Failakah (Kuwait) and Kharg (Iran) islands and 

the Soorosh oil platform, has been awarded by Emirates Telecommunications & Marine 

Services FZE (e-marine) who are constructing the link on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of 

Communications (MOC) and the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI). 

 

May 2005 



Nexans wins a 20 Million Euros turnkey contract for an energy and 

telecommunication link between Greece and Corfu 

Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded by the Public Power 

Corporation of Greece a 20 Million Euros contract for the supply and installation of submarine 

and terrestrial cables which will link Sagiada (Greece) to Agios Vassilios (Corfu). 



 

Nexans has developed a new steep terrain dredger/ sub-sea intervention vehicle 

for the demanding seafloor terrain of the Ormen Lange gas field on the 

Norwegian continental shelf 

Nexans has developed an innovative terrain dredger/sub-sea intervention system, called the 

Spider. The Spider is the only technology capable of levelling the seabed in steep areas. It 

combines powered tracks, with an articulated walking leg system, enabling it to function in 

very uneven sub-sea terrain with up to 35 degrees slope. The Spider is derived from the well 

proven Capjet trenching vehicle design and benefits from more than 15 years of experience in 

sub-sea vehicle design and operation. 

 

Contract for a submarine cable in Alaska

 

Nexans has been awarded a contract of approximately 7.5 million USD for the supply and 



installation of a 3 core 69 kV XLPE solid dielectric submarine cable. This 15 km transmission 

line, extending across Stephens Passage from North Douglas to Young Bay in Alaska, will be 

part of the South East Alaska Intertie project which aims to provide lower cost hydro electric 

generation to local communities. 

 


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April 2005 



Nexans wins 50 million Euros umbilical contract for Dolphin Gas Project 

Nexans has been awarded a 50 million Euro contract by Dolphin Energy to manufacture and 

install the chemical injection/control umbilicals for the Dolphin Gas project in the Middle East, 

one of the largest single energy initiatives ever undertaken in the Middle East. The two Nexans 

umbilicals, with respective lengths of 90 km and 75 km, will link two offshore platforms to the 

Dolphin Ras Laffan processing plant in Qatar.  



 

Nexans opens a new special cables plant in Shanghai, China 

Nexans has held a grand opening ceremony, in presence of Gérard Hauser, CEO of the 

Group, to mark the official start of production at its 22 million Euros special cable plant in 

Shanghai, China. The new plant, named Nexans (Shanghai) Wires and Cables Co., Ltd., 

covers a land area of about 50,000m

2

 in Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Shanghai and 



employs about 80 people. Nexans has imported all the equipment from Europe to ensure the 

same product quality as its European operations. 

 

March 2005 



Nexans launches LANmark EVO Snap-in Connectors 

Nexans announces the new generation of LANmark snap-in connectors: LANmark EVO. This 

new LANmark EVO series design has evolved from Nexans’ well established LANmark-5 & 

LANmark-6 snap-in connectors, and provides enhanced termination benefits for installers, 

including a saving of at least 20 percent in installation time, and is complemented by a new 

Universal Comfort Tool. 

 

Nexans wins a contract worth around 22 million Euros for submarine trenching 

services in the Ormen Lange gas field 

Nexans has been awarded a project worth around 22 million Euros for trenching services, by 

Hydro as operator for the Ormen Lange licence group, for two MEG (Mono Ethylene Glycol) 

pipelines and two umbilical cables serving the undersea gas field on the continental shelf 

around 120 km off the coast of Norway. 

 

Change in the structure of Nexans’ share capital 

Further to the investment operation of today, the whole of Alcatel’s shareholding in Nexans 

has been acquired by French and foreign investors. 

 

Nexans awarded submarine cable contract for Barrow Offshore Windfarm in 

United Kingdom 

Nexans has signed a deal worth more than 8 million Euros, with the consortium of Vestas 

Celtic Wind Technology Ltd and Kellogg Brown and Root Ltd (VKBR), to supply the Barrow 

Offshore Windfarm (BOW). This windfarm is located seven kilometres off Walney Island in the 

Irish Sea. Nexans will supply a 27.5 km 132 kV transmission cable, 22km of 33 kV infield 

cables and offshore/onshore site services. 

 

February 2005 



Nexans: a 51 million Euros project with Statnett 

Nexans has concluded an agreement with Statnett, the Norwegian national transmission 

system operator, to manufacture the cables for the deep-water section of NorNed, a high-

voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link connecting the power grids of Norway and the 

Netherlands. 

 


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em2c headquarters is Europe’s first building to be equipped with a Nexans 

Plastic Optical Fibre network 

Nexans, has installed a complete Plastic Optical Fibre (POF) cabling solution for the 

headquarters of em2c, a provider of corporate real estate solutions based in Lyon (France). 

This is the first building in Europe to be equipped with this state-of-the-art technology. The 

project was conducted in partnership with Nexans cabling solutions activities based in Belgium 

and the International Nexans Research Center (NRC) located in Lyon. 

 

January 2005 



Nexans: contract with Perenco in West Africa 

Nexans has been awarded a contract worth approximately 9 million Euros by Perenco, an 

independent European oil company, to deliver power and control cables for the development 

of its oil fields, located 40km off the coast of Gabon, West Africa. 

 

Nexans signs an exclusive cooperation agreement for plastic-metal composite 

pipe production 

Nexans announces that its Machinery unit based in Hanover in Germany has signed an 

exclusive cooperation agreement with the Austrian company Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH. This 

agreement concerns the sale of equipment used to manufacture plastic-metal composite 

pipes. 

 

Nexans to install the world’s first 420kV XLPE submarine power cable for the 



Ormen Lange development 

Nexans has won a contract worth around Euros 15 million to manufacture and install the 

world’s first 420kV XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) submarine power cable for the ongoing 

development of the Ormen Lange gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf. The customer 

is Statnett, Norway’s state-owned transmission system operator.  

 

November 2004 



Nexans launches ‘Snap-in’ 

LANmark-OF

  Fibre Connectivity 

Nexans has launched new range of optical fibre connectivity to provide complete solutions for 

every situation including Storage Area Networks and Data Centres. 

 

October 2004 



Nexans coordinates the first European project on second generation 

superconducting cable 

Nexans coordinates a European project “Super3C” (Super Coated Conductor Cable) for the 

development of a High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) energy cable using coated 

conductors as current carrying elements. 

 

Nexans first to offer 10 Gigabit copper guarantee 

Nexans is the first company to offer a LAN performance warranty explicitly guaranteeing 

support for the future 10Gbase-T Ethernet Application. Using their LANmark-7 cabling system 

and the Nexans GG45 Category 7 connector technology, Nexans guarantees support for 

10Gbase-T when it finally reaches the market. The heart of this solution is the GG45, the 

interface recommended by the ISO cabling standards for Category 7 and the only connector 

capable of backwards compatibility with current RJ45 interfaces. 

 


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September 2004 



Nexans Demonstrates Gigabit EthernetOver Extended Distances on Plastic 

Optical Fiber 

Nexans announced today that it has demonstrated that its Plastic Optical Fiber solution 

supports 850 nm serial transmission of Gigabit Ethernet over distances much greater than the 

275 meters that is specified in the IEEE 802.3z standard for conventional 62.5/125-micron 

optical fiber.   

 

Nexans to supply cables for the new lines in Spain’s high-speed train network 

(AVE) 

Nexans has signed a contract with Alcatel and Siemens - as relevant members of the Joint 

Venture formed by several companies - for the supply of signalling cables for the 3 high-speed 

train lines that are currently under construction in Spain, for a total of approximately 5 million 

euros. 

 

Nexans signs and closes an agreement with Superior Essex for the sale of its US 

based winding wires business 

Nexans announced today that it has signed and closed an agreement with the American 

company Superior Essex for the sale of its US based winding wires business currently operated 

by Nexans in its LaGrange plant (Kentucky, USA). The amount of this transaction is 

approximately 9 million euros, plus approximately 6 million euros in respect of accounts 

receivable due from customers, net of payables, to be realized by Nexans, making a total of 

15 million euros.  

 

August 2004 



Nexans presents new High Voltage Accessories at CIGRE 2004, in Paris 

During the exhibition, Nexans has presented two of its new High Voltage accessories : dry type 

GIS Sealing end type DTF and the premoulded cold-shrink joint type CMP for High Voltage 

cables with synthetic insulation. 



 

Nexans and Telefónica sign a contract for the supply of two million kilometers of 

conductors over the next two years  

Nexans announced today that it has signed a contract with Spain’s Telefónica for the supply of 

telecommunications cables amounting to about two million kilometers of insulated conductors 

over the next two years. 

 

July 2004 



Nexans awarded €1.5m Balise signalling cable contract for KORAIL (Korean 

National Railroad) 

 

Nexans awarded €47m umbilical contract  by  Hydro,  on  behalf  of  the  Ormen 



Lange license group.  

Connecting Nyhamna, Norway, to the Ormen Lange field, the umbilicals will supply hydraulic 

fluid, electrical power and fibre optic signals for subsea production systems, which are 

required to operate at approximately 850m waterdepth, 125 km from shore. 

 

Nexans starts construction of new Chinese manufacturing plant in Shangai for 

specialist applications such as thermoplastic, XLPE and cables for the nuclear power industry

 


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June 2004 



Nexans is chosen to supply fibre optic subsea cables for the COGIM ring system that 

will connect La Gaspésie with les Îles-de-la Madeleine, in Canada. More than 450 km of 

cable will be supplied in continuous lengths, which will be manufactured in Rognan, Norway

.  


 

Nexans announces tender offers and plans for voluntary de-listing for Nexans 

Korea and Kukdong Electric Wire 

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APPENDIX 2 - Who's Who 

 

 

Gérard Hauser 



Chairman and CEO 

Gérard Hauser is Chairman and CEO of Nexans since June 2001. Before 

joining Alcatel in 1996 to become President of the Cables and 

Components sector and member of Alcatel's Executive Committee, he held 

various key positions at Pechiney group. Whilst at Pechiney from 1975 to 

1996, he was first Sales Vice President for primary aluminium and CEO of 

the Trading activities, then CEO of Rolling activities (Pechiney Rhénalu) and 

finally COO of American National Can (Beverage cans) and Member of 

the Executive Committee of the group. From 1965 to 1975, he held 

various positions in Philips group in market research Department and was 

notably Sales Vice President for professionnal equipment. Gérard Hauser is 

a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. He was Maître de 

Conférences at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris

.

 



 

 

Pascal Portevin 



Executive Vice President Strategic Operations 

Until 2003, Pascal Portevin was President of the Telecom Division at 

Nexans. In 1999, he was appointed Managing Director of the General 

Market product line with the cables and Components sector of Alcatel after 

having headed its Telecommunications Cable operations. From 1993 to 

1996 he was Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Fibres Optiques, then 

Director of Operations of the Optical Fibres product line. From 1990 to 

1993 he was Technical Director of Alcatel North America when the 

Claremont (North Carolina) optical fibres factory was being built. He 

began his career with Câbles de Lyon in 1985

.

 

 



 

 

Yvon Raak 



Executive Vice President Europe Area 

Until 2003, Yvon Raak was Presdient of the Energy Division within Nexans. 

He joined the Cables and Components sector of Alcatel in 1999 as 

President of the Telecom Products Division within the Executive Committee. 

From 1997 to 1999 he was Senior Vice-President, Strategy & 

Management, of Alstom Énergie and Chairman and CEO of Alstom 

Énergie SA. He joined Alstom in 1992 as Director before being appointed 

Chairman and CEO of European Gas Turbine SA. He began his career 

with Alcatel as Plant Manager at the Jeumont plant of Câbleries de Lens.

 

 



Michel Lemaire 

Executive Vice President North America and Asia Area 

For several years, Michel Lemaire presided the Electrical Wires Division of 

Nexans. Before, he was Director of Human Resources at Alcatel Telecom 

France from 1996 to 1998. Prior to this, from 1993 to 1995, he was 

Director of Human Resources and Communication at Pinault-Printemps-

Redoute. He joined Saint-Gobain in 1984, also as Director of Human 

Resources.

 

 



 

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Bruno Thomas 

Executive Vice President Rest of the World Area 

Bruno Thomas was previously Senior Corporate Vice-President in 

charge of Strategic Operations, President of the Power Cables 

Division, President of the Board of Alcatel Kabel AG and Director of 

Industrial Strategy. In 1992 he was appointed Vice-President of Alcatel 

Câble, with responsibility for the France sector. He joined Alcatel in 

1986 as Managing Director of Câbleries de Lens with responsibility for 

the Benelux sector. He began his career with Usinor in 1968.

 

 

 



 

Véronique Guillot-Pelpel 

Senior Corporate Vice-President,

 

Communications 

In charge of public relations at BASF in France, then Information and 

External Relations Officer with Entreprise et Progrès, she became 

Communications Director of Compagnie Bancaire in 1983. In 1990 

she was appointed Communications Director with Paribas, and in 

1998 became a Member of the Executive Committee and Human 

Resources and Communications Director of this Group. She was 

President of Entreprises et Médias between 1996 and 1998.

 

 



 

 

François Saint-Dizier 



Senior Corporate Vice-President, Human Resources 

François Saint-Dizier was Director of Industrial Relations and 

Communication at Câbleries de Lens until 1987. Before joining Alcatel 

in 1982 he held various positions in Administration and Human 

Resources within a subsidiary of the Pierre Fabre Group from 1972 to 

1982.


 

 

 



Frédéric Vincent 

Chief Financial Officer 

Frédéric Vincent joined Alcatel in 1986 and then the Cables and 

Components sector in 1989 where, in 1994, he was appointed Deputy 

Managing Director (Administration and Finance) of Alcatel's undersea 

telecommunications operations, and in 1997 of Saft, Alcatel's battery 

division. From 1978 to 1985 he was a member of a major British firm 

of auditors.

 

 



 

 

Document Outline

  • June 2005
  • PRESS CONTACTS
  • Some Key Dates
          • Factfile 2004
            • INTRODUCTION
  • Nexans joins the “Fibre-To-The-Home” Council in o
              • THE MAIN ISSUES FOR THE CABLE INDUSTRY TODAY
              • PRESENTATION OF SOME KEY MARKETS
              • CONSTRUCTION
  • Grade 3 Residential Cabling Solution
      • In the context of the annual meeting of the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC25 Committee in charge of standardizing cabling systems for the service, industry and residential sectors, held from February 23 to March 2, 2004 in Bordeaux, France. Nexans today announced that
                • OIL
                • RAIL TRANSPORT
                  • Nexans on board Queen Mary II
                • Build the future
            • The main avenues of research
          • Nexans wins 50 million Euros umbilical contract for Dolphin Gas Project
            • Nexans opens a new special cables plant in Shanghai, China
  • em2c headquarters is Europe’s first building to b
                • Nexans: contract with Perenco in West Africa
          • Nexans to install the world’s first 420kV XLPE su
  • Nexans first to offer 10 Gigabit copper guarantee
  • Nexans is the first company to offer a LAN performance warranty explicitly guaranteeing support for the future 10Gbase-T Ethernet Application. Using their LANmark-7 cabling system and the Nexans GG45 Category 7 connector technology, Nexans guarantees sup
            • Nexans signs and closes an agreement with Superior Essex for the sale of its US based winding wires business
    • During the exhibition, Nexans has presented two of its new High Voltage accessories : dry type GIS Sealing end type DTF and the premoulded cold-shrink joint type CMP for High Voltage cables with synthetic insulation.
  • Nexans awarded €1.5m Balise signalling cable cont


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