Nexans : Pioneering The Next Generation Of Electric Power Transmission

Christopher Guérin, Ceo, NexansChristopher Guérin, CEO
With over a century of experience in the electric power industry, Nexans has been playing a crucial role in the ever-evolving landscape of electric power. Its advanced cabling technologies have offered smooth power transmission while enhancing the networking infrastructure for countless organisations. Nexans does more than just selling bare conductors to connect two points for aerial transmission. It offers highly integrated, tailor-made cabling solutions that optimise a customer’s power network for years to come while assuring its evolution to meet customers’ growing energy needs.

Its complete suite of solutions is validated with worldwide hardware and fittings manufacturers and standards, with fully compatible accessories and detailed stringing and laying instructions. Moreover, as a key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable energy future, Nexans designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in four main business areas: Building and Territories including utilities and mobility; High Voltage and Projects covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, and Industry and Solutions comprising renewables, transportation, oil and gas, automation, and others.

The Industry Prowess

The high-voltage project segment is one of the most important business areas for Nexan’s ecosystem of solutions. With the continuous expansion of offshore wind farms and other renewable energy sources — along with their local, regional and international interconnection needs — the demands for increasingly efficient and robust cabling and connection solutions have increased manifold. Against this backdrop, Nexan’s trustful R&D department searches for the most efficient and suitable materials for designing the latest cabling solutions that ensure seamless power transmission. Adjacently, Nexans provides onsite supervision during installation to assure faultless installations of all their systems as well.

Whenever Nexans proposes a solution for high-voltage projects, it begins with preliminary studies that consider fundamental parameters such as design capacity, environmental limitations, system losses, operating and maintenance costs, and upgradeability to determine a target network configuration. Based on a detailed study of those parameters, the company devises a fitting solution for the client, totally in tandem with their requirements.

At the same time, being one of the world’s leading structured cabling solution providers also helps Nexans to have a huge footprint in the telecom sector as well. Together with the growing demand for more powerful IT networks, bandwidth requirements are rapidly surging. The primary reason is an uptick in mobile devices that are increasingly connected to networks and cloud applications. To implement and manage all this in a cost and resource-efficient way, while assuring the flexibility of IT networks, Nexans helps businesses make smart choices to select the best solution for their structured cabling infrastructure. These range from copper and fibre cabling systems to active network switches for Fibre to The Office (FTTO) installations.

The company has recently developed a “Fibre in the Digital Ceiling” concept, designed as a data control network and connected throughout an entire building via an overhead honeycomb configuration, offering a significant number of connection points.
This way, devices can be linked to building automation. Network switches, sensors, controls, WLAN access points and other distributed building services are simply plugged in and immediately powered and connected to the network.

Apart from handling high-voltage projects and providing cabling solutions for the telecom sector, Building & Territories is one of Nexans’ core businesses, in terms of scale and global reach, representing roughly 40 percent of total revenue in 2018. In mature markets, the drive towards connected cities and increased energy efficiency is a key growth area. At the same time, in regions such as Africa and South America, there is a constant demand for off-grid systems to bridge the overwhelming electrification divide. But Nexans is well-positioned to meet these needs and provide new-fangled cabling solutions that would give way to sustainable communities and smart cities.

Last but not least, Nexan has also made its presence felt throughout the industry and solutions market, where Nexans’ business activity is focused on automation, renewables and wind OEMs, aerospace, rail and rolling stock, and also downstream oil and gas. With global megatrends like energy transition, mobility revolution and smart infrastructures opening up a whole realm of opportunities, Nexans’ goal is to support OEMs with customised cabling and connectivity solutions for all their power, data transmission and automation needs.

Capitalising on the strengths of its industry-leading solutions and top-notch customer support, Nexans has quite understandably countless success stories across the globe. One noteworthy highlight is the project Nexans took up for Statnett, the Norwegian state-owned enterprise responsible for owning, operating and constructing the stem power grid in Norway. Using Nexans’ innovative cabling solutions, Statnett has energised a 68 km overhead transmission line connecting central Norway to western Norway to reduce the energy deficit in central Norway. Moreover, since nearly 8.5 km of the transmission line runs through a protected nature reserve, it needed to be ‘invisible’, making it more acceptable to local residents. On that note, Nexans deployed a unique surface treatment to manufacture the green colouredaluminium wires that help to blend the conductors in with the environment. The coating does not have any adverse effect on the aluminium wire substrate, and the conductors remain easy to connect with the colour showing no fading effect over time.

The Leap into a Sustainability-Driven Future

Proud of its enduring history spanning over 120 years of innovation, flagship projects and international growth, Nexans is writing a new chapter to lead the change towards a new world of electrification, which is safer, sustainable, renewable, decarbonised and accessible to everyone. Along these lines, Nexans has started strengthening its global wind network and ramping up its production capacities to meet the growing demand for clean energy and electricity in the world. Nine months after the company opened a wind energy facility in Poland, Nexans has extended its presence in China and has unveiled a new cable harness production facility in the city of Tianjin. The facility will increase Nexans’ production capacity in China and help bolster the country’s clean energy supply chain during a time of unprecedented market growth. What’s more, Nexans has pledged to contribute to carbon neutrality by 2030 and is the first cable solutions provider to create a foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide.

Finally, staying true to its commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cabling solutions for powering a technology-driven future, Nexans will continue to safeguard the future of innumerable organisations. All with innovation in overhead design while maintaining a continuous supply of products from its plants around the world to ensure the best operational results for their customer’s networks. Bringing a century of experience to the table, Nexans will continue to play a quintessential role in building the future of electrical power for the days to come.
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Christopher Guérin, CEO

As one of the world’s leading cabling solution providers, Nexans designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities and emobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, land high voltage), Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation with automotive, railway and aerospace, automation) and Telecom & Data (including terrestrial and submarine fiber optic networks, Local Area Network systems, data centers and mobile networks). The group has also pledged to contribute to carbon neutrality by 2030 and was the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide