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ABB sells cables business to NKT cables for $934m

The business is part of ABB’s power grids division, which is currently undergoing a strategic review

NKT Cables is acquiring ABB’s global high-voltage cable system business for $934m.
NKT Cables is acquiring ABB’s global high-voltage cable system business for $934m.

NKT Cables is acquiring ABB’s global high-voltage cable system business for $934m.

High voltage cables are key components in sustainable energy networks, used for transmitting large amounts of electricity over long distances. The business is part of ABB’s Power Grids division, which is currently undergoing a strategic review.

NKT Cables designs, manufactures and supplies power cables for low-, medium- and high-voltage solutions mainly in the alternating current (AC)-area.

“We are combining two strong cable portfolios rooted in a shared Nordic heritage that will be more competitive on a larger scale under NKT Cables’ ownership, while maintaining access to supply through a long-term strategic partnership,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

“The combination of our niche cable system business with the strength of NKT Cables demonstrates our commitment to active portfolio management, a key element of our Next Level strategy.”

Michael Hedegaard Lyng, president and CEO of NKT Cables, said: “ABB’s high-voltage cable business will add considerable strength to our portfolio and bring us a world-class manufacturing operation. We will leverage the technology, domain competence and highly skilled workforce to grow this business.”

 

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