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Nexans Acquires a Majority Stake in China Power Cable Business

Nexans has announced the signing of an agreement with the Shandong Yanggu Cable Group to create a joint venture based on Shandong Yanggu’s power cable business in China. Nexans will hold 75% and Shandong Yanggu will hold 25% of the JV.

Founded in 1985 and located in Shandong province in Northern China, Shandong Yanggu is one of the leading manufacturers of power cables in China. In 2010, the sales of its power cable businesses totaled 1.3 billion RMB (approximately 150 million euros). The company has three manufacturing facilities producing extra and high voltage, medium voltage, and low voltage power cables and employs approximately 1,200 people. The company has also recently completed a major investment program to enhance its industrial capability.

Shandong Yanggu is fully qualified by the State Grid Corporation of China to produce 110-kV and 220-kV cables. The company supplies energy infrastructure cables to SGCC, power generation groups and various other industries.

“China is the largest, fastest growing market for Energy Infrastructure in the world. This investment reinforces our presence in this exciting market and is consistent with our long term strategy to grow in emerging markets. We are pleased to be entering this joint venture with the Shandong Yanggu Cable Group. They are a well respected supplier in the Chinese market and we look forward to building this business and serving Chinese and Asian based customers with them,” said Frédéric Vincent, chairman and CEO of Nexans.

“Nexans is a worldwide cable leader; to cooperate with Nexans will further reinforce our positioning in the market. We are confident that our joint venture, being welcomed by the relevant authorities, will be developed as one of the most significant cable manufacturers in China and in Asia,” said Li Ming Suo, chairman of Shandong Yanggu.

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