nkt cables acquires Chinese high voltage cable factory

The agreement should be seen in connection with the stock exchange announcement no. 7 from 26 March 2009 and the subsequent notice in NKT’s second interim report dated 25 August 2009.

The acquisition is part of nkt cables’ strategy for expanding its presence on the growing Chinese market. China is now the most rapidly expanding business area for nkt cables, driven by considerable investments in the infrastructure for power supply and transport. The acquisition should be seen in the context of nkt cables’ current presence in China, where they produce and sell medium voltage cables and overhead catenary systems for high speed trains.

nkt cables expects to close the transaction no later than 1 January 2010, and the intervening months will be used to put the final formalities in place and to complete due diligence examinations. The cable factory is relatively newly established and nkt cables' knowhow, references and accessories assortment will - in combination with the acquired high voltage cable manufacturing competences - constitute a compelling offering to the market. The factory has three main production lines and can produce and test cables up to 500 kV.

nkt cables has had a presence in China for almost 15 years and in this period nkt cables has developed a production and sales platform with considerable expertise, particularly in medium voltage cables and accessories, as well as catenary wires for high speed trains. These activities are expected to result in sales worth more than 100 mEUR in 2009.

The acquisition of Xinhua Cables supplements this platform with production competences for high voltage cables up to 500 kV. Based on the expected expansion of the Chinese transmission grid and steadily growing urbanisation, this acquisition is expected to provide support for growth in China of 50% in the coming years.