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Prysmian to build new production facility in USA for High and Extra High Voltage cables.


Milan, Italy


Confirming its market leadership position, Prysmian recently secured major Submarine and High Voltage cable project assignments in the United States.


Prysmian Cables & Systems, a global leader in Power and Telecommunication Cables and Systems, will invest approximately 25 million Euro (the investment was discussed in the last HY Board of Directors meeting) to expand its manufacturing operations in the United States to produce High and Extra-High Voltage power cables by the first half of 2009. In North America, Prysmian presently has four production plants, two in the USA (Abbeville and Lexington, South Carolina) and two in Canada (St. Jean, Quebec, and Prescott, Ontario). In 2006 NA represented 17% of the total Prysmian group’s sales, amounting to over 5 billion euro.

The new facility, to be located in Abbeville, South Carolina, adjacent to its existing Medium and Low Voltage power cable manufacturing facility, will consist of a state of the art Vertical Continuous Vulcanization (VCV) process housed in a 325 foot tower scheduled to begin operation within the first half of 2009. As a result of this investment, Prysmian will further reinforce its market leadership position and expand its North America product range to include Extra High Voltage Extruded power cables. As a global player, Prysmian operates several plants dedicated to High and Extra High Voltage power cables in France, Finland, South America, Italy and China.

This investment in High and Extra-High Voltage power cables will better position Prysmian to serve the North American commercial and utility markets’ growing needs and support underground transmission system development in North America. Prysmian’s proven ability to design, install and maintain such underground transmission networks utilizing extruded power cable at Extra High Voltage ratings, underscores this strategic investment. Prysmian’s North American High Voltage customers include Commonwealth Edison, Consolidated Edison, Nevada Power, NUSCO, APS and Hydro Quebec.

In the United States, Prysmian has recently been awarded strategic projects in the Submarine power link sector including the Trans Bay cable project in California, and in the High Voltage transmission link sector the Glenbrook Cables/Middletown-Norwalk 115kV underground High Voltage cable project and part of the 24-mile Middletown-Norwalk 345kV project, which is the largest XLPE cable installation of its class in North America.

A leading player in the industry of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunication, the Prysmian Group is a truly global company with sales exceeding 5 billion euro in 2006 and a strong position in higher-added value market segments. With its two business, Energy Cables & Systems (submarine and underground cables for power transmission and distribution for industrial applications and for the distribution of electricity to residential and commercial buildings) and Telecom Cables & Systems (optical cables and fibres and copper cables for video, data and voice transmission), Prysmian boasts a global presence with subsidiaries in 34 countries, 54 plants in 20 countries, 7 Research & Development Centres in Europe, USA and South America, and over 12,000 employees. Specialising in the development of products and systems designed to meet clients' specific requirements, Prysmian's key strengths include a focus on Research & Development, the capacity to be innovative on products and production processes, and the use of advanced proprietary technologies. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange Blue Chip index.

Prysmian Group 
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With sales of some €8 billion in 2011, about 22,000 employees across 50 countries and 97 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and provides the widest range of products, services, technologies and know-how. In the Energy sector, Prysmian Group operates in the business of underground and submarine power transmission cables and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. In the Telecom sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry, offering a complete range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in the Blue Chip index.


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