Prysmian debuts extra high voltage power cable plant

Abbeville, S.C., October 2, 2009 — Prysmian Cables and Systems, a power and telecommunication cable company, launched an extra high voltage, vertical continuous vulcanization (VCV) power cable factory in North America.

The 16-story structure and $46 million plant in Abbeville, S.C., reduces the need for North American imports of extruded extra high voltage technology, paper oil impregnated cable types and overhead power lines.

The 373-ft. tower incorporating the VCV process extends the existing Prysmian medium and low voltage cable manufacturing facility in Abbeville by 140,000 sq. ft. The investment also includes a state of the art 460kv extra high voltage testing capability.

In North America, Prysmian operates four production plants: two in the U.S. (Abbeville and Lexington, S.C.) and two in Canada (St. Jean, Quebec, and Prescott, Ontario). Prysmian’s High Voltage Systems design and Installation business activities are located in South Plainfield, N.J.

Prysmian collectively employs more than 500 South Carolina residents and over 800 associates in North America. In 2008, North America represented 11.8 percent of the total Prysmian group’s sales, amounting to over $896 million.

Prysmian’s North American high voltage customers include major public utilities, utility contractors and private development groups.

Prysmian operates 14 plants dedicated to high and extra high voltage power cables in the US, Canada, France, Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

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