About us

+125 years of experience

With presence in 18 countries and 37 locations and some of the markets most modern manufacturing facilities in Germany, Sweden, Poland, Czech, Norway and Denmark, NKT is a world leader in cable technology.

Founded in 1891 during the second industrial revolution as Nordisk Elektrisk Ledningstråd og kabel-fabrik, the company pioneered the cable industry in the Nordics. In 1898, the company became listed on the stock exchange in Copenhagen under the name Nordiske Kabel og Traadfabriker (NKT).

Between 1919 and 1933, Nordiske Kabel Traadfabriker acquired a number of  Danish companies, and its position in the European market was reinforced with the acquisition of the German company Felten & Guilleaume Kabelwerke GmbH in 1999. From there NKT began expanding its presence and influence across the globe. Since 2000, NKT has acquired companies in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Australia, most recently the Ericsson power cable operations (2013) and ABB HV Cables (2017), both Sweden.

Our dedication to regeneration of the environment is for example NKT introduced the first ways to recycle cable scrap in 1960 and later we launched the world's first lead-free cable. Our commitment to environmental issues has lead to two awards. In 1991 our recycling plant in Stenlille won the EU environmental for our innovative use of jelly in recycling cables. In 2002 NKT received an EU environmental award for the development and marketing of PVC and halogen free NOPOVIC® cables. In recent years we have underlined our focus on sustainability with the opening of a factory in Cologne, Germany, designed to considerably reduce energy consumption and adding another state-of the art factory in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Today, NKT  masters the fourth industrial revolution, with our energy transportation expertise, and cost-effective manufacturing facilities at the highest technological level. Our extensive experience has taught us that the most valuable solutions, from high quality cables to electrical infrastructure, and turnkey deliveries, are created with a “glocal” mind-set through trusted partnerships, and a shared willingness to embrace and drive change.

As the timeline shows below, one of the secrets of success is our ability to keep on top of the latest changes in technology and society.

2017

May 2017

NKT Victoria

Naming of the new purpose-built state-of-the-art cable-laying vessel

May 2017

NKT rebrand

Change of name from nkt cables to NKT and launch of new look

April 2017

World's first commercial 640kV cable

NKT is the first cable provider to launch a tested and qualified 640kV DC underground cable

March 2017

ABB HV Cables

Acquisition of ABB HV Cables, Sweden, completing NKT offer with solutions within DC and offshore cablelaying

2013
Ericsson

Acquisition of Ericsson power cable

operations, Sweden

2012
Largest submarine cable in the world

Offshore cable with a diameter of 270 mm. The largest submarine cable in the world. A Turnkey project in Denmark.

2011
QADDY®

Introduction of QADDY®, a unique cable drum and trolley in one.

2010
New state-of-the-art plant

Opening the new state-of-the-art production plant in Cologne, Germany

2007
Kablo Electro & CCC GmbH

Acquisition of Kablo Electro, Czech Republic and of CCC GmbH, Germany

2001
Development of a superconducting cable

NKT became the first company to develop a superconducting cable

1999
Felten & Guilleaume Kabelwerke

Acquisition of Felten & Guilleaume Kabelwerke GmbH, Germany

1995
PVC and halogen-free cables and cords

Introduction of a completely new range of PVC and halogen-free cables and cords. The new products were developed and introduced for environmental and safety reasons.

1993
Śląska Fabryka Kabli

Acquisition of shares of Śląska Fabryka Kabli (Poland) by nkt cables A/S (Denmark)

1986
145 kV XLPE cables

NKT produced the world’s first cross-linked 145 kV XLPE cables

1960

NKT develops the first methods to recycle cable scrap

1954
World´s first HVDC MI offshore cable

NKT launches the first HVDC MI submarine cable. connecting Gotland with the Swedish mainland

1922
First telephone cables

NKT was the first company to make telephone cables

1891
Our foundation

The Dane Hans Peter Prior founded Nordiska Elektrisk Ledningstråd og kabelfabrik

Strategy, Vision & Purpose

Our strategy, our vision and our purpose are the cornerstones for our success

Values

Our values describe the behaviors we display to achieve excellence

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