Power to life since 1891

A story of constant innovation

Our journey has been a story of constant innovation in developing the cable solutions that are the backbone of our modern world. From the twinkling of the first light bulbs to the high-voltage megawatts created by renewable energy, NKT has been a trusted partner creating the vital links powering the world.

Advancing technology has demanded higher specifications and performance from the cables and wires that make the connections. The growing needs for power, have been considerable, but they have been met through an unceasing commitment to development. This drive has resulted in many world firsts for NKT, making the company a globally respected name.

NordLink HVDC submarine cable pulled in to Germany

Since 1891

We go back to 1891 when ship-owner H. P. Prior saw the potential in making high quality wire for power distribution and for the new-fangled telephone. He founded NKT during the second industrial revolution where coal and gas were giving way to electricity as the source of domestic and industrial power

H.P. Prior was part of the band of 19th Century entrepreneurs and industrialists who paved the way towards the degree of comfort and convenience demanded by modern life in a world running on electrical power. Within seven years of establishment the company had grown and was listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange as Nordiske Kabel og Traadfabriker, NKT.

Today with locations in more than 14 countries and manufacturing facilities in Germany, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway and Denmark, NKT is a world-leader in cable technology contributing to the digital age of the fourth industrial revolution and the global transition to renewable energy.

Timeline

Join us on our journey since 1891

2018 - Kriegers Flak

NKT helps Energinet construct the massive Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm, which will deliver climate friendly energy to more than 600.000 households

Turnkey high voltage cable installation offshore at Kriegers Flak

2017 - A year full of activities

Cable laying vessel NKT Victoria laying a cable
NKT flaf flying in the wind with grey sky
Sectional view of 640 kV extruded high-voltage DC cable
ABB HV Cables
Dynamic cable being installed offshore on wave energy converters

2013 - Ericsson

Acquisition of Ericsson power cable operations, Sweden

Universal cable hung up as an overhead line

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

HV offshore cable beeing produced

2011 - QADDY®

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

Installer walking by a Qaddy® standing in a hallway

2010 - New state-of-the-art plant

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

Exterior view of production site in Cologne

2007 - Kablo Electro & CCC GmbH

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

Image of production site Velke Mezirici

2001 - Development of a superconducting cable

NKT became the first company to develop a superconducting cable

Sectional view of superconducting cable

1999 - Felten & Guilleaume Kabelwerke

Acquisition of Felten & Guilleaume Kabelwerke GmbH, Germany

Felten & Guilleaume building in Schanzenstrasse in 1951

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.

Installer stripping a halogenfree cable

1993 - Lead free cables

First in the world to introduce lead free installation cables

Low voltage cable being scaled by installer

1993 - Śląska Fabryka Kabli

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

Cable production site

1986 - 145 kV XLPE cables

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

145 kV XLPE cables

1960

NKT develops the first methods to recycle cable scrap

Crane lifting cable scrap

1954 - World´s first HVDC MI offshore cable

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

Black and white historical photo of the IEEE link

1891 - Our foundation

The Dane Hans Peter Prior founded Nordiske Kabel- og Traadfabriker A/S

Portrait of H.P. Prior
High voltage manufacturing site in Karlskrona, Sweden

Strategy

The best power cable company in the eyes of our customers and employees

Installation planning of high voltage dry type terminations in Tirol

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