The Shanghai Transrapid

Mönchengladbach, March 10, 2003 - With the VIP trip of the Transrapid train in Shanghai, China, on December 31, 2002,   speeding to its destination at 431 km/h, in the presence of Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Nexans' participation in this project was successfully concluded.

The first commercially operated maglev [magnetic levitation] train  connects Shanghai's international airport Pudong with the Long Yang Road subway station in the business center of  the town.

In partnership with ThyssenKrupp, Nexans' Mönchengladbach facilities and other European production sites completed production and installation of the motor winding cable in just 18 months, starting in 2001.

The long stator winding is a key component in the maglev technology, providing the necessary non-contact driving power by the so-called travelling field winding.

The delivery scope for the 30 km Transrapid  track comprised 1,000 km of rubber-insulated 20 kV travelling field winding, 150 km of grounding cables, 40 km of connecting cables, 2,000 couplers, 700 sealing ends, and a variety of additional components.  In just 7 months, installations on site were completed by 30 supervisors from Nexans, intensively trained for this job in Germany and in China, in collaboration with the Chinese personnel.

Thanks to its long experience and the professional processing of this order with its innovative technology, Nexans is perfectly positioned for future projects, and is now hoping for follow-up orders. The project which, among other things, required new investments in Nexans' production facilities, had a substantial share in stabilizing the Mönchengladbach works' capacity utilization.




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