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ABB and Niedax Group to Create Joint Venture to Meet Growing Demand for Cable Tray Systems in North America

May 10, 2024

ABB and Niedax Group to Create Joint Venture to Meet Growing Demand for Cable Tray Systems in North America
(1/2) Bjoern Kleister, Head of Strategy & Business Development, ABB Installation Products, Khalid Mandri, President of ABB Installation Products, Bruno Reufels, Chief Executive Officer of Niedax Group, and Cornelius Steele, Member of the Executive Board, Niedax Group
  • Integrates strengths of ABB and Niedax Group to deliver a complete solution offering and enhanced customer value
  • Expands North American cable tray manufacturing capabilities to serve evolving customer needs
  • Builds on decades of innovation to accelerate collaboration and product development

Electrification and automation leader ABB and Niedax Group, a leading global supplier of cable management systems, have entered into an agreement to form a new 50/50 joint venture. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Expected to close and commence operations in Q4 2024, the collaboration will integrate the North American cable tray businesses of ABB’s Installation Products Division and Niedax Group into a new joint venture. The plan is to deliver advanced solutions and services to electrical contractors, distributors and systems integrators across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Demand for cable tray systems has steadily increased and is estimated to be one of the fastest-growing areas of electrical components within North America. Used in electrical systems across a broad range of applications such as electric power distribution, communications and technology, construction, manufacturing and more, cable tray provides structural support and organization for electrical cables, raceways and conductors. As demand for electricity continues to grow, the joint venture will leverage the strengths and resources of ABB and Niedax Group to deliver greater customer value through a comprehensive solution offering, enhanced logistics capabilities, local R&D and production, and specialized services.

“Growth in many of the industries we serve is driving increased demand for cable tray products and services. Partnering with Niedax Group will create new opportunities, accelerate collaboration and product development, and maximize value for our cable tray customers coast-to-coast,” said Khalid Mandri, President, ABB Installation Products Division. “With complementary offerings, advanced manufacturing capabilities, deep industry relationships and a shared focus on high-performance products, establishing this joint venture enables us to work together to pioneer future-ready cable management solutions to support growth in these transitioning industries.”

ABB and Niedax Group to Create Joint Venture to Meet Growing Demand for Cable Tray Systems in North America
(2/2) A selection of ABB Installation Products cable management systems: T&B® Cable Tray, Aluminum Ladder tray, T&B® Cable Tray, Aluminum Ventilated tray, T&B® Cable Tray, Aluminum Solid trough tray

The planned joint venture will offer ABB Installation Products, T&B® Cable Tray and ExpressTray® Steel Wire Basket Tray product lines, as well as Niedax Group’s MonoSystems®, Canadian Electrical Raceways and other Niedax® product lines. The combined product portfolio of cable management solutions will be extensive, spanning a wide range of configurations, finishes and types of cable and ladder trays, wire baskets, channel and perforated tray, floor systems and boxes, accessories and fittings. Customers will have the ability to customize solutions to meet their needs.

“The intention to form a joint venture represents a significant milestone in our strategy to drive sustainable growth and enhanced customer value,” said Bruno Reufels, CEO of Niedax Group. “By integrating ABB’s extensive expertise in digital technologies and trusted brands and Niedax’s industry-leading cable management systems, we are well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of our customers and bring our combined expertise to emerging opportunities in the North American market.”

ABB’s Installation Products Division and Niedax Group are working to ensure a smooth transition for the more than 200 employees across the U.S. and Canada who will be part of the new organization. The team will include engineering, manufacturing and R&D specialists, and sales and product management experts. The companies aim to build on their combined expertise to expand their existing product portfolio and leverage automated and sustainable manufacturing practices to drive increased efficiency and value within the electrification industry.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on over 140 years of excellence, ABB’s more than 105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com

Niedax Group is one of the leading suppliers of cable management systems worldwide. It is operating at 67 locations, including 23 production sites, in over 30 countries. More than 2,500 employees are currently working for Niedax Group. Niedax offers around 50,000 items in the electrical installation sector. Its products are mainly used in public buildings, tunnels, infrastructure projects, industrial and automotive plants, maritime systems, as well as in the energy sector and shipbuilding. The Niedax Group, headquartered in Linz/Rhine, Germany, has been family-owned since its founding in 1920. More information: www.niedax-group.com.

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ABB Expands Installation Products Plant in Canada

ABB is investing CA$16 million in its Installation Products Division manufacturing facility in Pointe-Claire, Canada. This enables expanded production capacity to meet the growing needs of customers from coast to coast.

“ABB’s investment is part of a five-year strategy to integrate new digital processes and automation across our operations,” says Matthias Heilmann, President, ABB Installation Products Division. “With our customer-first approach, this enables us to further innovate our products and manufacturing capabilities to meet the specific needs of the Canadian market.”Matthias Heilmann, President, ABB Installation Products Division

The expansion will create over 60 full-time jobs in the upgraded 75,000 square foot facility to deliver the legacy Canadian brands produced by ABB’s Pointe-Claire facility. These include Marrette® wire connectors, the NuTek® series of non-metallic thermoplastic boxes, and Snap-it® plastic fittings. The site also produces Carlon® PVC products and other components used in a range of Canadian product lines.

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