13. November 2007

HARTING Electric GmbH and Nexans Active Networking Systems (ANS) announce cooperation

HARTING Electric, one of the leaders in electrical and electronic connectors and a manufacturer of high-quality network components, has confirmed the signing of a cooperation agreement with Nexans, the world market leader in the cable industry.

This partnership is a logical response to the rising demand for intelligent solutions in the field of industrial automation and will enable both companies to offer a comprehensive range of products in the marketplace. Nexans and HARTING are already producing active systems for Ethernet networks.

The partnership amalgamates the strengths of both companies – HARTING’s expertise in producing and marketing Ethernet network solutions for industrial automation and the Nexans‘ know-how in the development of hardware and software for office applications. The topic of Automation IT, which aims to facilitate the seamless end-to-end provision of data in communications networks, serves as a common denominator in this cooperation. This is where office IT and industrial solutions merge – delivering efficient answers ensuring maximum transparency.

Both companies will sell network components independently of one another - HARTING under the name mCon 1000 and Nexans under the heading of iSwitch H300/500.

About HARTING

The HARTING Technology Group develops, manufactures and distributes electrical and electronic connectors, network components and pre-assembled system cables for networking purposes and for energy and data feeds to plant and machinery.
These products are capable of withstanding even the harshest demands in industrial environments.

HARTING connectors and network components are used in mechanical engineering and plant manufacturing, in automation systems, energy generation and distribution and in industrial electronics and telecommunications.
Industrial connectors are also vital in construction machinery, rail vehicles and shipbuilding. HARTING offers Ethernet network components and re-assembled cable systems for both indoor and outdoor networking applications involving energy and data.

HARTING today employs a workforce of more 2,700 in 25 countries. For further information visit

www.HARTING.com

About Nexans

Nexans Germany is one of Europe’s leading cable manufacturers. The company offers a comprehensive range of high-performance cables, systems and components for telecommunications and the energy sector. The product range is also complemented by superconductive materials and components, Cryoflex transfer systems and special machinery for the cable industry. The company has a workforce of around 3,000 producing in Germany and abroad. Sales in 2005 came in at around EUR 767 million. Thanks to its close integration into the Nexans Group, Nexans Germany also benefits from outstanding opportunities to exploit synergies in all areas covered by the Group. The includes access not only to worldwide projects but also research and development and the exchange of know-how, etc.. For further information visit

www.nexans.de