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Essex Furukawa wins EV project with high voltage winding wire

The contract is for an unnamed automaker that plans to expand its full-electric lineup to 20 models globally by 2025.

August 12, 2021  by CM Staff

Image Credit: Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire LLC

Industrial technology supplier Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire LLC has been awarded a contract to be the sole supplier of magnet wire for an unnamed automaker, as part of a project that includes 33,000 tons of high voltage winding wire (HVWW®), specifically designed for 800V–applications.

The investment will be fulfilled exclusively at Essex Furukawa’s plant in Arolsen, Germany, and will also lead to an expansion for the plant and new machines to aid in production.

According to officials with  Essex Furukawa, the automaker plans to expand its full-electric lineup to 20 models globally by 2025, and it has announced projections that includes 7 million EVs sold on its new platform by 2030; and the potential exists for this project to extend up to the parent group and its expanding line of EV products.

When it was initially released, HVWW® earned first place in the 2017 Magna Innovation Award. HVWW® is coated with extruded engineering plastic for EV and other products, which also allows for high voltages of over 1000V and partial discharge free wire (PDIV).

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“The reason why HVWW® will become the industry standard is that high voltage creates high heat. In the electric vehicle industry, heat resistance, flexibility and repeated stress are ongoing obstacles to magnet wire performance,” said Klaus Borstner, president of Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Europe.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Essex Furukawa is a global joint venture formed in 2020 between Essex Magnet Wire and Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd.