#About - History

Since 1930, Superior Essex has forged a path by meeting magnet wire and cable requirements for the automotive, industrial, commercial & residential, energy, and communications markets. Today we continue to expand our product portfolio globally, with new innovations and manufacturing throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Thanks to strategic acquisitions centering on enamel and wire development, distribution, and a focus on automotive sector expansion, Essex has positioned itself as the leader in magnet wire product innovation and manufacturing.

  • Today

  • 2018

    Essex begins construction of magnet wire facility in Serbia.

  • 2017

    Essex launches MagForceX™ Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Essex Europe forms High Voltage Winding Wire (HVWW) joint venture with Furukawa, establishing Essex-Furukawa.

    Essex acquires Penang, Malaysia magnet wire facility, establishing Essex Malaysia.

  • 2016

    Essex Establishes Automotive Strategic Business Unit.

  • 2011

    Essex acquires the assets of Furukawa Electric Co, Ltd (FEC) and American Furukawa, Inc. (AFI) winding wire business in the United States.

    Essex acquires IVA enamel facility in Changzhou, China.

  • 2010

    Essex acquires the assets of Piremag Corp., the exclusive distributor for PPE FIOS Esmattados in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

  • 2010

  • 2008

    Superior Essex is acquired by LS Cable & System, a leading provider of customer specific solutions headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

  • 2007

    Essex announces acquisition of magnet wire facilities in Canada, China, and Italy.

  • 2006

    Essex expands into China with the construction of the Suzhou Greenfield facilities.

  • 2005

    Joint venture with Nexans in Europe, resulting in 60 percent ownership of Essex Nexans.

  • 2004

    Acquisition of Nexans' North American magnet wire inventory and certain U.S customers.

  • 2000

  • 1999

    Superior TeleCom acquires Essex International to form Superior Essex, the largest wire and cable manufacturer in North America.

  • 1995

    Essex acquires Brownell, a large distributor of magnet wire and electrical motors.

  • 1990s

    Essex greatly strengthens its manufacturing operations in terms of productivity and quality. The company also began an aggressive campaign of acquisitions.

  • 1990

  • 1988

    Essex forms joint venture with Furukawa, creating FEMCO

  • 1980

  • 1974

    Essex merges with a subsidiary of United Aircraft, later to become United Technologies Corporation.

  • 1970

  • 1965

    Essex Wire Corporation held its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • 1960

  • 1954

    Superior Cable founded in Hickory, North Carolina.

    Essex headquarters moves to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • 1950

  • 1940s

    Essex produced enough magnet wire to build the millions of transformers used by America and its allies during World War II.

  • 1940

  • 1936

    Essex enters the magnet wire business after acquiring a facility from Dudlo, the originator of the modern magnet wire enameling process.

  • 1930

    Essex Wire Corporation founded in Detroit, Michigan, as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for some of the first Ford vehicles to come off the assembly line.