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Superior Essex: Powering the Future of Sustainable Buildings


“Superior Essex is the industry leader in outside plant copper communications wire and cable products, which are used for voice and data transmission and are installed outdoors.”

 Since the 1800s, electric vehicles have been second-class citizens to gas-powered vehicles. That changed in 2017 when the Tesla Model S P100DL stole the spotlight and crown from every type of high-performance car currently in production. It thundered its way into the history books with the fastest 0 to 60 mph acceleration time ever recorded (2.275 seconds).

Without the crucial role that magnet wire plays in Tesla’s electric engines, however, this revolutionary feat would merely be a dream. MWS produces and maintains the world’s largest inventory of magnet wire, enabling inventive revelations to become historic realities.

The application of magnet wire-based electric motors in vehicles is the future of automotive transportation. Higher performance coupled with a lighter carbon footprint creates an undeniable allure to consumers, manufacturers, and society in general.

In light of the above-mentioned scenario, we’re thrilled to present Superior Essex.

Superior Essex designs,manufactures, and supplies wire and cable products. It offers premises cables, outside plant cables, Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), and wireless products for communications applications; low voltage, medium voltage, armored, and fire alarm and security products for energy applications; and magnet wire, including continuously transposed cable and standard magnet wire. The company also offers electrical insulating materials, motors, motor renewal parts, shop equipment and tools, test instruments, wires and cables, and miscellaneous parts for distribution applications.

Its products are used by original equipment manufacturers and distributors

Superior Essex was established in 1954 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with additional offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Superior Essex: Synopsis

A Global Leader: In the Design, Manufacture and Supply of Wire and Cable Products

Superior Essex is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of wire and cable products. Its Magnet Wire and Distribution business segment is the world’s largest producer of magnet wire, also known as winding wire. Magnet Wire is an insulated copper or aluminum conductor used by major original equipment manufacturers and distributors. Magnet wire is found in industrial motors, transformers and generators, automotive applications, electrical coils and controls, and appliances. It is also used in motor and transformer repair.

In North America, Superior also participates in the telecommunications industry through its Communications Cable business segment. The company is the industry leader in outside plant copper communications wire and cable products, which are used for voice and data transmission and are installed outdoors. Superior manufacture and supply fiber optic cables and premises copper cables, which are installed within houses and offices. These fiber and copper cable products are used in communications applications, such as interconnecting campuses, businesses and communities.

Essex Advantage

Essex is the only magnet wire provider able to completely source, develop, and deliver products to its customers, worldwide. The company works with its customers to develop high efficiency, custom solutions with industry exceeding thermal tolerances.


Partnering with Essex brings access to one of the world’s leading technical manufacturing teams. From metal rod production all the way through shaping and enamelling, Essex engineers advise and collaborate with customers at every step to develop the custom magnet wire needed for the high-quality machines of tomorrow.

Global Delivery

Essex is a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of magnet wire. With facilities in seven countries on three continents, Essex is the only magnet wire manufacturer able to provide speedy delivery of quality products wherever you need them. Its seamless relationship between production and distribution is just one of the reasons Essex leads the industry.

Vertical Integration

Maintaining control over your supply chain is critical to ensuring the highest standards of production while minimizing manufacturing downtime. Essex maintains supply continuity through vertical integration capability. At Essex, vertical integration not only delivers greater control of its supply chain but also allows for greater flexibility in innovation at every phase. When combined together, its customers are better able to manage their product’s efficiency and performance throughout the entire production process with little risk of schedule setbacks.

Brian Kim, CEO: A Brief Background

Brian Kim serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Essex. Mr. Kim served as the President of LG Hausys America where he led the LG turnaround initiatives and restructuring projects. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Management Officer for the holding company, LG Group where he was involved in the strategy and decision-making for future business opportunities. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the manufacturing industry as well as management. He majored in Economics at Yonsei University in Korea as well as holding a B.A. in Applied Statistics from The College of Business and Economics. He has also completed postgraduate studies and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor.

“Essex is the only magnet wire provider able to completely source, develop, and deliver products to its customers, worldwide.”