Alcatel merges with AHTS

25 January 2000

Alcatel has signed the final agreement to take control of the superconductivity activities of Aventis Research & Technologies, a subsidiary of Hoechst.

Through this agreement, Alcatel acquires the know-how of Aventis High-Temperature Superconductivity (AHTS) in the design and production of superconductor materials. Thus, Alcatel adds an existing industrial and commercial entity to its significant research and development capacity.

This integration should give the Group the ability to offer the entire superconductor wire production range (from raw materials up to transformation processes), to improve synergy between the various R&D teams and, as a result, achieve production of excellent, high-performance wires and bulk parts.

The activities of Aventis take place in Hurth, near Cologne, where all the industrial equipment is installed.

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