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Cornell Dubilier acquires capacitor division from NWL

Firm expands capabilities in custom capacitors needed for high-power lasers, military propulsion systems

December 22, 2020  EP&T Magazine

Cornell Dubilier Electronics Inc. announced that its subsidiary, CD Snow Hill, LLC, has acquired the capacitor producing assets of NWL, Inc. Now possessing greater capabilities in custom high-voltage film capacitors for pulsed power and power conversion applications, the company is poised to expand its solutions for industrial, military, and medical customers. 

“NWL has long been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high voltage ac and dc film capacitors for applications where we see opportunities for growth,” says Jim Kaplan, CEO of Cornell Dubilier. “This acquisition greatly expands our capabilities in custom capacitors needed for high-power lasers, military propulsion systems, inverters and, more.”

Expands capabilities in custom capacitors

According to NWL president Robert Seitz, the sale of its capacitor operations will allow NWL to focus on its other core business segments: transformers, electrostatic precipitators, and power supplies. Cornell Dubilier plans to assume operations at NWL’s former plant in Snow Hill, NC. Employees of the Snow Hill operation, many of them highly experienced, will be employed by Cornell Dubilier, ensuring the same high level of service enjoyed by NWL’s customers over many decades.

With the addition of custom, high-voltage ac and dc film capacitors, CDE now offers one of the most extensive portfolios of power capacitors available to the global marketplace. The added capabilities complement the company’s core strength in power capacitors across multiple dielectric technologies, including aluminum electrolytic, film, mica, and supercapacitors.

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