EuroWire March 2016

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We live in a fast-moving environment. Plant, machinery and industry are meeting head-on with technology and the virtual world in what is being described as Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. There is, perhaps, a no more signi cant time for this to happen as wire and cable professionals head to Düsseldorf for wire 2016. Thousands of exhibitors and visitors will descend on the German city from 4 th to 8 th April to join the ‘best’ at the largest biennial wire exhibition in the world. Our coverage of the industry’s foremost exhibition starts on page 74, with highlights from many of the exhibitors included in our preview section. There is also an interview with Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, global portfolio director for metals and ow technologies at organisers Messe Düsseldorf, on page 76. Mr Kehrer touches on the importance of Industry 4.0, noting that some companies have already converted their production methods to allow them to enter new lines of business. Also in the interview, he talks about the economic climate, worldwide developments in the industry, and what to expect from this year’s show, and gives a breakdown of where exhibitors and visitors come from. This issue of EuroWire also includes a feast of news and technological advances in what is a hectic period for the industry. Please feel free to stop by our stand at the North Entrance to the exhibition, and at Stand 11D26, whereyouwill nd free copies of both EuroWire and Where industry and technology meet

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▲ ▲ Workers using a crane to drive piles into the ground at the plant expansion in Marble Hill, Georgia, USA

Huber steam ahead with expansion plans

Huber’s industrial GCC products are used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications, including building materials; drilling fluids; rubber; thermoset composites; thermoplastics; swimming pool plasters; pet food; cultured marble; paints and coatings; and adhesives, caulks and sealants. • Parent company J M Huber Corporation, through its Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) division, has reached an agreement to acquire the Martinswerk mineral flame-retardants and speciality chemicals businesses of Albemarle Corporation. J M Huber Corporation – USA Website :

“This expansion − coupled with the recent expansion of our Quincy, Illinois, GCC facility − is already in motion and targeted for completion in 2016,” said Rick Zwingelberg, operations director for Huber’s GCC business. “We continue to be well-positioned to meet the growing needs of our customers in a number of markets.” are implementing build upon our ongoing growth strategy,” added Mr O’Brien. “These continuing investments to expand and improve our manufacturing capabilities underline Huber’s long-term commitment to the ground calcium carbonate business and the customers we serve.” “The expansion plans we

Huber Carbonates LLC is increasing the capacity at its ground calcium carbonate (GCC) operation in Marble Hill, Georgia, USA, with a plant expansion. “Huber has a long-term, multi-stage plan to increase capacity in ground calcium carbonate, driven by customer demand and new product sales,” said Matt O’Brien, vice president and general manager of Huber’s GCC business. The continuous investments in ground calcium carbonate will position Huber to continue supporting its customers’ growth strategies with increased capacity for both medium fine and fine ground products.


March 2016

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Addison on hand with first UK sale

Neville Precision Engineering, a UK designer and manufacturer of aluminium extruded products, has taken delivery of a third Mecal CNC machining centre from West Midlands-based cutting and sawing technology specialist Addison Saws. Believed to be the fastest of its kind, the two Mecal CNC machining centres are 4-axis models and are used to manufacture 40,000 aluminium door sill plates a year for one of the world’s premier automotive brands. By comparison, this latest machine to be purchased by Neville is a 5-axis Mecal MC304 Ariel-5 MDT – the first 5-axis machining centre of its type to be sold in the UK by Addison Saws. “For a new contract, which involves the manufacture of some 10,000 aluminium carriage light fittings a year for the next generation of high-speed trains, I initially considered purchasing an additional Mecal 4-axis machine,” said Neville managing director Edward Neville. “During a visit to Mecal’s HQ with Addison Saws for machining trials, however, I was able to see the latest generation Mecal MC304 Ariel-5 MDT 5-axis CNC machining centre. A demonstration confirmed that it was precisely what I was looking for.” With full 5-axis capability, the Mecal MC304 Ariel-5 MDT allows the cutting tool to approach the component from all possible angles, in order to complete cutting and machining operations on the top, bottom, sides and ends. This has brought flexibility to Neville Precision Engineering’s carriage light manufacturing cycle, where finished components measuring two metres long x 200mm wide are produced from 4.5-metre-long extrusion bars. This latest investment in CNC machining technology by Neville has enabled the company to reduce machining cycle times significantly, removing any need for components to be manually repositioned Support deal signed

▲ ▲ The 5-axis Mecal MC304 Ariel-5 MDT

of up to 7.5 metres in length. Providing flexibility, thanks to their additional rotary axes, Mecal Ariel-5 models are suited to new product development, as well as to complex machining tasks.

during the manufacturing process. The Ariel-5 machining centre is equipped with an optional, fully independent clamping system and also offers Neville Precision Engineering considerable opportunities for component development. “We are delighted to be able to offer both the MC304 Ariel-5 MMI and MC304 Ariel-5 MDT models,” said Addison sales director Chris Wilson. “Highly robust and competitively priced, these latest CNC machining centres from Mecal bring new levels of flexibility and convenience to customers who produce components from extruded aluminium.” “Once again, Addison Saws has provided a high quality solution for our demanding manufacturing strategies,” added Mr Neville. “Our new CNC machining centre has also brought exciting possibilities to our component development capabilities.” The new Mecal MC304 Ariel-5 MDT machining centres from Addison Saws are able to automatically machine, drill, mill, slot and cut aluminium extrusions

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• Fully motorised self-positioning vices • Vice movement during machining cycle (optional) • 3D graphical software with external CAD link available • Powerful 11kW HSD spindle • Fibre-optic high-speed data comm- unication • Dual loading zones for seamless production • Rear safety mesh fence • Central automatic lubrication system Addison Saws – UK Website :

Neville Precision Engineering – UK Website :

Peter Schlindwein, vice president of corporate procurement at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “We need suppliers who provide us flexible and competent support to meet market demands. In this regard, global agreements are important steps for cooperation as equals.” Reto Bolt, chief operating officer of the Radio Frequency division at Huber+Suhner, said: “We are proud to have leading companies like Rohde & Schwarz as key accounts. This long‑term cooperation drives us to develop future‑oriented solutions for our mutual market success.” Rohde & Schwarz – USA Website : Huber+Suhner – Switzerland Website :

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group has signed a comprehensive global procurement agreement with Huber+Suhner AG, a global manufacturer of connectivity solutions for radio frequency, fibre optics and low frequency technologies. The global framework agreement ensures the support of Huber+Suhner for optimal worldwide components supplies and technical consultation. At the same time, it stabilises the status of Huber+Suhner as a preferred supplier and lays the foundations for continuously enhancing an intensive working relationship. Manufacturing high‑tech Rohde & Schwarz products poses complex challenges for the group’s supply chain. Deliveries of electronic assemblies and subsystems must be on time, high‑quality and economical.


March 2016

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Range of reels GMP Slovakia produces steel reels, take-apart reels and handling equipment for the wire and cable industry. The company has the certification ISO 9001:2008 for the quality management system since 2009 and is now also certified ISO 14001:2004 for the environmental management system and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for the occupational health and safety management system. The take-apart reels and special equipment (tilters, lifters, rolling systems) are CE marked. All the products are high quality and manufactured for long-term durability. GMP Slovakia’s range of products includes not only reels and drums for wire and cable, but different models of tilters and lifters. The tilting unit type TU/M can carry reels or coils up to five tons. It works by transmitting the movement from the motor to the tilting unit by a chain.

▲ ▲ A selection of the reels on offer from GMP Slovakia

It is provided with safety barriers (hardware and optical) and with all the documentation required by law. The equipment must be placed in the ground according to GMP Slovakia’s technical team’s instruction. It is possible to supply a rolling system, where the operator can place the reel in horizontal axis position for the strapping operation. For smaller reels the TL model is available: the operator expands the jaws of the tilter by the handles and tilts the reel 90°. This device is suitable for reels up to 800mm flange weighing one ton. GMP Slovakia – Slovakia Website : Reelex territory expansion Reelex Packaging Solutions is expanding the territory of one of its most trusted sales representatives, Warbrick International Ltd. Based in Warrington, UK, and a family-run business for more than 70 years, Warbrick International represents Reelex in the United Kingdom and Ireland and now the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland. Warbrick also serves as an EU distribution point for payout tubes used in every Reelex® package, including the new EcoCore™ payout tube system. Reelex Packaging Systems – USA Website : Warbrick International Ltd – UK Website :


March 2016

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Asia expansion continues with new India plant

Delfingen, a global automotive supplier and manufacturer of on-board networks protection solutions and fluid transfer tubing, celebrated the official opening of its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pune, India. Established in Pune since 2013, following the acquisition of the company Kartar, Delfingen has just moved to a newly constructed plant with over 6,000ft 2 area, in accordance with the group’s industrial excellence standards. The new facility will enable the company to increase its production capacity and accommodate business growth for the Indian market. The Pune plant operations include 150 co-workers specialised in the manufacturing of extruded protection tubing for wiring harnesses, profiles for seat trim fastening and technical tubing for fluid transfer. The grand opening ceremony was attended by Gérald Streit, CEO, and the Delfingen executive committee, together with many customers and business partners.

▲ ▲ The entrance to the new plant in Pune, India

reflects our commitment to serve our growing base of customers and will enable us to offer the excellent customer service, innovative products, new technology and efficient manufacturing processes our customers expect here in India.” The festivities were conducted in a traditional way with ‘Ganesh Vandana’ followed by a lamp lighting ceremony and traditional Indian dances.

“Delfingen continues to execute the globalisation pillar of our proven strategy. India is an attractive region with strong growth potential and this new facility allows us to provide local production of the highest quality and will deliver exceptional value to our customers,” said Gérald Streit. vice president, said: “The development of the Indian automotive market is of significant importance to our global growth as it will become soon the fourth largest after China, US and Japan. This investment Damien Personeni, executive

Delfingen Industry SA – France Website :

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WCMA produces premier events that bring owners, executives and key managers together for networking, the exchange of information, and to promote the wire and cable industry. TheWire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance – USA Website : Distinguished career award recipients named Eastern sales manager MicroCare Corp has appointed

continues the over 30-year tradition of recognising industry professionals, started by the late Dick and Harriet Callahan, founders of the Wire & Cable Clubs of America. Nominations for this award are received from the WCMA website. Candidates are first reviewed by a committee of prior award recipients through a ballot process. The WCMA board of directors then makes final selections based on an individual’s character, credibility, and commercial or technical contributions during their career. The WCMA was established in June 2004 as a non-profit association to succeed the Wire & Cable Clubs of America. WCMA is a corporate membership organisation for manufacturers of low to high voltage electrical, electronic and fibre optic wire and cable with an established manufacturing base in North America, as well as industry suppliers, service providers, affiliated companies and organisations serving the cable manufacturing and processing industry.

The Wire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance has announced the recipients of its 2016 Distinguished Career Award. The 32 nd annual awards dinner and investiture ceremony will take place on 7 th May 2016, in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, at the Connecticut Convention Center. The recipients are: Doug Brenneke, vice president R&D, chief technology officer, Belden; Peter Chase, executive chairman, Chase Corporation; Tom Jordan, president & CEO, T & T Marketing Inc; Mike Mennone, vice president/general manager-nuclear division, RSCC Wire & Cable; Michael Monti, vice president of manufacturing, industrial, construction and speciality products, General Cable Corp; Rahul Sachdev, executive vice president, Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp; Carlos Sanchez, vice president and general manager, electrical wires division North America, Nexans Canada; and Peter Schlichting, president, Quirk Wire Company Inc.

Rick Hoffman as eastern regional sales manager. With over 30 years of industrial sales experience, he understands the cleaning needs of many industries, including wafer fab, aerospace, electronics assembly, telecommunications and medical device makers. Graduating from Bentley University, near Boston, USA, in 1985, Mr Hoffman is married and lives in the Boston area. MicroCare Corp – USA Website :

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IWCS 2015 scholarships

Scholarship Fund was also introduced. It is jointly sponsored by The Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association® (WCISA®), Cable Components Group (CCG), and the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium. “WCISA is proud to announce this new student scholarship programme in association with IWCS,” said Rahul Sachdev, Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp, president, WCISA. “The recipients are deserving students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and engage in a course of study relevant to the wire and cable industry.” The 2015 student recipients are Steven Lee, Masters, material science and engineering, and BenjaminWright, a senior BS candidate in chemical engineering. WCISA also awards two scholarships every year. One is to graduating high school seniors of member company employees. The second is to employees/interns of WCISA member companies who are enrolled in programmes furthering their education within the industry. IWCS – USA Website :

were recognised at IWCS 2015, the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in October. “I especially enjoyed acknowledging the scholarship recipients who will be the future leaders of our industry,” said Robert A Wessels, Jr, CommScope Inc, chairman of the board, IWCS, Inc. “Attending this conference gives the scholarship recipients a unique opportunity to gain insight from and network with top engineers, researchers and executives from the cabling and connectivity industry.” awarded to Cleveland Atkinson and Ahmed Drammeh, both of whom are senior BS candidates in plastics engineering. The scholarships at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte were awarded to Crystal Conde, a sophomore BS candidate in electrical engineering; Brian Daniel, a junior BS candidate in mechanical engineering; and Layton Hall, a junior BS candidate in electrical engineering. Scholarships at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell were

International Cable & Connectivity Symposium has announced the 2015 IWCS scholarship recipients. This scholarship programme includes the John T Barteld/IWCS Scholarship Endowments, the Christopher Kenneth Eoll Memorial Endowment, as well as six additional annual student scholarships. Support for the programme has come from several cable and connectivity organisations for many years. These awards are open to deserving juniors, seniors and graduate university students. “On behalf of the IWCS board of directors, I look forward to working closely with our selected universities and their programmes to support higher education in disciplines important to our industry,” said David Kiddoo, CEO. “These schools provide an excellent academic background for students interested in the skills necessary to advance the technologies of cable and connectivity. Our ultimate goal is to encourage a strong succession of new engineers and technicians wanting to join our cable and connectivity industries.”

A new Wire and Cable Industry Student

The 2015 university scholarship recipients


March 2016

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Awards time for UK cable firm

Rochdale, UK-based design and manufacturing company Slingco has beaten off competition to win the International Company of the Year Award (up to £10m turnover) at the 2015 Insider North West International Trade Awards. With offices in Atlanta serving North and South America, and a manufacturing base established in Bangalore, India, Slingco supplies cable installation and support products on a global scale. Impressive development of staff and engagement in an international culture particularly impressed the judging panel at the black tie award ceremony, held in Manchester, UK. The judges also praised the leadership of Nick Dykins and the well-focused management team. Since its foundation in 1980, Slingco has designed, produced and supplied cable installation and support products, wire rope assemblies and more, to industries as varied as oil and gas, marine and offshore, public utilities, civil engineering, aerospace, transport, the military, performing arts, vehicle building and construction.

▲ ▲ The Slingco team with Nick Dykins, managing director, far left; and his father and company founder Chris Dykins, far right

commitment, and of course talent shown by each and every single member of the Slingco family.” Slingco Ltd – UK Website :

Nick Dykins, managing director, said: “This month caps off what has been another remarkable year for Slingco. We have gone from strength to strength and the Insider Media Award win is testament to the hard work,


March 2016

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Miltec’s QUEST for the future

Miltec UV has joined the list of QUEST programme partners as a corporate sponsor of the Spring Semester QUEST Capstone Consulting Project. This hands-on programme combines diverse knowledge, skills, and perspectives of multi-disciplinary student teams from the University of Maryland’s Robert H Smith School of Business, A James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Students work with corporate sponsors for 13 weeks and provide 400 to 600 hours of consulting services offering innovative recommendations and solutions to an identified organisational challenge. The programme director and student scouts visited Miltec for a tour of the facility and overview of the business. Miltec’s team described several organisational challenges and business opportunities on the horizon in 2016. Together, a project was identified which will best utilise the skills of the students and their faculty advisors, as well as provide Miltec with a real-time innovative solution.

▲ ▲ Students and staff during a tour of the Miltec facility

Mr Blandford said: “These young adults are smart and energetic. We will collaborate to make this a great learning experience for them and I know we will learn a lot from our student consultants as well.” Miltec UV – USA Website :

Bob Blandford, Miltec’s president, learned of the QUEST programme from an alumna while flying home from a business trip. He was impressed with the individual’s business acumen and professionalism and decided to learn more about the QUEST programme since it is near Miltec’s headquarters.


March 2016

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A fusion for the future

▲ ▲ From left, Karl Kuchta and Matt East

Lubricant manufacturer Metalube has appointed Indianapolis, USA-based Fusion Chemical as its exclusive distributor in the USA. The alliance will proactively market the Metalube range of lubricant products across the region. The company exports 95 per cent of its products globally but until now has had little presence in the USA mainly due to having no representation in the region. Fusion Chemical, headed by Matt East and Karl Kuchta, is a specialised chemical company providing metalworking fluids and speciality chemicals to the manufacturing industry across America. Commenting on the collaboration, Metalube commercial director Douglas Hunt said: “There are huge opportunities for Metalube in the United States and we are fortunate to have found a perfect match with this ambitious partnership. Matt and Karl understand the quality and flexibility of our range of products and we look forward to expanding our presence in this exciting and important market.” Metalube Ltd – UK Website : Resinex to distribute Sanafor antimicrobial masterbatches

resultant products. Consumers view the Sanafor brand as an indicator of cleanliness and well-being thanks to the antimicrobial properties. Resinex Germany GmbH – Germany Website : Volvo added to Leoni client list Leoni now counts the Volvo Car Corporation among its passenger car customers. According to the first order from the Swedish car manufacturer, Leoni will supply wiring harnesses for future Volvo Cars models. Geely, Volvo Cars’ Chinese parent company, has been a customer since 2014. Leoni AG – Germany Website :

Resinex and Janssen PMP® are combining forces to introduce new Sanafor® antimicrobial masterbatches onto the plastics market. A unique combination of globally registered brands, a full range of services from application testing to market introduction and co-branding opportunities will help users differentiate their products by imparting antimicrobial properties. Sanafor provides thermoplastics with protection from microbes. Primary applications are in healthcare, textiles and footwear, home and leisure, and industrial and automotive. The masterbatches can be added during processing using conventional systems. Adding Sanafor not only provides protection from many microorganisms but, in tune with public concerns about hygiene, also increases the value of the


March 2016

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New president ofWire Association International

Metrock Steel & Wire Plant (Leggett and Platt) in Montevallo, Alabama. Before that, he was a plant engineer for Elco Industries/Anchor Wire Division. He worked for several years as an independent wire-processing consultant, travelling to Russia, China, Peru, and various parts of Europe and the USA. He holds a joint patent for an innovative retail package used in the point-of-purchase nail and fastener market. Joining Mr Talbot for the 2016 term will be members of the association’s 2016 executive committee: First vice president David R Hawker, Nexans Energy USA Inc; second vice president Richard T Wagner, Insteel Wire Products; executive committee members Richard S Baker, General Cable Corp, and Jan Sorige, Enkotec Co Inc; and immediate past president William F Reichert, Champlain Cable Corp. Wire Association International – USA Website :

Andy Talbot has taken over the role of president of the Wire Association International (WAI) for a one-year term. Mr Talbot will serve as chairman of the board of directors and as the 62 nd president of the 86-year-old association, which is headquartered in Madison, Connecticut, USA. A 36-year veteran in the ferrous wire industry, he joined the WAI in 2010. He is co-chairman of the conference programming committee, which he joined in 2011. He continues to serve the association on the education committee. Commenting on his new post, Mr Talbot said: “WAI provides a growing range of highly valuable services to the wire and cable industry. “It is my goal to help grow the membership and advance the association’s role within our industry through education, the presentation of technical advances and innovation, and the professional development of our individual and corporate members.”

▲ ▲ New president Andy Talbot

He is the vice president of operations and general manager of Mid-South Wire Co Inc, in Nashville, Tennessee – one of the largest independent steel wire producers in the USA, with plants in Nashville and Scott City, Missouri. Prior to joining Mid-South Wire in 1999, he served as plant manager of the


March 2016

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PWM launches newmulti-language website

British company PWM, a manufacturer of cold pressure welding machines and dies for over 30 years, has launched a new website. The site, which has English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Japanese language versions, is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. Features include an explanation of the cold weld process, a Q&A section, and technical details of all PWM’s high-performance cold welders for wire 0.1mm to 30mm (0.0039" to 1.181"). Visitors can also watch video demonstrations of PWM’s manual and powered machines. “The new site enables wire and cable manufacturers worldwide to access all the website information and communicate with us quickly and easily,” said Steve Mepsted, managing director. “It is part of the comprehensive service we offer customers, which includes on-site technical support and advice provided globally through our network of experienced local agents.” PWM Ltd – UK Website :

▲ ▲ The new website from PWM


March 2016

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Excellent year for UK software designer

with TE Wire and Cable and to witness the way in which our software is going to revolutionise the productivity of the company. “Having seen how Dekoron have benefitted is a great example of the way in which CableBuilder can truly transform the cable design and manufacturing process.” Cimteq Ltd – UK Website :

In addition to these, a third acquisition came in the form of TE Wire and Cable, a premier thermocouple and speciality wire and cable manufacturer. The company is part of the Marmon Wire & Cable/Berkshire Hathaway Group of companies, among which one of Cimteq’s clients, Dekoron, is also a member having enjoyed the benefits of the CableBuilder software for over ten years. Simon Gainey of Cimteq said: “We are extremely enthusiastic to be working

2015 was an excellent year for cable software design and manufacturing company Cimteq. Following the launch of the latest offering, CableBuilder3D, at IWCS in Atlanta, USA, the first installation began in December for James Monroe Wire and Cable Corporation, an electrical wire and cable manufacturer based in Boston, USA. The company was looking to replace its existing system with an “industry standard” to enable it to move forwards, and become more efficient and profitable as a result. The company met with Cimteq at IWCS and upon discovering the features CableBuilder had to offer it was quick to adopt the system. CableBuilder3D was a natural addition as it fully integrates into CableBuilder and has extensive 3D modelling graphics abilities, engineering drawing generation and full CAD capabilities. Massachusetts certainly seemed to be the theme of the month for Cimteq during December as another company located there also adopted CableBuilder to replace its current existing system. Data Guide Cable is a manufacturer of speciality electronic and electrical cable products, and seized the opportunity to modernise its systems by adopting CableBuilder. The integration of CableBuilder into the business will bring far-reaching benefits to the company. This product can be fully integrated into a current AXIOM system and allows the company to design a cable that accurately meets its customers’ needs in the shortest possible timescale and in the most cost-effective manner. The system can account for and optimise production losses, as well as combine data and customer requirements. Ultimately the end result is extremely satisfied customers due to increasing the profitability of their manufacturing process. New board member The Nuremberg registry court has appointed Prof Dr Christian Rödl as a new member of Leoni’s supervisory board. Prof Dr Rödl, who has been managing director of the Nuremberg company Rödl & Partner since 2011, is an honorary professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. His judicial appointment initially applies until the company’s annual general meeting on 4 th May 2016. Prof Dr Rödl will also take over chairmanship of the audit committee.

Leoni AG – Germany Website :


March 2016

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Spring in the step at Filame Group

▲ ▲ Filame’s plant in Brussels, Belgium

The Filame Group specialises in the manufacturing of metal parts from wire and metal sheets, including high precision springs, compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs and plate springs as well as any metal parts in spring steel quality. The company works on any kind of steel quality, including: • Pre-coated galvanised SM grade, galvanised SH grade, Bezinal SM grade and Bezinal SH grade • Oteva silicon-chrome oil-tempered steel • Stainless steel 1.4310, 1.4310HS, 1.4401, 1.4568, 1.4462, 17/7PH • Low carbon stainless steel 1.4301 • 1.4441 implant grade stainless steel • Inconel 600, 625 718, 750 • Monel, Nimonic, Elgiloy The company also provides all kinds of finishings, including: Pre-stressed shot peening, oiling, zinc plating, epoxy coating, cataphoresis, Teflon coating, Geomet coating, zinc flake coating, passivation, phosphate treatment, colour coding, gold plating, marking, ultrasonic cleaning, shot blasting and deburring. Filame manufactures 500 million parts in its factories each year for clients in various industries, such as automobile, locksmith, industrial machinery, medical, construction and aeronautic. Filame Brussels SA – Belgium Website : Two new faces at CCG Cable Components Group (CCG) has named Rob Conway as sales director, and Kevin Slusarz as compounding manufacturing and development manager. Cable Components Group – USA Website : • SM, SH, DH grade spring steel


March 2016

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ICE Cable Systems will mark the launch of its Primal bulk wire series at the ISE 2016 show. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, Primal is the most affordable category and speaker cable on the market that complies with important safety regulations. Launch of new Primal bulk wire

▲ ▲ The new Primal bulk wire series from ICE Cable Systems

During the development of Primal, ICE Cable Systems did its homework. The line consists of the most price-sensitive SKUs: Cat 5, Cat 6, and 16-gauge and 14-gauge speaker cables. All are offered in a pull-box that incorporates reinforced handles and a water-resistant laminate similar to those found in the company’s Big Mouth Payout box (BMP). To keep wire-pulls free of knots, kinks and tangles, the Primal box uses Reelex® coil and payout technology. “Primal offers many of the convenience features and safety aspects of the ICE line,” said Mr Rizzo. “In compliance with UL, ETL and NEC standards, we’re using flame-tested jackets and full copper wire as opposed to non-certified compounds and copper-clad aluminium (CCA) so commonly found in entry-level offerings. “The benefit here (with Primal) is offering product at this price-level while including Reelex technology and safety compliance.” The full line of Primal is now available for shipping. The category cables are available in 1,000ft runs and in multiple colour options. The speaker cable is available in runs of 500 and 1,000 feet (depending on gauge) in white.

ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 active distributors around the world selling its products.

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HVDC market to hit $30bn value this year

stations); by technology (line commutated and voltage source converters; UHVDC and HVDC); by configuration (monopolar, bipolar, back-to-back (B2B) and multi-terminal); by distance; and by cabling type (overground, underground, subsea and combination). Profiles of leading HVDC transmission component and cable suppliers are also included, with details of market share, key projects and future outlook. Visiongain – UK Website : Aloha to cable Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has signed a turnkey agreement with Bluesky Pacific’s subsidiary, Amper SA, for a 9,700km submarine cable system across the Pacific Ocean. The Moana Cable will link New Zealand and Hawaii when completed in 2018; the second 1,700km segment, based on one fibre pair, will link the Cook Islands to the Samoa hub. Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks – France Website : Amper SA – Spain Website :

Visiongain’s latest report calculates the global HVDC transmission market will be worth $30.06 billion in 2016. The report addresses the development of the HVDC transmission market, placing analyses and data by geography, application, technology, configuration, component, distance and cabling type. Visiongain anticipates the circuit-breaker as the necessary enabler for the realisation of the supergrid; this will facilitate greater investment beyond the forecast period. Regionally, spending is much more volatile; different trends, regulatory environments, stages of electrical grid development, political priorities and distributions of fossil and non-fossil fuel resources are influencing the authorisation and construction of HVDC projects. Within the Asian market, the Chinese submarket dominates, and its HVDC projects will underpin the entire HVDC transmission market for the next five years. The second half of the forecast period will be characterised by projects in Europe and transformation of power systems in emerging economies. The report contains tables of 101 proposed, at date of publication, HVDC transmission projects. Data is broken down by application (connection to remote generation, power sharing/ exchange, long-distance transmission and upgrade projects: grid robustness); by component (transmission lines and convertor

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“It is my view, that for too long, design and production have not been seen as one and I hope that the design and production sector can address this imbalance.” The Institution of Engineering and Technology – UK Website : New design and production sector chairman

role progressed to chief technologist for the automation, tooling and fixturing and electronics for the MTC Group, which covers the Lloyds Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, MTC Operations and MTC Business Launch Centre. Mr Hadall said: “It has given me great pleasure to accept the IET’s invitation to chair the design and production sector executive committee. I am fortunate to take up this position with a strong and enthusiastic team of volunteers, collected together under our previous chairman, Morgan David, to whom I am indebted. “Across the nation, the production sector is undergoing significant change with an increased focus on what we, as a nation, can manufacture. Whilst the UK may have lost many of its traditional manufacturing industries, we still have some unique and high value manufacturing sectors, and with our continued investment in innovation and skills we are well placed to develop the high value manufacturing technologies of the future.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has appointed Jeremy Hadall as the new design and production sector chairman. A member of the IET since 1992, Mr Hadall, CEng FIET, became a fellow last year. He is currently chief technologist (automation, tooling, fixturing and electronics) at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Automation Capability Forum, and a member of the British Automation and Robotics Association Council. Having worked as both an applications engineer for ABB Robotics and a senior systems engineer for Vanderlande Industries, his career in automation for manufacturing began when he left university. Joining the Manufacturing Technology Centre when it opened in 2010, he was responsible for the conception and development of the intelligent automation research theme.

Robert’s vice president role Riverdale Global has appointed Robert A (Rob) Malburg to be vice president of sales. He will be responsible for sales of the Riverdale Global range of liquid colours and additives through the Global Express network of satellite operations. Mr Malburg holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Riverdale Global – USA Website :

With the growth of the company, his

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Service support on-site

Technological required to operate continuously and effectively are a basic need of cable manufacturers worldwide. The team at Rosendahl and Nextrom knows well why this requirement is on their list of priorities. They support their global partners with the best service possible. Therefore, being on site and providing local support is of utmost importance. Sales and service units are located globally, an added benefit that serves both customers and the company itself when it comes to on-site assistance – wherever it may be needed. As solution providers, Rosendahl and Nextrom are able to cover specific needs of cable manufacturers. Their vision, “Your success is our passion – here for you,“ means they never leave their customers alone – no matter what the problem may be. The service portfolio is comprised in such a way as to continuously improve and maintain the equipment delivered. solutions

▲ ▲ Service is a high priority for Rosendahl Nextrom

The outlook for future developments reveals that Industry 4.0 will open new doors and opportunities to the best service possible.

Excellent support and rapid deliveries of premium spare parts allow a significant reduction of equipment downtime. If a partner is needed for complete equipment lifecycles, Rosendahl and Nextrom can offer a tailor-made service package to help clients achieve their targets.

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Extension includes large-scale vertical ladder fire test

▲ ▲ Vertical ladder fire testing

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has extended its United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation of its UK laboratory to cover a broad range of cable fire tests. This extension to BASEC’s scope under ISO/IEC 17025:2005 includes the large-scale vertical ladder test used for the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR), EN 50399, and the full range of vertical ladder tests to the IEC 60332-3-21/25 series as well as many other familiar cable fire tests. These cable fire tests include small-scale circuit integrity tests in its three re-configurable fire test chambers, including a range of small-scale IEC 60331 series fire tests, the long-established BS 6387 tests, tests for fire alarm and emergency lighting cables to BS EN 50200/Annex E and BS 8434-2, and the enhanced attack test for larger cables BS 8491. Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive at BASEC, said: “With these new accreditations, BASEC is demonstrating its capabilities and commitment to the industry by investing in high quality personnel and equipment. Accreditation of the EN 50399 test, building on our existing accreditations to EN 61034, EN 60754 and EN 60332-1-2, will allow manufacturers and suppliers to confidently start their preparations for the introduction of CPR for cables in Europe with accredited tests. We are already using our facilities for regular BASEC cable approvals testing, and also for accredited testing for a range of customers in specialist areas such as marine, rail, fibre optic and communications cables.” BASEC has also upgraded its UKAS product certification accreditation to the new international standard ISO/IEC 17065, and has enhanced the scope of its UKAS management system accreditations under ISO/IEC 17021 to include cable distribution and wholesale. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is an international standard that specifies the competence and quality management system requirements for laboratories that provide testing and calibration services. BASEC’s laboratory was awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by UKAS in 2014 and it is one of the highest levels of recognised quality any testing or calibration laboratory can attain.

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Speciality compounder’s name change

broadened our ability to serve our global customers,” explained Daniel DeLisle, general manager. The company’s product and brand names – including Megolon® LSHF compounds, Smokeguard® low-smoke flame-retardant compounds and Garathane® TPU compounds – will not change.

due to synergies with other Mexichem companies. AlphaGary provides technical expertise for developing compounds in the wire and cable market. The company’s product portfolio includes low-smoke halogen free (LSHF), low-smoke plenum, flame retardant PVC, and a broad range of TPE, TPV, TPO, TPU, CPE and PVC compounds.

SpecialIty AlphaGary, which became part of Mexichem in 2011, has changed its name to Mexichem Specialty Compounds. AlphaGary, which has over 30 years’ experience in speciality compounding, has three production facilities, one in the United Kingdom and two in the USA, servicing a global customer base in Europe; North, Central and South America; Asia; and Africa, and rapidly expanding into new markets compounder

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“As part of Mexichem, AlphaGary has

Chinese projects bolster growth in domestic wire and cable industry

Wire & Cable Guangzhou, organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and Guangzhou BoYou Exhibition Service Co Ltd, will once again take place at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, from 6 th to 8 th June 2016. In the previous edition, the fair welcomed 283 exhibitors and 18,867 visitors from 25 countries and regions including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East. Mr Emeka Hu, general manager of Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, said: “The new energy sector, as well as the infrastructure in China, are undergoing rapid changes. This in turn is creating endless opportunities for green construction and green tech industries in China and across the globe. As an industry powerhouse, China ranks among the top producers and exporters of wire and cable related products.” To address the current market trends, the upcoming 2016 edition will include the most in-demand products covering all sectors of the industry. The highlighted product groups include: • Wire and cable equipment and materials • Optical fibre cable equipment and materials • Detection instruments, observation and control technologies • Production and testing machinery, components and accessories • • Wires and cables Optical fibre cables

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