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11/8/21 Madison, Connecticut, USA. – The Wire Association International will offer its most popular training course “Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing” virtually for the second time this year in a  two-part series on consecutive Wednesdays: December 1 and 8, 2021. Led by 13 industry experts, the program serves as a training and refresher course for wire and cable operations personnel, sales and administrative teams, and new hires.

 Topics include:

  • Mechanics of wiredrawing
  • Drawing dies
  • Wiredrawing lubricants
  • Wire breaks & surface damage
  • Stranding cable
  • Cleaning & coating rod & wire
  • Extrusion
  • Basics of electrical testing
  • Ferrous heat treatment
  • Used machinery
  • Testing & properties and
  • Ferrous metallurgy

 Discounts are available for WAI members at $147 USD for full access; and $175 for full access plus new WAI membership; the non-member rate is $245.

Visit: https://funwiremfg.heysummit.com/ for full details and to register.

Sponsors include:

Cerro Wire; Encore Wire Corp.; Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; James Monroe Wire & Cable Corp.; Lloyd & Bouvier; Prysmian Group;  SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS; Sonoco Reels & Spools; Southwire Co. LLC; and Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.

 The Wire Association International is a not-for-profit association with 1,800 individual members in 50 countries. The association serves the educational needs of the wire and cable manufacturing industry through a variety of products and services. WAI manages the Interwire Trade Exposition and the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo and publishes the Wire Journal International and the Wire Journal International Reference Guide.

Media Contacts: Janice E. Swindells, Director Marketing & Corporate Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-2777
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11/4/21 – This iconic WAI program will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Registration for the event is $145 for WAI members, $175 for the new member special offer and $245 for non-members. For a full description of the presenters, and any updates, go to funwiremfg.heysummit.com.

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11/4/21 – WAI will stage the booth selection process for Wire Expo 2022 on Dec. 2 at WAI’s headquarters in Madison, Connecticut.

The process, known as the Points Meeting, will see the booths assigned based on the WAI’s established priority point program. Representatives from companies with the highest accumulation of points from past participation will be assigned their exhibit space first.

To take part in the meeting, companies would have had to provide a signed and completed application with 100% payment by Nov. 30. The day after the Points Meeting, space assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’re expecting a lot of interest,” said WAI Sales Director Bob Xeller. “It’s been a long time since the industry has been able to get together, but we’re moving in that direction now, and I’m sure there are a lot of manufacturers that would like to be able to sit down and talk to suppliers again.”

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11/4/21 – Martin Thacker, who was the British representative for WAI’s 2020 Clockwinding ceremony, will repeat that remote service at the WAI’s board of directors meeting on Nov. 17. It will be posted later in the month.

Thacker’s grandfather was a wiredrawer in Sheffield, and his father worked for Markham and Company Limited, as did his uncle. He is a Liveryman of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers Alias Wireworkers in the city of London.

The tradition stems from the grandfather clock that was presented to the Association on behalf of the U.K. wire industry for help during World War II. Each year, a U.K. representative comes to wind the clock.

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Gianzo Mastrangelo has been promoted to aftermarket regional manager for the Northeast U.S. and Canada for Davis-Standard. He will support existing installations and new opportunities within this territory, including developing and marketing aftermarket products and services for all Davis-Standard brands. He has 33 years of experience, having multiple leadership roles at Brampton Engineering as well as General Motors of Canada, CFM, Fenwick Automotive and Embassy Flavours. He helped patent Brampton Engineering’s inflatable aqua ring component. Based in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, Davis-Standard is a global leader in extrusion and converting technology.

Massimiliano Perrone has been promoted from sales area manager to senior area sales manager for SAMP Srl. He joined the company in 2014. Prior to that, he was a sales area manager for more than five years for Cortinovis Machinery SpA. Other prior employers included Plasmec Srl, more than two years; Satrind SpA, for a year; Sicme SpA, for nearly five years, and Dea Tech Machinery SpA, for nine years. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering. Based in Italy, SAMP supplies precision machines, spare parts and services to leading wire and cable manufacturers around the globe from locations in Italy, China, Brazil and the United States.

Service Wire reported two new hires. Shawn O’Brien has joined the company as sales representative for its Southeast sales team. He has more than 25 years of sales and managerial experience, with 11 of those years being in construction and manufacturing sales. Jacob Walton has joined as a sales representative for Florida and Tennessee. He will serve commercial and industrial distributors, contractors and engineers while working with manufacturers’ representatives in Florida and Tennessee. He has more than seven years of sales experience. Based in Culloden, West Virginia, Service Wire is a second-generation, family-owned wire and cable manufacturer.

Lämneå Bruk announced that John Lindh has joined the company’s sales department. He has a strong background in mechanical engineering, having worked for Candor 15 years, where he was last sales and marketing manager for the company’s wire cleaning and coating technology. Based in Ljusfallshammar, Sweden, Lämneå Bruk is a supplier of wire machinery equipment.

John “Red Dog” Sommer Mueller, one of the founders of the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA), died Thursday, Sept. 2, at age 91.

A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, and St. Helena, California, Mueller’s industry career began in the 1950s after he completed his service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He joined Laidlaw Corporation, a producer of baling wire, as a field salesman following his discharge from the Air Force. In 1931, the company was purchased by his father, Victor, a Swiss immigrant, and it greatly expanded its business, adding wire garment hangers in 1932 and flyswatters in 1937. After his father’s death in 1960, he became president and CEO. For years, Laidlaw was the world’s largest manufacturer of flyswatters, selling a million a month. He continued to oversee the company as chairman until 2006. 

Mueller was instrumental in founding the AWPA, and was one of its presidents, highly respected as an industry leader and as a true gentleman. In 2005, he was awarded AWPA’s Max Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Sundt Mueller; daughter Amy Mueller; a sister, Patsy Sandman; and grandchildren. He was also active in many areas outside work, named Peoria’s Outstanding Young Man of 1964 by the Jaycees; Man of the Month by the Peoria Rotary Club in 1966; and the Kiwanis Tri-County Citizen of the Year Award in 1966.

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11/5/21 – JDR Cable Systems (JDR), a global subsea cable and umbilical supplier and servicer that is part of the TFK Group, plans to open a new state-of-the-art, 69,000-sq-m subsea cable manufacturing facility in Cambois, near Blyth, Northumberland.

A press release said that JDR has confirmed its intention to go ahead with the project, subject to final agreements, with construction expected to begin in 2022 ahead of a 2024 opening, creating 170 local jobs on completion and safe-guarding 270 jobs at JDR’s existing facilities.

The initial project investment is estimated at £130 million, which will be partially funded by a grant from the BEIS Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support (OWMIS) scheme. JDR and TFK plan to raise the remaining funding with support expected from financial institutions and U.K. Export Finance.

The new facility is the first stage of JDR’s plans to expand its product portfolio to support the growing global renewable energy market, adding high voltage export and long length array cables to its existing capacity and product capabilities. Further stages of the development could result in over 400 staff working at the site, with supplied products complementing JDR’s existing capacity provided by the company’s U.K. manufacturing centers in Hartlepool and Littleport. When complete, the facility will include a new catenary continuous vulcanization (CCV) line, making it the only facility in the U.K. capable of full start-to-finish manufacturing of high-voltage subsea cables for offshore wind farms to support the growing global renewable energy market.

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11/4/21 – The Prysmian Group has received a Notice to Proceed for an approximately €200 million contract to supply a submarine power cable system for the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm that will account for 134 km of power cable.

A press release said that the order is a milestone in the development of the offshore wind farm sector in the U.S. as Vineyard will include 62 wind turbines and will generate 800 megawatts of electricity annually and power over 400,000 homes. Under the contract awarded in 2019, by Vineyard Wind, LLC, a U.S. offshore wind development owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and by Avangrid Renewables (part of the Iberdrola Group), Prysmian Group will develop a submarine power cable system project which will deliver clean energy to the mainland power grid.

The Group is responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of an HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) cable system composed of two 220 kV three-core cables using extruded XLPE insulation. The submarine cables will be produced in Prysmian Group’s centers of excellence in Pikkala, Finland, and Arco Felice, Italy. Installation operations will be performed by Prysmian Group’s state-of-the-art cable laying vessels Cable Enterprise and Ulisse. Delivery and commissioning of the project are scheduled for Q4 2023.

Prysmian will also provide PRY-CAM permanent monitoring solutions, the Group’s breakthrough technology that allows on-line, accurate and reliable in-depth information helping electric assets owners to increase uptime, asset longevity and safety, while reducing maintenance costs and risks.

“The resumption of the vineyard project confirms the acceleration of the United States towards the energy transition,” said Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects, Prysmian Group. “Prysmian aims at playing a key role in the development and upgrade of power grid infrastructures to support the transition to renewable energy sources in the U.S. We have state-of-the-art cable technology, large production and installation assets, as well as a wide presence and track record in the U.S.”

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11/3/21 – Leoni AG has officially opened its fourth automotive wiring plant in Serbia, where the German company is the largest private industrial employer.

A press release said that opening of the plant in Kraljevo, further bolsters Leoni’s position as a high-performance supplier to the international automotive industry. The company to date has invested more than 50 million euros in the plant. The site is not only the biggest Leoni plant in Serbia, it also employs the largest number of people at full capacity (up to 5,000 by the end of 2023). The building covers more than 60,000 sqm, of which 45,000 sqm is the production area, which is now completed. The site is the first new plant built in almost 30 years in the region of Kraljevo and is expected to significantly contribute to the decrease of the unemployment rate, raise the living standard in the area, and accelerate its development pace.

Among those at the official opening were Aleksandar Vučić, the president of the Republic of Serbia, and Predrag Terzić, the mayor of the city of Kraljevo.
During the proceedings, Leoni CEO Aldo Kamoer declared the initiative a success and praised Serbian leaders for making the process a smooth one. “We are grateful for the unbureaucratic and very professional support of the authorities over all these years. We are happy to be able to tap into a large pool of dedicated and motivated employees here. And we are glad that we are contributing to raising the general standard of living in the region with our commitment in recent years. I think that’s what you call a win-win situation.”

Pierluigi Ghione, managing director of Leoni Wiring Systems Southeast d.o.o., said that the investment reflects the company’s commitment to Serbia. “Leoni is clearly focused on growth in this region – offering more job opportunities, expanding its business, becoming the biggest industrial employer in Serbia. What is more important than being the biggest employer is being the best employer. This is not an easy task, but we as one Leoni Serbia Team, together with central and local authorities, are working very hard to achieve this goal.”

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11/3/21 – The Marine division of Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) announced that it recently acquired two vessels—the Ile de Molène and the Ile d’Yeu—as part of its strategy to modernize and expand installation capacities for the growing submarine telecommunications market.

A press release said that the two vessels joined the ASN fleet respectively on May 7, 2021, for the Ile de Molène and on June 17, 2021, for the Ile d’Yeu. Both vessels will now go through a heavy engineering and upgrade program. The Ile de Molène will be assigned to the maintenance of customer telecommunications cables in the Atlantic and North Sea. The vessel is expected to start operating in the first half of 2022. Ile d’Yeu will join the installation fleet at the end of 2022, and be installed with transoceanic telecom systems. The vessels specifications are as follows: the Ile d’Yeu is 147 m long, and has 4,375 net tonnage and 13,520 gross tonnage. The Ile de Molène is 98 m long, and has 2,080 net tonnage and 5,729 gross tonnage.

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11/2/21 – Sweden’s Sandvik has acquired Swiss-based company Accuratech Group, a manufacturer of niched medical wire forming and components.

Accuratech includes the operations of Polyfill, which per its website makes a wide range of specialty products. Those include wires used in nano- and micro-technologies as well as in applications in the medical field; round bare wires from 0.8 mm to 0.007 mm; flat wires and ribbons used for multiple applications; electroplated wire (gold, nickel, platinum, silver and zinc); and insulated wires, from simple copper wire to multi-coated biocompatible wire or special alloys. A second company, Galvarex, provides electroplating treatments for products, including wire, for demanding industries such as medical, automotive, micro tech and electronic.

A press release said that the acquired businesses will be reported in Kanthal, a division of Sandvik Materials Technology. “I am pleased that we are continuing to execute on our shift to growth strategy,” said Sandvik President and CEO Stefan Widing. “This acquisition is an important step for Sandvik Materials Technology in the preparations to become a separately listed company. With its increased focus on areas with high growth and strong earnings potential, Sandvik Materials Technology is strengthening their position for the future.”

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