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1/3/2022 – Madison, Connecticut, USA – The Wire Association International (WAI) announces the appointment of James R. York as president of the association for a one-year term that commenced on January 1, 2022. York will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors and as the 69th president of the 92-year-old association, which is headquartered in Madison, Connecticut, USA.

 York is a senior vice president at Insteel Industries Inc., where he has worked since 2018. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in several leadership roles with Leggett & Platt including corporate vice president, Rod & Wire Products; and president of the Specialty Products Division, among others. His earlier experience included positions with CF&I Steel and Bekaert.

 A WAI member since 2012, York became a WAI Director in 2017. He contributed with service as an Executive Committee Liaison to its Exhibition Planning and Nominating Committees. In addition to his role as WAI president, York will serve as Co-Chairman of its Conference Programming Committee and Chairman of its Oversight Committee.

 Commenting on this new appointment, York said, “The WAI has been and continues to be an important resource for industry members. It is my intention to continue this focus by providing contemporary-based data and programs that assist in the success of our members’ organizations and day-to-day operations.”   

 York holds a BSBA degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia, College of Business, Columbia, Missouri, USA.

The Wire Association International is governed by a network of volunteers from around the globe. Joining York for the 2022 term are members of the association’s 2022 executive committee: First Vice President, Daniel Blais, Prysmian Group; Second Vice President, Kurt Breischaft, SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS; Immediate Past President, Thomas Heberling, Southwire Company LLC.

Insteel Industries is a manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. The company markets prestressed concrete strand and welded wire reinforcement. Its products are sold primarily to manufacturers of concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction.

WAI, founded in 1930, is a not-for-profit association with nearly 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 Exhibition 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
x. 117; Steven J. Fetteroll, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-1777.      
                                                                                               

 

Last modified on January 4, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022 – MADISON, Connecticut, USA  The Wire Association International reports that 70% of exhibit space has been sold for its biennial Wire Expo 2022, which will be staged concurrently with WAI’s 92nd annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA. Wire- and cable-related exhibits—featuring both supplier companies and manufacturers—will run June 7-8, 2022 in the center’s Marsalis Hall.

“For Wire Expo, 87 stands have been allocated already to 100 exhibiting companies,” said Shannon Timme, WAI’s Director of Sales. “We expect a sold out floorplan by March 2022, which ensures that Wire Expo will deliver a vibrant marketplace for in-person exchanges.”

WAI has issued a call for papers requesting presentations for the convention. Abstracts, which can be submitted online at:  https://bit.ly/WAIAbstracts, are due 2/1/2022.

 
Sponsors to date:

Platinum: Carris Reels Inc. and Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.; Gold: Lloyd & Bouvier Inc.; Silver: The MGS Group and Sikora International Corp.; Bronze: NDC Technologies and Precision Payoff Systems.

The Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA) is an industry partner with WAI.

Contact WAI’s Shannon Timme, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details about exhibiting and/or sponsorships.

 About the Organizer:
WAI, founded in 1930, is a not-for-profit association with nearly 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 Exhibition 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 x. 117; Steven J. Fetteroll, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-1777.

 

Last modified on January 4, 2022

12/6/21 –  Essex Furukawa has expanded its relationship with The Copper Mark, the only comprehensive social and environmental assurance program for the copper industry, to join as semis-fabricator partners committed to participate in a pilot program.

A press release said that the partnership aligns with Essex Furukawa and its Vision 2030 to meet the Accountability, Reporting, and Governance (elements) as well as Supply Chain Transparency of its holistic sustainability program.

The Copper Mark is an assurance framework available for the copper industry to demonstrate its responsible production practices and its contribution to the United Nations SDGs. There are two phases where the Copper Mark and Essex Furukawa will work together. The first is self-assessment, to run to March 2022, and the second, the assurance process, is from April 2022 to December 2022.

“Being able to further advance our sourcing, sustainability, and external partnerships like those with The Copper Mark all positively impact Vision 2030 as well as Essex Furukawa and the entire copper industry,” said Austin Robinson, sustainability project manager for Essex Furukawa. “While it is far from the finish line for the task at hand for Essex Furukawa, it is a tremendous step in the direction of Vision 2030 achieving its leadership position in the industry.”

Last modified on December 7, 2021

12/6/21 – The Prysmian Group announced that it ranks first with 87 points in the ELQ Electrical Components & Equipments on the Dow Jones Sustainability World index, according to the result of the 2021 annual review conducted by S&P Global CSA.
A press release said that Prysmian is the only pure cable maker included in the sustainability index at global level that covers more than 5,300 companies. “Prysmian Group CEO Valerio Battista said that the designation “recognizes our commitment in constantly improve the sustainability of our operations, supply chain and organization. Sustainability is also integrated as a fundamental part of our business growth strategy. We are strongly committed to support the transition to renewable energy resources as well as to a digitalized and decarbonized world, by making available the most advanced cables and optical fiber technology for power grids and telecom networks.”
Prysmian achieved the best results (100 points) in the following categories: Innovation Management, Environmental Reporting, Social Reporting, Talent Attraction & Retention, Materiality, Risk & Crisis Management and Occupational Health & Safety. Prysmian Group’s targets for reducing emissions was also approved recently by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The company also reported that it has become the first company in the cables sector to join the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), a non-profit coalition working to eliminate child labor and poor working conditions in mica supply chains.
A press release said that joining RMI is part of Prysmian’s Social Ambition targets and its commitment to improving the lives of people in the communities and local areas where it operates. “Prysmian Group uses a limited amount of mica in its products, in relation to the sector in which we operate,” said Prysmian Group Chief Operating Officer Massimo Battaini. “Our membership in the Responsible Mica Initiative is a step forward in ensuring the sustainability of our supply chain.”

Last modified on December 6, 2021

11/2/21 – Madison, Connecticut, USA The Wire Association International (WAI) reports that its recent Industry 4.0 Conference drew 550 attendees who registered to hear 35 speakers in 28 sessions over the two-day airing October 26-27, 2021.

 

Top billing was shared by two keynote speakers:

  • Award-winning filmmaker Brett Culp who presented “Superhero Leadership: How everyday people can have an extraordinary impact”;  and
  • Kathleen Edge, EVP Operations, Southwire Company LLC who discussed a: “Connected – flexible operating system.”

Conference topics included: Big Data; IoT & Industrial IoT; Process Automation; Smart Factories, Smart Planning, Smart Integration; and Virtual Reality.

 Each 25-minute segment included an opportunity for both a live chat with the speakers and a discussion area designated for more interaction after sessions closed. Registrants are afforded the opportunity to replay sessions for 30 days after the sessions closed.

 “The Industry 4.0 Conference program was just the right amount of theory and practical information on this broad and fast-moving subject,” said WAI’s President Tom Heberling of Southwire Co. LLC. “For those who participated, you truly understand the far-reaching impact of global digitization and the influence on nearly all aspects of our businesses. This is an exciting period for wire and cable manufacturing.”

The production also included the Association’s Annual Meeting over which WAI’s 2021 President Tom Heberling presided to bestow congratulations to award winners. This year’s winners included David Hawker who received The Donnellan Memorial Award; Oriol Guixà, winner of the Mordica Memorial Award; and Bill Jarae who received the President’s Award.

 Sponsors included:

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

Gold level: Carris Reels Inc.; and Continuus-Properzi SpA

Silver level: AIM; Niehoff Endex North America; RichardsApex Inc.; and SIKORA International Corp.
Bronze level: Champlain Cable Corp.; Enkotec Co. Inc.; and Fort Wayne Wire Die.

 The Wire Asociation 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
x. 117; Steven J. Fetteroll, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel.: 001-203-453-1777.                                                                             
                                                                                                            

Last modified on November 2, 2021

9/30/21 – It's October already but not too late to register for the IWCS starting this Monday, October 4th, kicking off with the annual Executive Session for Management, Panel Discussion, and Keynote presentation. Take in the Technical Sessions and Virtual Exhibition for the balance of the week!

Executive Session
This program element presents important information you need to manage your business. This session is designed for the general management of the wire and cable producing companies and their suppliers. Important issues facing the industry will be addressed by expert speakers in a provocative session which will be followed by a panel of industry leaders reflecting on the issues. Presentations by key industry analysts and market experts are featured as follows:

2021 Executive Session Presentations

A Wire And Cable Market Boom Amid Risks, Chenfei Wang, Senior Analyst, CRU International.

Opportunities For The Optical Cable Market In A Post-Pandemic World, Michael Finch, Head of Wire & Cable, CRU International

Global Economic Outlook, Robert Fry, Chief Economist, Robert Fry Economics

Panel Discussion
Insightful perspectives and answer your questions on Connectivity Technology Trends and Critical Infrastructure. Chenfei Wang, Michael Finch, and Robert Fry will join the following panelists to comprise a well-rounded panel that includes: Trevor Smith, VP of Strategy & Business Development, CommScope; Ric Johnson, SVP Broadband Networks, CommScope; Boh DuPree, Dir. Network Investments, Facebook; and Roland Montagne, Principal Analyst/Director IDATE/DigiWorld Institute.


Keynote Address
Demand/Needs for Connectivity Infrastructure in a Post Pandemic World, Trevor Smith, VP of Strategy & Business Development, CommScope

Visit www.iwcs.org.  

Last modified on September 30, 2021

9/23/21 – Madison, Connecticut, USA.  The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. will host a Virtual Industry 4.0 Conference along with its 91st Annual Convention on Oct. 26-27, 2021, as a continuation of its educational mission. The virtual format gives registrants the opportunity to participate from any location; interact with speakers; and also to replay sessions of interest.

Remarking on the introduction of the new conference, WAI President Tom Heberling said, “Offering this conference virtually is valuable for everyone who wants to understand how Industry 4.0 technologies apply to wire making. We are thrilled that the speakers—originally scheduled for Interwire—are cued up and ready to bring their expertise and energy to the program. We’ve adjusted our expectations upward since attendance is convenient for all.”

The 21 sessions feature speakers from manufacturing companies currently using Industry 4.0 technologies in their plants, as well as representatives from a wide range of suppliers that offer solutions in this space. Session categories include: Big Data; IoT; Industrial IoT; Process Automation; Smart Factories; Smart Planning; Smart Integration; and Virtual Reality.

The WAI Annual Convention features the following keynote speakers on Oct. 26 and 27, respectively.
Award-winning filmmaker Brett Culp presents “Superhero Leadership: How everyday people can have an extraordinary impact; and Kathleen Edge, EVP Operations, Southwire Company LLC presents: “Connected – flexible operating system.”

This program has the generous support of the following sponsors: Cerro Wire LLC; Encore Wire Corp.; Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; James Monroe Wire and Cable Corp.; Lloyd & Bouvier Inc.; Prysmian Group; SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS; Sonoco Reels & Spools; Southwire Co. LLC; Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.

Discounts are available for WAI members. Tickets are $90 USD for full access; and $110 for full access plus new WAI membership.

Visit: https://waiindustry40.heysummit.com/ for full details and to register.

Last modified on September 23, 2021

9/17/21 – Teknor Apex Company will present a webinar, Decoding the Wire & Cable Material Recognition Program, that features veteran staffers Mike Patel, director of marketing, and David Braun, wire & cable industry manager. It will be held at 2 pm EST on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and is open for registration at this link. Joining Patel and Braun will be Anthony Tassone, principal engineer, UL.

 The hour-long webinar will include the following topics:

  •  Current trends in wire & cable applications
  • How using UL-recognized components may help eliminate additional material testing saving time and money (an FAQ/panel discussion with UL)
  • Differences between polymeric materials for use in wire and cable vs. plastics component recognitions
  • How Teknor Apex develops compounds with regulations and UL recognitions in mind

The event will include a Q&A session, and attendees are welcome to send questions.

About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics.  Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.

The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of custom compounds, including Apex® flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy® vinyl elastomers, Fireguard® low-flame, low-smoke compounds, and Halguard® low-smoke, halogen free, flame retardant compounds and elastomers. The Division is a global supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries.

 The company can be contacted at: Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI  02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000.  Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 


  

Last modified on September 17, 2021

9/8/21 -  Loos and Company is proud to announce the unveiling of our new government sales webpage. This page features our capabilities statement, shows proof of qualifications, lists our manufacturing standards and specifications, and provides an overview of our areas of support. As a domestic manufacturer, Loos has numerous certifications that we feel are important to share with you, especially when they regard government contracts. Here is a brief breakdown of the new government sales page.

Buy America, Buy American, and Domestic Manufacturing:

Loos draws wire, strands, and closes wire rope up to 1-1/4" DIA right in the USA at our Pomfret, Connecticut facility. As a result, our capability statement focuses on how Loos meets the standards of Buy America and Buy American. What's Buy American? Specific manufacturing outlines set by the Federal Government. For a wire product to qualify for Buy American, the wire must be manufactured in the USA, and the cost of domestic components must exceed 50% of the total cost. You may have noticed we also use the terms "100% domestic" or "Buy America" when talking about our products. For wire rope to be called "100% domestic" or "Buy America", products are required to have been manufactured in the USA from components made in the USA, including the steel mill products. Refer to our complete government sales page for additional information.

Our Primary Areas of Support:

Our new government sales webpage focuses on our ability to meet Military and Federal specifications. Our page provides the exact number and callouts for each of these specifications, making it easy to see the full extent of our manufacturing capabilities.

Our Certifications:

Our new webpage highlights some of our achievements as a manufacturing company. For example, our Wire and Wire Rope Division at Loos meets ISO 9001:2015 & AS9100: Rev D certification. Additionally, we have highlighted our CAGE and DUNS ID numbers to make it easy for those working in government sales quickly to quickly and easily reference our capabilities.

To look at a complete list of our domestic capabilities, the primary areas we support, and the certifications & ID numbers we have at Loos and Company, check out our brand-new government sales page! If you would like to discuss one of our Government specifications, you can contact our Government sales specialist here. Alternatively, if you have any other questions, our team is happy to help! Reach out to us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (860) 928-7981.

Last modified on September 8, 2021

9/8/21 -- Ulbrich understands the need for rapid Medical Device development cycles. With the new Ulbrich Braid Wire Accelerator™ Program, timelines and specific design performance characteristics are faster and more precise than ever before. Once an order is placed, we will ship a set of bobbins directly from our manufacturing facility within 24 hours and can have the product in customers’ hands in 72 hours or less. Alloys currently offered through this program are Stainless Steels, Nitinol, L605, MP35N, Tungsten, and Copper Beryllium, with plans of adding new materials in the future.

Braid reinforcement wires are important components in minimally invasive delivery systems. Our wires enable torque transmission and strength in these critical systems, with just the right amount of flexibility. As a leader in specialty wire production and development, Ulbrich’s wire manufacturing capabilities can reach as small as 0.0005″ diameter (about 5 times thinner than a human hair). Ulbrich’s advantages include tight dimensional and mechanical property control, which translates to a consistent program of commonly used sizes and alloys for quick response to new and existing medical braid wire customers.

Inventory management and customer service are areas in which Ulbrich excels and this program allows for braid wire customers to stabilize their supply chain. Our Development Partnership serves as an extension of your design team. When it comes to metals, we can bring expertise, technology and extraordinary processing capabilities to your project. That’s lightning-fast support from Ulbrich, your trusted partner from concept through mass production!

Ulbrich Specialty Wire Products, located in Westminster, South Carolina, is equipped for rolling, drawing, annealing, straightening and precision winding of a variety of round, flat and square wire products. Our “focus factory” (factory within a factory) dedicates managers and engineers along with state-of-the-art equipment to produce and manage industry specific requirements.

Ulbrich offers technical support and applications engineers who work directly with customers to determine product needs and specifications based upon our customers processes, equipment and specific needs. Ulbrich is on the technical forefront of the metals industry delivering precision wire products to an increasingly diversified and global marketplace, expanding into the medical, solar, electronics, aerospace, microwave cable, automotive and other industries.

Last modified on September 8, 2021

8/12/21 – Citing the ongoing Covid-19 related effects in Brazil, organizers Cipa Fiera Milano and Messe Düsseldorf decided to cancel the 2021 staging of wire South America and TUBOTECH. The new dates for both events is Oct. 25-27, 2022, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The events had been scheduled to be held Oct. 5–7, 2021. at the Sao Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at wire South America and TUBOTECH 2022, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, tel. 312-781-5180, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the event website, www.wire-south-america.com.

Last modified on August 12, 2021

8/9/21 – The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces two keynote speakers to open each day of Interwire 2021 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Both presenters focus on a desire for change to make every day a rewarding experience—one emphasizing leadership, the other through operational improvements and technology.


Tuesday, Oct. 26. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Brett Culp, founder of The Rising Heroes Project, will address the audience with his presentation titled: “Superhero Leadership: How everyday people can have an extraordinary impact,” at 10:00 a.m.

Through his groundbreaking non-profit documentary work, Culp has pioneered the art of creating “mini-movements” that inspire the super-human spirit in all of us. His approach to community-building and relationship-driven engagement invite people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together. Passionate, energetic, and engaging, he encourages audiences to find the superhero within and their own path to “everyday leadership.” His insights on connecting individuals to an organization’s mission and goals resonate, help us realize our greatest personal and business potential, and renew our collective sense of hope for the future.

Culp is known for the films, Legends of the Knight, and Look to the Sky, both of which explore the power of heroic stories and heroic individuals to inspire us to believe in a better tomorrow. His newest film, A Voice That Carries, premiered in early June 2021. His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and other top digital platforms.


Wednesday, Oct. 27. Kathleen Edge, Executive Vice President of Operations at Southwire Company, LLC, will discuss “Southwire’s connected flexible operating system” at 10:00 a.m.

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 has been a decade in the making. The wire and cable industry is delivering power to this revolution with solutions and services. Southwire is on a mission to revolutionize operations and make the lives of its operators easier and more rewarding by equipping experienced employees with tools to realize the true benefits of technology.
Edge has led a group of 34 manufacturing locations, as well as ten distribution centers, and many worldwide support areas with a method that emphasizes lean operational toolkits; modernization; and safety improvements.

Industry 4.0 – the theme of the Interwire show – is evident in the activities and aspects taking place on the show floor including: the Industry 4.0 Pavilion, exhibits, mini briefings, and conference sessions. See the full program at www.interwire21.com.

REGISTRATION:
Interwire 2021 registration is open at www.interwire21.com. Since all activities will be held on the exhibit floor, registration includes the Industry 4.0 sessions, exhibits, keynotes, production solution demonstrations, and the welcome reception. Advance registration pricing is as follows: WAI member: $75 USD; New WAI member: $140 USD; Nonmember: $175. Registration for the hybrid Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing course is separate with advance rates as follows: WAI member: $295 USD; New WAI member: $395 USD; Nonmember: $445.

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.


  

Last modified on August 9, 2021

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