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Cables and Accessories

Acquisition provides extended platform for future innovations

     1st July 2016 Communications and information technology company Nokia early last month announced its plans to acquire US-based Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) solutions provider Gainspeed via Nokia’s virtual Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product line, reports Nokia fixed networks business group... 

Cable protection key in solar systems

     1st July 2016 Despite the harsh environmental conditions that many photovoltaic (PV) installations are subject to, cable protection is often overlooked, reports electrical component, tool and machinery supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin.  

Cable protection key in solar systems
CABLE WEAR AND TEAR Cable damage and degradation can affect the long-term viability of photovoltaic installations

New digital multiswitch launched

     1st July 2016 Radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications provider MaxLinear Broadband Group, announced early last month that the high-end medical and industrial appliance manufacturer Unitron Group has added one of Europe’s largest satellite operators... 

New digital multiswitch launched
END PRODUCT FLEXIBILITY The product boasts 32 dynamically programmable user bands and dual L-band outputs for complete end product flexibility

System to reinforce western Norwegian grid

     1st July 2016 Records for the longest and deepest 420 Kv cross-linked polyethylene insulation (XLPE) submarine cable system were broken early this month by manufacturing company Nexans in an undersea installation commissioned to reinforce the grid in western Norway.  

System to reinforce western Norwegian grid
RECORD BREAKING DEPTHS The project involved 90 km of cable laid, at its deepest point, 390 m below sea level

Cable company improves market reach with BEE

By: David Oliveira     3rd July 2015 Cable theft prevention systems developer Cable Croc is aiming to improve its Level 4 black economic empowerment (BEE) rating to increase the company’s accessibility to markets that require higher BEE ratings, such as municipalities, as well as the mining and rail infrastructure sectors. Company... 

Cable company improves market reach with BEE
SUPPLY SUCCESS Cable Croc successfully supplied 1 520 units of its patented Cable Croc anchoring system to the uMhlathuze municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal

Cable-marking system delivered to KZN road project

By: David Oliveira     3rd July 2015 Cables manufacturer Aberdare Cables completed a supply contract in March for the delivery of 16 mm2 four-core FR Armoured, 25 mm2 four-core FR Armoured and 25 mm2 three-core Armadac cables to a road infrastructure project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The cables all employ Aberdare’s cable-marking... 

Company improves market offering with distributor agreement

By: David Oliveira     3rd July 2015 Electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation supplier Magnet’s electrical cable product offering was significantly enhanced by the company’s appointment as an official distributor for cable and cable connector producer Lapp Group, in March this year. “Lapp’s brand awareness and... 

Company improves  market offering with  distributor agreement
ÖLFLEX CLASSIC 110 The Ölflex Classic 110 connection and control cables are appropriate for use in power chains and applications with torsional movements

Free cable management product designs for download

     3rd July 2015 In cooperation with engineering information technology services provider Cadenas, cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton announced last month that the three- and two-dimensional (3D and 2D) computer-aided design (CAD) data of thousands of its products will be made available for free... 

HellermannTyton South Africa

     3rd July 2015 Electrical cable securing, connecting, routing, protecting, terminating, identification and test equipment solutions supplier HellermannTyton South Africa develops, manufactures, markets and sells products that meet a diverse range of industries’ needs, helping customers meet application-specific... 

HellermannTyton South Africa

Solar builds offer market opportunities for electrical suppliers

By: David Oliveira     3rd July 2015 Round 4 of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) presents a significant growth opportunity for electrical solutions suppliers, such as mechanical and electrical component supplier Elquip, notes the company’s MD Mike Cronin.... 

Solar builds offer market opportunities for electrical suppliers
UV PROTECTED Flexicon’s PA6 nylon conduit system is ideal for solar applications, owing to the material’s ability to resist exposure to high levels of UV light

Cables manufacturer innovator for over 165 years

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 As wire and cable manufacturer General Cable has been in the industry for over 165 years, the company currently has more than 14 000 associates across the world and generates $6-billion in revenues, making it one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world. The company serves... 

Cables manufacturer innovator for over 165 years
CABLE INNOVATION General Cable supplies cables through a global network of 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries

Product range increased with antistatic conduit systems

     4th July 2014 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions has increased its product range with antistatic flexible conduits from global conduit solutions provider Flexicon. “The LTPAS and LTPPUAS flexible conduits can be used to avoid electrostatic charge build-up on... 

Cable trunking range to include low energy lighting

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa has extended its digital light processing (DLP) cable trunking range to include new illuminated, low-energy consumption mini-trunking, plinths, trunking and columns. “The new multifunction illuminated DLP range is used to efficiently combine the... 

Cable trunking range to include low energy lighting
Photo by Legrand
ILLUMINATED RANGE The new DLP trunking range combines current distribution and LED illumination

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel supplied solar, fibre-optic,... 

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector
Photo by Helukabel
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa

New range of tapes for cable applications

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Local manufacturer of cable accessories and connectivity solutions provider Tank Industries will launch a new range of high-quality rubber and polyvinyl-chloride tapes for low- and medium-voltage cable applications this month. “Applications of the Plymouth brand of tapes, which are manufactured... 

New range of tapes for cable applications
Photo by Tank Industries
MARKET NICHE Applications of the tape range include general and mining cable jointing and cable termination

Waterblocking protects cables

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 As the penetration of water or the existence of moisture in cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables is an “unacceptable problem” associated with the life span of certain cables, especially under the influence of high electrical stresses, longitudinal waterblocking is an appropriate means of... 

Waterblocking protects cables
Photo by Aberdare Cables
MEANS OF PROTECTION Waterblocking is achieved by filling the free space within cables with materials that prevent water spreading

Wireless should complement cable roll-out

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 The cabling industry is significantly important in terms of long-term benefits for and the economic growth of South Africa, as it delivers more data transfer capacity through cable roll-out than wireless technology, which should, however, be regarded as complementary to cable roll-out, says... 

Wireless should complement  cable roll-out
Photo by Radwin SA
CABLE COMPANION Wireless solutions allow for rapid and affordable deployment for data transfer

Cable ties offered for harsh environments

     12th July 2013 Electric and digital building specialist Legrand notes that an important component in its industrial product range are Colson cable ties, designed for use in areas with exposure to aggressive chemicals, moisture, extreme temperatures and ultraviolet rays. “These flexible and corrosive resistant... 

SAPS to up game against copper cable theft 

By: Yolandi Booyens     12th July 2013 A training manual, which will assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in combating nonferrous metal theft more effectively, will be utilized to train SAPS members across the country from August 2013 to improve the comprehensiveness of knowledge about these type of crimes.  The Southern... 

SAPS to up game against copper cable theft
Photo by Bloomberg
THEFT STILL HINDERING SA While the value of stolen nonferrous metals in South Africa has decreased over the past year, owing to the fluctuating copper price, the volume stolen has actually increased in some cases (Bloomberg)

Technology adds value to health and safety protection

By: Yolandi Booyens     12th July 2013 Lighting and surge protection specialist Surgetek believes that its lifeline cable- cutter technology can improve a company’s health and safety record, as it offers increased protection to electrical cable repair teams. Surgetek states that these benefits are increasingly being realised in the... 

Thermoplastic switchboard available to market

     12th July 2013 An emphasis on improving the durability of low-voltage electric insulating switchboards has resulted in the creation of a switchboard manufactured from thermoplastic material, says Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. As a third-party channel for ABB low-voltage products in Southern Africa, Elquip... 

Cable manufacturer expands product offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 International Organisation for Standardisation- and South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) certified cable manufacturer Walro Flex has expanded its product range to include double insulated welding and blasting cable, says sales and marketing manager Peter Willers. 

Cable trench covers receive approval

     13th July 2012 The newly designed Rhino trench cover by electric cable supplier Consortium Cables has been approved by State-owned power utility Eskom for inclusion in its buyer’s guide and by freight logistics group Transnet for use at its projects, says Consortium Cables CEO Martin Modlin. 

Company targets offshore wind, solar power markets 

     13th July 2012 Fortune 500-company General Cable, which is headquartered in Kentucky, in the US, reports that it is well-positioned as a provider of comprehensive solutions to the growing offshore wind and solar power markets. 

Company targets renewable-energy sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 Cable specialist Lapp Southern Africa plans to promote its Ölflex solar cables and accessories range in the South African market to cater for the growth in the country’s renewable energy power generation capacity. 

Firm expands local cable offering

     13th July 2012 Cables and accessories supplier Webb Industries, part of JSE-listed Jasco Group, now distributed US-based cabling product manufacturer Times Microwave Systems’ SilverLine range of coaxial cables in South Africa. 

Flexible snap-on cable trunking range launched

     13th July 2012 Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand last month launched its DLP snap-on black and white flexible trunking, which is suitable for use in hotels, offices, shopping centres, theatres and homes. 

Last-mile wireless solution for restrictive rural areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 While cable is best suited to expanding South Africa’s broadband infrastructure, the cost of cable roll-out remains problematic in rural areas, and the additional challenge of cable theft is prompting service providers to re-evaluate their last-mile strategies, says wireless solutions provider... 

SABS revising standard to define water tree retardance

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is revising the SANS 1339 standard for medium-voltage cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables to further mitigate the phenomenon of water trees in this type of cable, manufacturer Aberdare Cables chief engineer Antony Falconer tells Engineering News. 

Strategic acquisition expands market, product offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 Electrical power cable manufacturer CBi electric: african cables, part of JSE-listed Reunert Group, acquired cable accessories supplier Tank Industries for an undisclosed amount in April. 

Variable reach truck for electric cable handling

     13th July 2012 Durban-based materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) South Africa offers a range of MecLift variable reach trucks, designed for diverse materials handling applications, including the efficient handling of electrical cabling, says BLT South Africa products manager Clinton van... 

Firm expands range with new safety cables

     8th July 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) has expanded its portfolio of power transmission components manufactured by Japan-based Tsubakimoto Chain Company (Tsubaki) to include KabelSchlepp carrier systems and safety cables.  

Forensically coded liquid used to deter criminals

     8th July 2011 UK-based risk management and crime prevention innovator SmartWater Technology has developed a forensically coded liquid technology, which can be used to trace an individual cable reel to its owner, ultimately, deterring criminals and reducing global cable theft. 

Gold-plated cables improve electronic device performance

     8th July 2011 Electronic product provider and connectivity solutions company Belkin reports that gold-plated cables can improve the performance of electronic devices, by providing better shielding, which reduces electrical noise and electromagnetic radiation. 

Manufacturer introduces new cabling system

     8th July 2011 Global manufacturer of electrical equipment, cable management systems and wiring accessories Legrand has introduced its new Legrand Cabling System2 (LCS²) offering. 

Recycled truck tyres used to prevent cable theft

By: Sinette Goosen     8th July 2011 Cable theft prevention company Cable Theft Solutions reports that it has the exclusive rights to a locally patented cable theft-prevention product that makes use of redundant truck tyres to create a durable tamper-proof shield for underground cables. 

Theft prevention system results in significant cost savings

     8th July 2011 The locally designed and manufactured CableGuard power cable theft protection system is generating significant cost savings for municipalities and businesses, says power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, which distributes the system. 

Acquisition part of African footprint expansion

By: Karishma Thakurdin     9th July 2010 One of the largest power cable manufacturers, General Cable has acquired its first factory in South Africa, through the acquisition of wire and cable manufacturer Phoenix Power Cable, at the end of last year.


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