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Cables and Accessories

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Maintenance contract 
for West African cable 
system signed

9th July 2010 West African submarine cable company Main One Cable and telecomunications equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent have signed a maintenance contract for phase one of the Main One cable system, which is an open access submarine cable network that will link West Africa to the rest of the world... 

Infrastructure drive provides opportunities for industry

9th July 2010 The beleaguered South African high-voltage cables and conductors market has received a fillip with power utility Eskom launching a massive infrastructure development drive, reports growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. 

Environment friendly approach 
can benefit 

By: Karishma Thakurdin     9th July 2010 Manufacturer of cable management systems and accessories Legrand South Africa says that it is crucial for all role-players within the cabling industry to adopt an environment-friendly approach to the development and sale of its products and systems. 

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.


New cable system aims to reduce theft

By: Karishma Thakurdin     9th July 2010 CableGuard, a new cable theft prevention system, aims to make it extremely difficult for cable thieves to steal cables laid in trenches, says power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables product development and application GM Antony Falconer. 

Production continues to decline, cable association affirms

By: Karishma Thakurdin     9th July 2010 The Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers of South Africa (AECMSA) reports that the cable industry has been negatively impacted on as a result of the worldwide economic slump. 

Cable manufacturer receives SABS certification

By: Jacqueline Holman     10th July 2009 Cable manufacturer Walro Flex has received its South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification for the manufacture of nonautomotive cable, says Walro Flex sales and marketing manager Peter Willers. 

Cable supplier expands its environmental footprint

10th July 2009 Power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables has developed a range of substitute materials and colour pigments that do not contain heavy metals for its manufacture of ranges of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cables to convey power from municipalities to homes and for use in underground electrical... 

New fire protection system enters market

10th July 2009 Electrical equipment, cable management systems and wiring accessories suppliers Legrand has extended it cable management portfolio to include a new fire protection system that conforms with stringent fire protection standards and adheres to relevant building safety regulations that apply in... 

Cabling products supplied to local industry

10th July 2009 Ancillary telecommunication equipment suppliers Webb are supplying two new Telegärtner products to the local industry. 

Covered cable carrier developed 
for harsh environments

10th July 2009 Cable and hose carrier and management systems engineering company Kabelschlepp has developed the CoverTrax 1555 specifically for harsh environments. 

Pirate activity affects undersea cable system project

10th July 2009 The increase in pirate activity during April and May 2009, in terms of intensity and geographical coverage, has necessitated a change in undersea cable system Seacom’s cable installation plans, which have resulted in a delay in the ready for service date from June 27, 2009 to July 23, 2009. 

O-Line buys Armco in R142m deal

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd October 2008 Designer, manufacturer and supplier of cable management and structural support systems in Southern Africa and the Far East, O-line Holdings, has acquired the entire business of the Armco Group from Steelwood Africa for R142-million. 

Fibre-optic undersea cable construction on track

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 The construction of an undersea cable, which is to serve South Africa’s bandwidth needs for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, while also supporting sustained East and South African economic growth, is on track and in a mature stage of development,... 

Correct cabling the key to data transmission

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 In the widespread implementation of converged communication networks, incorrectly installed cabling infrastructure can become a key bandwidth killer, states converged communications solutions distributor Westcon AME chief technology officer Graham Vorster. 

New cable achieves gigabit data transmission

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Integrated technology company, Siemens, has succeeded in sending one gigabit a second down plastic fibres, which is a record for data transmission in optical polymer fibre cables, reports the company. 

Trunking system suits industrial and commercial applications

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Cable management systems manufacturer, Legrand South Africa, manufactures an adaptable trunking system, and provides solutions to trunking requirements in industrial and commercial environments, reports Legrand South Africa national sales manager Timothy Mountjoy. 

Distribution systems company invests in cable

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Electrical distribution systems company, CBI-electric, has made large capital investments at their Vereeniging facility over the last twelve months.  

Screened cables eliminate VSD motor operation radiation

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 Screened motor drive cables eliminate interference problems that can arise without warning in the variable speed drives (VSD) to motor combination, reports cable company Lapp Cable marketing and sales manager Grant Joyce. 

State-owned IT company to build cross-Atlantic submarine cable

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th July 2008 The African West Coast Cable (AWCC), initiated by State-owned broadband infrastructure company, Broadband Infraco, is government's lead initiative to rapidly deploy broadband capacity and create a sustainable competitive international bandwidth market in South Africa, reported the Department of... 

Telkom turns to fibre as cable-theft costs rise to nearly R1bn

By: Leandi Kolver     27th June 2008 Fixed-line operator Telkom lost R980-million worth of cable to thieves during the year ended March. CEO Reuben September stated that cable theft continued to create major challenges. 

Hopes high for lower bandwidth pricing as African cable projects accelerate

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd May 2008 Within a relatively short time span, fibre-optic cables for telecommunications have become the preferred means of communication between countries. Unfortunately, Africa is still especially disconnected and still extensively employs expensive satellite systems to communicate with other countries. 

Copper should be declared a precious resource – Minister 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th March 2008 “We have to look into declaring copper as precious, or our economy will not be able to grow,” said the Minister of Communications, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, at the official opening of black-empowerment cable manufacturer Malesela Taihan Electrical Cable’s new telecommunications... 

SADC telecoms growth underpins cable plant investment 

By: Leandi Kolver     7th March 2008 A R20-million telecommunications cable-manufacturing facility erected in Vereeniging by black-empowerment cable manufacturer Malesela Taihan Electrical Cable (M-Tec) will assist government in delivering on its 2010 communications promises says Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri. 

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