Nexans offers viable solutions in light of the current copper prices: Bimetal wires reduce costs and can be used for a wider variety of applications

Nexans to present a selection of its exclusive, blank wires at the wire trade fair in Düsseldorf, which will take place from 12-16 April, 2010. You can find us at booth B42 in hall 09

Bramsche/Neunburg vorm Wald, April 12, 2010 – Thanks to its bimetal wires, Nexans Deutschland GmbH is relieving users from the cost pressure associated with copper: The amount of copper required is reduced in the case of wires made from copper-clad steel (CCS) or aluminium (CCA). This reduces the material costs but not the quality. Quite the contrary in fact: Steel or aluminium cores often offer advantages.
Aluminium, for example, is associated with a weight advantage, while steel is associated with wires with a high tensile strength. The fact that the electrical conductivity of the core is not as high does not play a role in many applications: Highfrequency currents, in any case, tend to use the exterior area of the wire due to the skin effect so that the core conductance is not very important. The special features of the CC wires are indeed often necessary: Data lines with high mechanical loading, for example, benefit from the steel cores, which give them greater tensile strength. The bimetal connection cables of a towing vehicle (truck) can cope better with the permanent mechanical loading than copper solutions of the same diameter. In addition, the weight saving plays a decisive role in the aircraft industry. CCA reduces
the line weight
as well as fuel consumption and at the same time offers a cost reduction potential.

Peter Forkert, Director Sales & Marketing for Bare Conductors at Nexans Deutschland GmbH: “CCS and CCA wires have also been in high demand in recent years due to the high copper prices. Many users have only become aware of the advantages, which the special wires have to offer, during the course of the price negotiations. Decisive in terms of the purchase have, in most cases, however, been the special mechanical properties of these materials.”

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Nexans Germany is one of the leading cable manufacturers in Europe. The company is offering an extensive range of high performance cables, systems, and components for the telecommunications and energy sectors, rounded off by superconducting materials and components, Cryoflex transfer systems and special machinery for the cable industry. Producing at manufacturing plants with 6.240 employees in Germany and abroad, the sales in 2008 amounts to approx. 936 Mio Euro. The full integration into the Nexans Group Nexans Germany also benefits from excellent opportunities to use the available synergies in all corporate fields, which not only applies to worldwide projects but also to research and development, the exchange of know how, and to other areas. More information on