IWMA News

23 November 2017

Global Success for CabWire as it concludes for 2017!

Congress Centre Düsseldorf East was host to the CabWire Industry Forum on 7th November 2017, where the world's cable industry elite gathered at this prestigious event run by the IWMA and IWCEA alongside the ITA conference. This sell out date generated interest from all around the globe, with a record number of attendees travelling from 19 countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and Bulgaria, as well as further afield such as Malaysia, India, Iran and China. 

“This established biennial conference was revamped and relaunched for 2017, with new educational workshops, impressive industry speakers, global suppliers and extended networking opportunities which made CabWire 2017 bigger and better than ever. The new forum is a joint venture between the International Wire & Machinery Association (IWMA) and the International Wire and Cable Exhibitors Association (IWCEA), and ran alongside the International Tube Association (ITA) conference which is a logical development” said Peter Large, IWMA Technical Chairman. 

CabWire is renowned for its worldwide appeal; indeed, it prides itself on providing speakers of the highest caliber to ensure that candidates are updated with all the technical innovations and breakthroughs driving their industry forward! An international network of key professionals from within the industry is guaranteed, who share information and insights on this global platform. Topics this year focused on current issues dramatically affecting the cable industry right now, including new insulation systems and the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

Delegates were brought up to date from the best in the industry: speakers gave presentations on new thermoplastic PP compounds to replace XLPE and deliver improved insulation properties whilst reducing manufacturing time increasing productivity; and overviews of the industry 4.0 possibilities in wire manufacturing and processing, to name but a few.

For the first time ever CabWire 2017 featured fundamental workshop sessions on key industry topics, these were repeated throughout the day and ran parallel to the main forum. They included: Polymer extrusion for cables; Cable design; Wire drawing; Conductor design; Induction heating; and, Stranding process. The busy schedule provided areas of interest for experienced candidates looking for a refresher or those new to the industry eager to learn more about the cable manufacture process. CabWire organisers were thrilled at how well attended and successful these workshops proved to be. Trainees fortunate enough to be funded to attend by the IWMA Educational Trust Fund, and fully-fledged delegates alike spoke extremely highly of this new extra for CabWire.

CabWire also offered a fabulous opportunity for exhibitors, where they can make a real impact with displays of their products and services, and gain access to potential customers, suppliers and producers alike. These exhibitor areas proved a great success. CabWire offers the most informative forum in the industry and the opportunity for exchange of information between attendees like no other.

And if a full day being brought up to speed on the industry wasn’t enough then attendees were able to meet fellow delegates and industry peers on board a specially chartered ship for a stunning evening cruise along the Rhine River. This free event was made available to all delegates where they could enjoy dinner, drinks and entertainment, and network with old friends and new – the evening was extremely well attended and will become a regular feature.

Peter Large, IWMA Technical Chairman also wishes to thank LEONI Kerpen GmbH for allowing Cabwire forum to visit their cable manufacturing facility on 8th November. The tour was a phenomenal success with delegates – being very well attended and enjoyed by all. Cabwire were delighted to have secured an exclusive organised visit to LEONI Kerpen GmbH for a tour of this advanced manufacturing facility. As a global supplier of wires, optical fibers, cables and cable systems, LEONI Kerpen is at the forefront of developments in today’s densely networked world and provided a tour of their state of the art facility as well as an opportunity to see their advances in copper and fiber technology in action.

CabWire now looks forward to 2019 and building on this year's achievements.

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