Europacable participated in RGI workshop "The prospects of undergrounding power lines” hosted by Amprion in Raesfeld, Germany

The RGI workshop brought together leading TSOs from across Europe reviewing 380kV underground projects currently being rolled out in Europe. As a highlight, Amprion offered participants the opportunity to visit the current construction of the Raesfeld 380kV undergrounding project.

The workshop concluded with participants agreeing to set up a Task Force under the RGI umbrella to further elaborate how undergrounding can be made an intrinsic tool for TSO toolboxes when planning and implementing new power transmission projects in Europe.

For further information please see the RGI website here.

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Putting safety first: Europacable welcomes CPR

Starting tomorrow, 1st July 2017, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) will govern any cable product that is intended for use in construction works, and is subject to performance requirements on reaction to fire.

Pascal Portevin, Chairman of the Europacable Executive Board, welcomes the CPR:Europacable, the Association of Europe´s leading wire and cable manufacturers, has been working for more than a decade with the European Commission and Member States to achieve these fire performance requirements for power, control and communication cables. We are proud that our products can contribute to an improved safety level for European citizens.

However, having the standards in place will not automatically guarantee the best protection: only if these standards are rigorously applied and controlled, lives will be saved and damages reduced. Europacable member companies are therefore fully committed to putting safety first: We will actively promote, support and accompany the thorough implementation of CPR requirements for cables across all EU member states."

Concretely, Europacable will:

1. Actively work to ensure that any cable that falls under the scope of the CPR will be fully compliant to mandatory standards.

2. Design and implement an effective and functioning market surveillance system across EU member states to ensure compliance to mandatory standards and to effectively withdraw products which have been identified as non-complying. This is the only way to mitigate the potential risks for European citizens in case of fire. This system will also help singling out non-complying products which can be detected on the EU market, not only distorting competition, but for CPR regulated products, presenting risks for European citizens in case of fire if products falsely claim compliance.

3. Actively support market surveillance authorities at member state level by identifying non-compliant products by sample taking, testing of products and reporting any findings to the authorities and Notified Bodies in charge.

In addition, national cable maker associations at member state level will:

1. Provide the appointed market surveillance authorities with information in order to ensure the right level of awareness and knowledge of processes and resources, allowing them

   a) to monitor the introduction of CPR compliant products into their territories,

   b) to identify at the earliest possible stage non-complying products, and

   c) to ensure the withdrawal of these non-complying products.

2. Monitor the action plans prepared on a regular basis by national market surveillance authorities, in order to ensure that they provide for the appropriate level of controls of products placed on the market.

By committing to the above, Europacable and its members will actively contribute to making the CPR a success for consumers in Europe: Let´s put SAFETY FIRST!

All members of Europacable have signed the Europacable Industry Charter and are committed to supply safe and reliable cables and systems in line with the relevant EU or equivalent international regulations and standards for safety and reliability.

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BCO video "European Cable manufacturers leading the cable industry"

Following it recent visit to the Douvrin optical fibre plant, the Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility has now launched this video featuring "European Cable manufacturers leading the cable industry".

Please click here for more background information of the BCO via the European Commission DG Connect website.

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Europacable hosts General Assembly 2017

Last Thursday, Europacable hosted its 2017 General Assembly. Bringing together over 75 senior representatives of nearly all Europacable member companies, the General Assembly again proved to be the annual meeting point of Europe´s leading cable producers.

Next to the networking, the key objective of this year´s edition was to provide an update of the progress made since the re-organisation of Europacable in 2016. All teams have reported solid progress.

Presentations featured an analysis of the Brexit, Trump and its implication for Europe moving forward as well as updates from our partners including T&D Europe and UNIFE, who have organised a campaign to strengthen Europe´s manufacturing base.

Last but not least, this year´s General Assembly also offered the Europacable Accessories Committee to present its 10 Years anniversary by showcasing some of its products in the context of the GA.

All presentations will be uploaded shortly at the Europacable website.

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Europacable welcomes BCO delegation at Douvrin Optical Fibre plant

Today, Europacable, the Association of Europe´s leading cable producers, welcomed a delegation of some 30 officers from 16 Member State Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) and the European Commission at the Douvrin optical fibre plant.

Hosted by one of the leading Europacable member companies, the purpose of the visit was to allow BCO members to get a first-hand view of  the latest optical fibre cable technologies. BCOs are currently being set up as a tool to facilitate broadband roll out across Europe. Their key objective is to support project implementation by helping to access EU funding schemes and to ensure that there is a profound knowledge about the latest available technologies. 

It is in this context that Europacable welcomed the opportunity to provide an introduction to technical aspects of telecommunication networks, a profound insight into key aspects of optical fibre and cable technology and implications in the regulatory framework.

Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Digital Team commented: “We are honoured that the EU’s Broadband Competence Offices have chosen a facility from one of Europacable’s members to learn more about optical fibre technology made in Europe. This underlines the importance of the cooperation between the European institutions and Europacable.” He stressed: “As Europacable we believe that it is of utmost importance to “do it right”: Europe´s broadband roll-out needs to be future-proof and that means high quality cables ensuring long-term service reliability, ease of maintenance and upgrading, as well as high cost efficiency over the entire lifespan.”

Jan Dröge (Schuman Associates), Head of the European Commission’s Broadband Competence Offices, took part in the event. Mr. Dröge has been instrumental in setting up a Support Facility for the national and regional BCOs: “The Support Facility will help set up new BCOs, promote best practices and share knowledge and experience on broadband investments. Our focus will be on rural areas where connectivity challenges are highest. The overall objective is of course to deliver on the EU Digital Agenda targets on broadband rollout, notably a universal coverage of 30 Mbps, and 50% of users connect at 100 Mb/s.”

Please click here to visit the BCO website of European Commission DG Connect.

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Europacable speaks at the 3rd Advanced Cable Middle East Conference 2017

This week, Europacable spoke at the 3rd Advanced Cable Middle East Conference 2017 organised by Integer in Dubai.

The conference provided an overview of the current developments in the Middle East wire and cable market. Europacable had been invited to update participants on recent developments in the Energy, Telecom and construction sectors in Europe seeking to re-connect the two neighbouring regions.

Please click here for more information on the conference.

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Europacable joins call for more ambitious EU industrial strategy to strengthen manufacturing industry in Europe

Together with 91 other European manufacturing associations, Europacable calls upon the European Commission to take action to ensure the EU remain a competitive global industrial power playing in a fairer world market.

Europe is the cradle of the manufacturing industry and has been at the forefront of industrial revolutions and technological innovations. The industry directly employs over 34 million people across all Member States, in supply chains comprising hundreds of thousands of SMEs and larger suppliers. It also indirectly accounts for millions of additional jobs in related sectors.

Yet as other countries around the world put their industries first, the time has come to raise the alarm about considerable challenges the European manufacturing industry is facing.

Together with 91 European manufacturing industries, representing a diverse range of sectors, Europacable calls on the European Commission to:
- reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;
- adopt an Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
- commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on progress.

Please click here to read the Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy launched yesterday in the run-up to the Competitiveness Council on Monday and the EU Industry Day on 28 February.


"Let´s do it right!" - Europacable speaks at FTTH Conference, Marseille

This morning, Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Digital Team participated in a high-level panel debate at the 2017 edition of the FTTH Conference held in Marseille.

Mr. Vanhille re-iterated the core Europacable positioning with regard to the Commission´s Gigabite ambitions and the high capacity networks needed to ensure Europe´s future competitiveness. In the discussion focussed on the new European Communications Code as presented by the European Commission in the autumn of last year,

Mr. Vanhille stressed: “When considering which telecommunication networks Europe needs for the future, let´s move beyond the obsession of focusing on CAPEX only. Consumer experience and operational expenditure need more attention. The future landing point will be a capilar fibre network in Europe. Europacable is calling to deploying the right technical solutions with high quality products. Let´s do it right, so that we do not have to re-invest later.”

For more information on the conference please visit: www.ftthconference.eu

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Europacable welcomes ETIP SNET R&I Roadmap

Europacable welcomes the publication of theEuropean Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition”  (ETIP SNET) 10 year Research & Innovation (R&I) Roadmap 2017-26.

The roadmap outlines the long term key priorities to enable the transition towards a reliable and sustainable European electricity system with very high shares of renewables. It estimates that 2.5 billion euros investments in R&I are needed over the next 10 years to help manage Europe’s Energy Transition as a system. One of the prioritised topics is the modernisation of networks in which cables will play a central role.

The new  Roadmap provides a system view to the entire energy transition by addressing a scope larger than smart electricity grids: It also encompasses interactions with the gas and heat networks and focuses on integration of all flexibility solutions into the power system, including energy storage technologies.The full implementation of all R&I activities is estimated at 2.5 billion euros needed to finance innovation over the next decade both for transmission and distribution systems, and to be co-financed from the public and private sector. The RD&I priorities defined in the Roadmap are organised in clusters and functional objectives. The clusters give an indication of the prioritised topics including the modernisation of the network.

The ETIP SNET Roadmap is available for download here.


Leadership Change Europacable Communication Team

Effective February 1st, Yann Gontier of Nexans will hand over the Chairmanship of the Europacable Communication Team to Philipp Stenzel of Head of Marketing with nkt cables.

The outgoing Chairman, Yann Gontier highlighted: “Over the past 3 years, I enjoyed launching and leading the first Europacable Communication team. Thanks to the support of the Executive Board and the Leadership Teams we have made a huge first step to improve visibility of the Wire & Cable industry through Europacable. But still, the communication of our Industry has a long way to go, and I am sure that Philipp Stenzel will be a perfect leader for the Communication team.”

The incoming Chairman, is looking forward to taking on his new role, moving from being an active member of the Europacable Communication Team over the past 3 years to taking its helm: “It´s a pleasure for me to take the responsibility of the Communications chairmanship within Europacable and thus represent the communication team of a rapidly changing and exciting industry. At the same time I regret a lot that Yann will be leaving us and want to take the opportunity to thank him for all his great efforts and achievements during his chairmanship.” said Philipp Stenzel.

He stresses: “Looking ahead, one of my top priorities will surely be increasing the visibility of Europacable and its member companies across the society. This will require substantial involvement and commitment of all member companies which I deeply trust we will get. I am looking forward to upcoming challenges and encourage you to get involved where and wherever possible.”



Europacable welcomes „Winter Package"

Europacable welcomes the Commission´s initiatives „Clean Energy for all Europeans – Unlocking Europe´s Growth Potential” unveiled yesterday – commonly referred to as “The Winter Package”. While detailed implications of this comprehensive work will yet to be understood, Europacable clearly believes that better interconnected electricity infrastructures will remain a `conditio sine qua non´ to achieve the proposals main objectives.

Set out in over 1.000 pages, the proposals have three main objectives: Putting energy efficiency first; Achieving global leadership in renewable energies; and Providing a “fair deal” for consumers. Commission VP Sefcovic expressed his hope that the package will “boost clean energy transition by modernizing Europe´s economy”. As initial reactions are mixed with concerns being mainly raised about the future support of renewable energies, Europacable will be closely monitoring as the debate unfolds, seeing the proposal head through the European Parliament and Council.

The key Commission’s press release is available here.  All documents of the package, including further press material, all legislative proposals and their impact assessments, all non-legislative initiatives, factsheets, staff working documents etc., are available here.  The video of the live Press Conference by Vice-President Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ and Commissioner Miguel ARIAS CANETE about the Clean Energy EU package can be viewed here.

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Europacable speaks at T&D Energy Conference

On Tuesday, Europacable participated in the panel debate “A truly European network infrastructure – enabling the reinvention of electricity” hosted by T&D Europe in Brussels. At the conference, Europacable was represented by Raul Gil, Chairman Europacable Energy Team, COO Prysmian Powerlink, Detlev Waimann, EVP NKT Cables and Dr. Dirk Steinbrink, SEVP High Voltage & Underwater Cable Business Group Nexans.

High voltage underground and submarine cables will be a core technology for Europe´s future transmission grids: With 48% of the PCIs in the 2016 ENTSO-E TYNDP planned with underground or submarine cables, they will be a core backbone of Europe´s future transmission grids.  “With an annual production of some 11.000 km of EHV cables in Europe alone, the European cable industry is ready to deliver against expectations. What will be needed is a thorough and reliable planning to ensure there are no bottlenecks”, Raul Gil, Chairman of the Europacable Energy Team, stressed at the T&D conference in Brussels.

Detlev Waimann, Member of the Europacable Energy Leadership Team, highlighted how underground cable technology will help to get Europe´s grids built on time. Mr. Waimann pointed out: “On average today it takes 15 years to realise transmission projects due to a lack of public acceptance. Underground cables complementing overhead lines in sensitive areas facilitate public acceptance and speed up permitting procedures. They are the key to making our networks socially acceptable.”

Europacable called on legislators and regulators to ensure technology neutrality. Dr. Dirk Steinbrink, Member of the Europacable Energy Leadership Team, highlighted: “What we need is technology neutrality: All technology options including undergrounding need to be considered from the outset of every transmission project. This will help to reduce the greatest cost to society: The cost of not having the lines”.

Please click here to read the Europacable Communication

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Europacable attends Brussels „Broadband Day: Going Giga"

Today, Europacable attends the Broadband Day: Going Giga, hosted by the European Commission DG Connect in Brussels. The day features a series of panel discussions on how to make the broadband roll out in Europe become a reality. In his opening speech, Commissioner Oettinger re-stressed the 3 core objectives outlined in the Connectivity Package in September:
1) Access to high-gigabit-connectivity for all main socio-economic drivers like schools, universities, hospitals, public service providers and digital enterprises
2) 5G coverage for all urban areas and major road;
3) At least 100Mbps download speed for all EU households both urban and rural.

Commissioner Oettinger explicitly stated that for him the focus now lies on deploying a smart investment strategy to deliver “future proof fibre to all buildings” and “5G roll out”. He estimates 500bn € investments largely driven by private investors. Presentations will be made available here.

The conference follows last night´s award ceremony of the 2016 European Broadband Awards competition. The five projects were selected in different categories focusing on innovative models of financing, cost reduction, affordability, competition or quality of service. Some of the projects focus on rural broadband connectivity, while some have wider scale and cover regions or even their whole country. The winners will be serving as exemplary projects for anyone planning broadband development in Europe. The five winning projects are presented here.


SAVE THE DATE: Europacable 2017 General Assembly

The 2017 Europacable General Assembly will be held in Brussels on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

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Europacable featured in latest digital edition of Manufacturing Today Europe

MTE is a dedicated manufacturing magazine for senior executives across manufacturing in Europe and across the globe. The magazine shares the success stories/case studies that have made global manufacturers more competitive, more efficient and in many cases truly world-class.

Please click here to see the Europacable article on page 113/114 

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Europacable welcomes Commission “Connectivity Package”

On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its "Connectivity Package" seeking to pave the way for more and better internet connectivity for all EU citizens and businesses by 2025.

Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Digital Team, endorses the Commission´s proposals: “High speed connectivity will be the key to ensure Europe´s future competitiveness and the well-being of our societies. The Commission is right to point out that “first-class communication networks” will be key to reach the ambitious objectives. Europacable wants to underline again that only high quality telecommunication and data cables will ensure long term, future proof networks. As the association representing Europe´s leading cable manufacturers, we are looking forward to continuing our dialogue with the Commission and our partners in Brussels to ensure that investments are made to last.

The Commission´s ambitious overhaul of the EU telecom rules pursues 3 strategic objectives for 2025:
1) All main socio-economic drivers (e.g. schools, universities, hospitals, public service providers, digital enterprises) should have access to extremely high-gigabit-connectivity;
2) All EU households (both urban and rural) should have at least 100 Mbps download speed; and
3) All urban areas as well as major roads and railways should have uninterrupted 5 G coverage.

To attract the considerable investments needed to meet these objectives, the Commission presented three proposals:
- New European Electronic Communication Code, including forward looking and simplified rules that should make it more attractive for companies to invest in new “top-quality” infrastructures;
- An Action Plan to deploy 5 G across the EU as from 2018; and
- A new initiative called “WiFi4EU” which is to develop free Wi-Fi access points in communities and cities.

Please see the Commission´s summary and link to all the documents here.


Europacable speaks at 10th Annual Wire and Cable Conference

Today, Europacable spoke at CRU’s 10th Wire and Cable Conference in Milan, Italy.

Europacable outlined the challenges and opportunities the European Wire and Cable industry is facing with Europe´s future being ever more electrified and digitalized.  High quality cables will be key in connecting Europe in a sustainable manner.

Please click here to access the Europacable presentation.



Europacable welcomes the publication of EN 50575 on Power, Control and Communication Cables in Construction Works

Today, the European Commission has published EN 50575 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products for “power, control and communication cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements” in the Official Journal. Following the first publication last year, this publication includes an amendment regarding the references to the LVD and the release of dangerous substances based on a CEN/CENELEC proposal.

The date of applicability (DoA) of this harmonised standard is now set for 10 June 2016, the date of the end of the co-existence period is 1 July 2017.

Valerio Battista, President of Europacable, welcomes this publication: “The European wire and cable industry has worked for more than a decade and has invested substantial resources to achieve formal recognition that our high performing low-fire hazard cables can contribute to increased safety. Today´s publication of the EN clearly is a turning point to improve safety in construction and civil works: the CPR now provides a common technical language for manufacturers, authorities and users.”

Pascal Portevin, Chairman of the Europacable Executive Board, further highlights: “All Europacable members are signatories of the Europacable Industry Charter expressing their commitment to shared principles and objectives of ethical, sustainable and high-quality cable development and manufacturing. Sub-standard products are unfortunately already noted in some areas of the European market. In order to ensure that the increased safety level offered by EN 50575 is met at all times, it will be vital to apply all available tools of market surveillance in a very stringent manner.”

Europacable, the voice of the leading wire and cable manufacturers in Europe, is currently preparing detailed communication on important aspects of the implementation of the CPR for cables such as the CE marking. This information will be made available to all stakeholders in the European market on a dedicated website. In the meantime, here is the link to the Official Journal.


Europacable 2016 General Assembly

On 25 May, Europacable hosted the 2016 Edition of its annual General Assembly.

Europacable President, Valerio Battista highlighted the fact that “With Europe´s future being ever more energized, digitalised and connected, wire and cables will be essential for the wellbeing and competitiveness of our society” Mr. Battista reconfirmed that Europe´s leading wire and cable manufactures are ready to “connect Europe”. Through Europacable, the industry will continue to contribute to the key EU cases relevant for the creation of Europe´s Digital Single Market and Energy Union, as well as to strengthen Europe´s industry base and environmental commitments.

Pascal Portevin, Chairman of the Europacable Executive Board, presented the structural adjustments of Europacable to respond to the industry´s challenges and to support seizing the opportunities. Mr. Portevin underlined that “with the new structure, Europacable will be more focussed and efficient in its work in Brussels, more linked between technical/standardization and the business and better connected to the National Associations, representing our industry at Member State level”.

The new Europacable Leadership Team pictured here below, is fully committed to now implement the objectives set by the Europacable Executive Board and approved by the General Assembly.

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From left to right: Christopher Guérin, Raul Gil, Yann Gontier, Philippe Vanhille, Pascal Portevin, Antonio Traversi, Valerio Battista

With over 60 senior representatives of nearly all Europacable member companies and National Associations, yesterday´s 2016 General Assembly provided a key forum for Europe´s leading wire and cable producers. Presentations included two updates from the European Commission on TTIP and the Digital Single Market, an executive summary of the eHighway2050 project, market considerations by JP Morgan, BCG, Deloitte & Touche as well as Metal Bulletin.

All presentations are available via the Europacable Intranet at www.europacable.eu


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Europacable speaks at 6th SuedLink Round Table hosted by Dr. Anja Weisgerber, German MP

On Tuesday, Dr. Weisgerber, Member of the German Bundestag, hosted the 6th Round Table regarding the planned SuedLink Project in Schweinfurt. With some 30 participants from local and regional politics discussions centered around the latest update on the planned project, including an update from TenneT.

Dr. Weisgerber pointed out: “It is a great success that DC lines like SuedLink shall in future be built mainly underground. Thereby, a major point for Bavaria is met. Broad acceptance of the citizens is important for the power grid expansion. This is a key element for an acceptable overall solution for SuedLink and for the success of the German Energiewende.”

Europacable provided an overview of underground cable technologies.

Click here to access the Europacable presentation and here for Dr. Weisgerber´s press statement.






Europacable position paper regarding Salzburg line

Europacable has published a position paper regarding the 380kV Salzburg Project, stressing that a partially undergrounded solution is fully feasible from a technical perspective.

Please click here to access the paper.


Europacable welcomes Green group of Lower Saxony´s Parliament at Nexans facilities in Hannover

On 18 March, Europacable welcomed a delegation of the Green Party of Lower Saxony´s Parliament at the Nexans facilities in Hannover. In light of the recent adoption of the new underground legislation, the group wanted to familiarise themselves with underground cable technology, both for HVAC and HVDC transmission.

Dr. Steinbrink, Senior EVP with Nexans, welcomed the group and led the technology outlines. In addition to the discussions the group welcomed the opportunity for a tour of the Nexans production facilities to gain a first hand experience.

Please click here for the Europacable presentation.

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„Taking things underground": Europacable publishes article in 17th Edition of Pan European Networks: Governments

Enabling the future European grid is set to require the collaboration of numerous sectors. Writing in "Pan European Networks: Government", Europacable outlines the importance of underground cables in securing the future of European electricity grids, and details how the continent needs to further develop its electricity grid infrastructure.

The 17th edition of "Pan European Networks: Government" is bringing together the leading developments and commentaries from across Europe´s political spectrum, whether at the local, regional, national, continental or global level.

Please click here to directly access “Taking things underground” or here to see the full publication.


Interview with Philippe Vanhille, Chairman Europacable Telecoms Team

Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Telecoms Team recorded the following interview in the context of the FTTH Conference held in Luxembourg on 18 February 2016.

Mr. Vanhille elaborates on the significance that high quality telecommunication cables will have for the viability of Europe´s future telecom infrastructures, which will form the backbone of Europe´s future Digital Single Market.

Please click here to watch the interview.


Europacable at 2016 FTTH Conference

This week, Europacable actively participated in the 2016 FTTH Conference held in Luxembourg from 17 & 18 February.

Representing Europacable at a high-level panel debate, Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Telecoms Team, stressed that “high quality of telecom cable investments are key for future-proof communication networks in Europe – and even more so when looking at publicly funded investments”.

In the discussion with the heads of DG Connect, ETNO, ECTA and Cable Europe, Mr. Vanhille reconfirmed: “Our industry is permanently innovating. We care a lot about the quality of broadband transmission that consumers get: it´s not only about Gigabytes, but about network reliability, no-latency and peak bandwidth. Europacable believes that consumers should get the transmission quality they pay for – and for that high quality cables are key.”


In addition, Europacable members demonstrated their commitment to the Europacable Industry Charter via their booths.  The Charter expresses a collective commitment to our shared principles and objectives of ethical, sustainable and high-quality cable development and manufacturing.

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Europacable hosts Breakfast Briefing for German MPs in Berlin

On Wednesday, 27 January, Europacable has hosted a breakfast briefing in Berlin, inviting leading members of the Bundestag involved in Germany´s grid debate.

Following the adoption of a new “Undergrounding Legislation” in December last year by the Bundestag, Germany now leads the way in giving priority for undergrounding for new HVDC projects as well as allowing for partial undergrounding of – as of today – 11 HVAC projects.

Set against this context, Europacable presented the current state of the art of extra-high voltage AC and DC cables and stressed again, that cable technology and capacity are fully available to deliver the underground transmission technology that will be required for Germany to roll out the “Energiewende”.

Please click here to access the Europacable presentation.


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