BT agrees to divorce Openreach

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Openreach, the network division of UK telecommunications incumbent, BT, is to become a distinct company with its own staff, management, purpose and strategy. The move follows a requirement set by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, for BT to legally separate from Openreach.

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Prysmian & Nexans freed from ACCC case

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Australia's Federal Court has dismissed proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against electrical cable manufacturers and wholesalers, a cable industry association and cable executives for alleged cartel conduct. The conduct primarily involves LV cables used in residential and commercial buildings.

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JDR to supply export & array for US' largest offshore windfarm

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The UK's JDR Cables has been selected by US Wind as the preferred cable partner for the 750 MW offshore wind Maryland Development. The project is the US' largest offshore wind farm to date. JDR's scope of supply under the $275 million contract includes project management, engineering and manufacture of 196km (122 miles) of inter-array cable, 180km (112 miles) of export cable (split into 3 lengths) and cable accessories.

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Latvia heads EU FTTH ranking, Serbia & Austria join

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The number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe increased by 23% over the first nine months of 2016, reaching nearly 44.3 million FTTH/B subscribers. Homes passed increased by 17%, reaching more than 148 million in EU39* at end-September 2016, according to the latest update of the FTTH market panorama announced at the FTTH Conference 2017 in Marseille, France.

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Monthly Market Snapshot: February 2017

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The Monthly Market Snapshot is an overview of raw materials price developments and economic indicators that impact wire and cable. The Snapshot is published at the end of each month and features copper, aluminium and oil prices, a polymer index as well as our metallic Cable Index.

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Prices: Higher raw material prices drive up Cable Index

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The CRU Raw Material and Cable Index is a unique set of indices that show historical and current pricing trends in the form of indices going back to 2009. In this piece, which is updated every month, we review the underlying fundamentals driving the indices. The CRU Raw Material Index consists of copper, aluminium, steel, LLDPE and PVC indices, while the CRU Cable Index consists of indices for six major cable types.

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FTTH Council Europe: Bandwidth precedes applications

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Ronan Kelly, president of the FTTH Council Europe, talks to CRU Wire & Cable News about the organisation's upcoming conference to be held in Marseille, France from February 14-16, 2017. Kelly also talks about his view of the industry and the challenges that it still faces, reminding us that history has shown bandwidth precedes applications and warning that short sighted thinking could turn Europe into a digital loser.

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Market: N E Asia sees slightly better performance in 2016

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The monthly Markets article focusses on a different world region every month, detailing copper wire and cable consumption, and productrion as well as copper wire rod demand. We look at which companies comprise the main wire and cable producers in that particular region or country, including underlying economic fundamentals like GDP, IP, construction, auto production, as well as currency developments. 

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Total insulated cable market value to fall 4% in 2016

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Natalie Noor-Drugan, editor-in-chief, CRU Wire & Cable News, gave a presentation at the IWCS' 65th International Cable & Connectivity Symposium in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 4. Below is an outline of the presentation titled "Overview of the Global Insulated Wire & Cable Market", which  outlines some of the key trends driving metallic power cables, focusing on certain aspects of the market.

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Global economic uncertainties increase on Trump victory

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In this Insight we examine what impacts the Trump presidency could have on the economic outlook.  Some aspects of Trump's policy package, such as plans for infrastructure investment and for promoting US energy production, may provide positives for some commodities.  However, these are likely to be outweighed by the potential negatives to the US and world economy from heightened uncertainty and trade policy in particular.

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China: Era of cost deflation is over for primary aluminium

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Chinese aluminium business operating costs have been in decline since 2011. Indeed, we have seen average Chinese smelting costs decrease by 37.1% between 2011 and 2016, as shown in the chart below. However, Chinese operating costs have started to rise in recent months, and are anticipated to start rising y/y from 2017.

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Chinese mine costs: findings from a recent trip

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We have recently undertaken a three-week research trip to China aimed at improving our understanding of Chinese copper mine costs and ensuring that the highest quality data is contained within CRU's Copper Mining Cost Model, which, uniquely, provides 100% coverage of the copper mining industry.

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Insulated metallic wire & cable growth forecast at 2.9% for 2016

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CRU has modestly revised up its demand estimate for insulated metallic wire and cable for 2015 based on recently published trade data, but has reduced its 2016 growth forecast to 2.9%. With full year trade data now available for most countries, along with other 2015 data that CRU monitors, we have made some minor revisions to our estimates for the global insulated metallic wire and cable market, although the overall picture remains the same.

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Clean energy to drive China's demand for copper, wire & cable

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Investments in solar, wind and hydro energy are set to fuel continued demand for copper in the form of various cabling required for these industries. The most recent statistics provided by Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that China was by far the largest investor in clean energy in 2015, increasing its dominance with a 17% rise to $110.5 billion.

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China UHV projects stimulate aluminium cable demand

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Overcapacity has become a big issue in China, particularly for primary aluminium, which reached a surplus of 1.52 million t by end-2015. Stimulating demand, among various approaches, is one way the Chinese state has dealt with the problem. One of these is to continue investing in UHV networks. Back in December 2014, a blueprint for ultra-high voltage (UHV) networks was released by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

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Optical cable demand rose another 17% in 2015

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In 2015, the worldwide optical cable market posted another record year, with 364 million km of fibre installed. This amount was a 17% increase over the 311 million fibre-km installed in 2014. And the growth in 2014 also was 18% over the amount installed in 2013. With a fairly steep ascent underway, suppliers ask - are we going toward a peak or a plateau, and how far up is it? This is the question that Richard Mack, principal consultant, Wire & Cable, CRU asks in his piece on the global fibre optics market.

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Iran coming in from the cold

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The recent thawing of tensions between Iran and the West presents a potential area for strong growth in the medium term, most notably its copper and domestic wire and cable industries. On July 14, 2015, China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, which limits its nuclear program while the international community enacts the lifting of sanctions on Iran. If the JCPOA is successfully implemented, it will result in the lifting of all US, EU and UN sanctions on Iran by March-June 2016. The implications for the Iranian economy are significant.

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General Cable in danger of losing third place

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Rob Daniels, principal consultant, Wire & Cable, CRU presents our ranking of the top 30 cable companies, all of which have over $1 billion in sales revenue per annum. The US' General Cable is likely to lose its third place ranking to Korea's LS Cable once it has completed the divestiture of all its Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa businesses. The Prysmian Group has maintained its position as the largest insulated wire and cable manufacturer in the world, with Nexans in a clear second place.

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China and India to drive surge in aluminium wire rod production

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Jason Sappor, consultant, Aluminium, CRU, forecasts that higher primary aluminium wirerod output in China & India will cause a surge in global primary aluminium wire rod output. Higher primary aluminium wire rod output in China and India will cause global primary aluminium wire rod production to surge by an average rate of 9% per annum between 2014 and 2019, faster than the pace of growth expected in overall primary aluminium production during the same interval.

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"In Broadcast there is no room for error" says Belden

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Growing demand for live content - sports, major events, entertainment - means that broadcasters are under increasing pressure to deliver, so mission critical equipment is important. Jan-Pieter van Welsem, VP Sales & Marketing, Enterprise & Broadcast Connectivity, EMEA, at Belden talks to CRU Wire & Cable News about the company's Broadcast Solutions business, outlining trends, opportunities and challenges in this particular segment of the industry.

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Outlook for optical cable varies among countries

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The installation of optical cable in communication networks currently is running at an annual level of 300 million fibre-km, much more than was imagined a decade ago. Richard Mack, principal consultant, Wire & Cable, CRU, asks some pertinent questions about the outlook for fibre optic growth and the distribution of cable manufacturing.

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Automotive: Leoni faces new challenges, seizes opportunities

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Dr. Klaus Probst, Leoni's CEO, talks to Natalie Noor-Drugan, editor-in-chief, CRU Wire & Cable News, about the challenges and opportunities in its main automotive business as well as in its other niche markets. Germany's Leoni is Europe's top automotive wiring systems producer and the fourth largest globally. About 75 - 76% of its total revenues are from the automotive segment. Read on to find out how Leoni operates in this segment.

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Datacentres: A key market for Huber & Suhner

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Philip Ward, Huber+Suhner's Datacentre Market manager, talked to Natalie Noor-Drugan, editor-in-chief of CRU Wire & Cable News at the recent Datacentre World event held in London. Ward talked about the datacentre market and how the Swiss company operates in that segment. Ward outlines the composition of the datacentre market, its trends, challenges and opportunities.

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    A quarterly report with in-depth market analysis and five-year forecasts for the production, consumption and price of all major wire & cable products. All forecasts are updated every quarter. Each report provides analysis of all major wire & cable companies as well as a special regional focus on two major regions for the global market.
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