CRU Wire & Cable Event in Munich attracts major players

After four years, CRU is set to return to Germany for its 11th annual Wire & Cable Conference, this time to Munich, the country's powerhouse for various major industries key to the cable industry.

"CRU held its 7th annual Wire and Cable conference in Berlin in 2013. This event was very successful, and one factor was the strong representation of German companies among speakers and attendees. This time we are very excited to be bringing our Wire & Cable Conference to Munich to take place between July 17-19 at The Westin Grand. Munich is one of the world's largest IT, communication and automotive industry hubs," explained CRU's Richard Mack, managing consultant and leading industry expert.

Germany is among world leaders in R&D in such areas as electric power generation and transmission, electric vehicles and advanced transportation, ICT networks and applications, cable-making materials and equipment, and advanced manufacturing processes. As such, the venue has attracted a number of key speakers.

As with previous years, the event will open with a keynote speech and shared plenary sessions. It will then split into streams that focus on the separate Energy cable and Communication cable issues. In the keynote speech, leaders of some of the world's largest cable manufacturers like Prysmian, Southwire, Ducab and NKT will discuss how they are preparing for next generation energy networks and how they see such developments impacting the industry in general.

This year's conference will include special highlight sessions that focus on the future of renewable energy, connected living, automotive electronics and subsea wire and cable usage. These sessions will explore next generation applications of wire and cable and how it will impact producers, traders and distributors around the world. Germany has emerged as a world renewable energy leader, which makes the country the perfect place to understand the future of wire and cable consumption in power generation.

Site visit to Niehoff
The event will kick off with a site visit on Monday July 17 to Niehoff Group, which is headquartered in Schwabach near Nuremberg. Delegates are advised to book early to avoid disappointment, as the site visits are often oversubscribed. The trip starts at 10:00 hours and includes an introduction to Niehoff, followed by lunch and a tour of the plant to see Niehoff's latest wire and cable machinery production equipment. The tour ends at 15:00 hours and delegates will be brought back to Munich. 

On Tuesday July 18 and Wednesday July 19, there will be over 30 presentations, with a number of in-depth papers on copper, aluminium, optical fibre, coatings and other inputs markets, as well as a showcase of the latest technical innovations that may disrupt this sector. Below are just some of the speakers at the event. For details about the event and to download the programme visit