02/01/2024 – On our own account

Industry review 2023

What news and topics affected our readers in 2023? We'll tell you in our annual review!


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Our online highlights from January to March:

Primetals to upgrade wire rod mill for recycled-steel producer Metals producer AFV Beltrame Stahl Gerlafingen has recently contracted Primetals Technologies to upgrade its wire rod mill in Gerlafingen, a city in the canton of Solothurn, located in the north-western part of Switzerland. The scope of supply includes an “Intelligent Pinch Roll” and “High Speed Laying Head”.

Schaeffler acquires solar farm The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has acquired a solar farm located in Kammerstein, Bavaria, Germany, from one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies BayWa r.e. AG.

Sustainable infrastructure solutions for infrastructure net zero Rapid urbanization, the growth of renewable energy and existing electrical grid upgrades are intensifying the demand for high voltage cables with efficient insulation material systems. Long degassing periods of up to a few weeks extends production time and increases cost. Dow’s novel XLPE, ENDURANCE™ HFDD-4201 Compound for Cable Systems transforms the cable manufacturing process with a significant reduction in degassing time.

Our online highlights from April to June:

Measuring of low, medium and high voltage cables The new generation of the “Rayex S” family offers a standalone measuring system solution with integrated Ethernet TCP/IP, Ethernet IP, Profinet or OPC UA communication.

Cold rolling, multiple drawing, stretching, and coiling processes The Schlatter Group is not only known as a system provider for resistance welding systems in mesh production, but is also a comprehensive partner for industrial value creation within the wire industry.

Rapid braider, winder and payoff At “Interwire” Wardwell Braiding Co. will present a rapid braider, winder and payoff, on a joint booth with SKET, Henrich and Spirka. Remarkable technical advances are helping cable manufacturers to meet the new requirements of the industry.

Our online highlights from July to September:

Generational change in the Managing Board of SMS Group SMS Group is implementing a strategic generational change at the top level of management: Jochen Burg (43), currently Executive Vice President Technical Service, will become CEO and Chair of the SMS Managing Board on 1 October.

Instantaneous mass flow control for rolling mills It is a new device that can measure mass flow in real time and calculate the equivalent cross-section or diameter.

Supervisory Board appoints Hubertus Breier Effective April 1, 2023, the Supervisory Board of Lapp Holding SE has appointed Hubertus Breier (45) as the new Executive Board member for Innovation and Technology. He has taken over the responsibilities of Georg Stawowy, who left the global market leader for integrated solutions in the field of cable and connection technology end of March, after nine successful years to pursue a new challenge.

Our online highlights from October to December:

VDKM is organising “Cable & Wire West Coast” in America VDKM, the German Association of Wire and Cable Machine Manufacturers, is organising an exhibition trade fair, “Cable & Wire West Coast” (CWWC) on the West Coast of the USA for its members to exhibit from November 7 to 8, 2023.

At the forefront of wire rolling technology Fuhr GmbH+Co. KG will be participating at VDKM trade fair “Cable & Wire West Coast” in Ontario, California Convention Center, USA. The event takes place November 7 and 8, 2023 and provides an ideal platform to introduce their latest wire rolling innovations.

Double pressure welding machines With the double pressure welding machine “DD0 104”, but also the “STS 020” from Ideal-Werk, the heat-affected material made of iron or non-ferrous metal is almost completely pressed out of the welding zone with force after the welding process.

We wish all of our readers a good start into the new year and a healthy and successful new year 2024!