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National Cables focus manufacturing

South Africa Magazine profiles National Cables (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of General Cable Corp – a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminium and fibre optic wire and cable products. By Marie Toms


eneral Cable is a global leader in the development and manufacture of copper, aluminium and fibre optic cable for the energy, industrial, speciality and communications market. With manufacturing units in South Africa, Zambia and Angola, it services the Sub-Saharan market thought its majority-owned distribution unit National Cables, based in Johannesburg General Cables has ambitious plans. Plans to tap into Africa’s growth. It sees South Africa as strategically important, a “springboard to Africa” - a continent where it has been making several acquisitions in recent years. It is looking to maximise those investments and enhance service levels to its regional customers. “We are investing in our manufacturing facilities and manufacturing capacity both in Durban and Zambia,” says National Cables managing director Gary Bateman. “This investment will increase capacity of both low voltage and medium voltage cable, as well as add capability for an extended range of aluminium cable, flexible power cable and rubber trailing cable.” The expansion programme will be completed by Q1 2013, he says, and together with an integrated regional ERP solution will enhance General Cable’s service level to its regional customers. “Our cables have a wide range of applications,” Bateman adds. “As the largest stockist and distributor


National Cables foCus MAnufACTurinG

Truckafrica South Africa (Pty) Ltd Truckafrica South Africa (Pty) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Group (Pty) Limited. The over border flagship of Imperial, is an “overland” haulage company serving a variety of destinations and equipment to handle specialty consignments.

of cable in the region and with a global link to 46 manufacturing units on six continents, we are able to supply cable to most international standards. Cables can also be manufactured or cut to suit the customer’s project lengths.” The General Cable manufacturing unit in South Africa produces medium voltage aluminium and copper power cable, and by the completion of the expansion programme will be able to produce low voltage power cable, flexible power cable, rubber trailing cable and paper insulated cable. Bateman says the Zambian manufacturing unit produces mainly low voltage power cable but also has capability to supply aluminium and telecommunication cable. It is also one of the largest manufacturers of copper rod in Africa. “With significant opportunities opening up in Sub-Saharan Africa due to mining project and infrastructure investment, General Cable, through strategic global relationships combined with a strong South African base, is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the market growth,” Bateman says. 4

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Our mission is to exceed our costumers’ expectations by means of an excellent service and the most advanced technical solutions in design, development, production and sale of cables

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Servicing markets as diverse as mining, power, oil and gas and telecommunications, he adds, the key to its success lies in “global support” structures. “Our success lies in global support in areas of lean manufacturing, material science advances and innovative technology resources. These have played out in General Cable’s improved financial performance in the region, resulting from higher market penetration and growing appreciation for a global brand operating locally.” The cables the firm makes and stocks are typically used for generation, distribution and transmission in sectors like energy, surface and underground mining, utilities and telecommunications.

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Clients include mines, municipalities, utilities, electrical contractors and wholesales. It also works with power utility Eskom. General Cable has “the broadest product and global reach in the wire and cable industry” and it is an innovator. It’s all about new technologies and no matter where you are it “has got you wired”. Bateman says, “We believe in continually improving.” To learn more visit


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