Leaders of some of the world’s largest manufacturers of wire, cable and fibre discuss how they are preparing for next generation energy networks and how they see such developments impacting the industry in general.
Projects and innovations in design, manufacturing and laying of subsea cable
What will the next phase od Germany's Energiewende mean for the future of the European Super Grid and regional transmission cable demand?
Next generation optical fibre and cable types - Can the industry achieve specification and standardization?
Rich Stinson is President and CEO of Southwire. He joined Southwire in late 2015 and currently leads the company’s efforts toward sustaining a multi-generational future.
With more than three decades in the industry, Stinson retired from Eaton Corporation as group president of electrical systems and services. In that role, he was responsible for seven product divisions. Prior to joining Eaton, Stinson served with Westinghouse in multiple disciplines including plant management and operations. Stinson currently serves on the boards of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, International Cable Federation and the Georgia Chamber Board of Governors.
Stinson holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Shruti Singhal, the new President of General Cable Europe, graduated in Chemical Engineering and holds a master’s degree in this subject from Drexel University. He also completed the Global Marketing Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Married with one son, during his career he has held management positions in important multinational companies (Cognis/BASF, Dow, Rohm & Haas, Henkel) from sectors such as the graphic arts, personal hygiene, paper, water treatment, etc. Before joining General Cable, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Solenis. He has lived in North America and Europe and has strong leadership skills and experience in customer orientation of the business and in achieving excellence in the operational, technological and cultural spheres.
Bart Verheule was appointed as Head of Marketing, Energy in July 2015. Bart joined the Borealis Group in 2006, working in various marketing positions in Wire & Cable and New Business Development.
He started his commercial career in the chemical industry at Caldic, a chemical distributor, before joining Akzo Nobel where he held several sales and marketing roles in the base chemicals and the car coatings divisions in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
Bart holds a Marketing Manager degree from the European Marketing Confederation and a Bachelor degree in Biology and Physical Education from the Antwerp Pedagogical Institute.
Bernhard Schipper is heading the Siemens Technical Council Cables since May 2011. His earlier assignment was Head of Supply Chain Management of all Electrical Equipment for Fossile Power Generation of Siemens AG Before this he was Project Director and Sales Manager for worldwide High Voltage Cable Projects of Siemens. He started working within Siemens at the former Siemens Cable Factory in Berlin as Engineer for development of High Voltage Cables and Accessories.
Dr. Jerry Brown is the Technical Director of Hengtong Marine Cable Systems (since June 2014), responsible for Product development, Product Quality and Technical support for engineering solutions. Previously he held Technical positions with Ocean Specialists Inc., JDR Cable Systems and Alcatel Submarine Networks.
Jerry has 30 years experience of the subsea industry. Based in Asia for the last 10 years he is working to strengthen Hengtong Marine’s technical capabilities as an international cable system supplier.
He was responsible for the start-up of the JDR umbilical manufacturing facility in Thailand and for working with OSI & Chevron on the CAT-Submarine-Cable-System providing connectivity to 9 offshore-platforms.
Mr Smith joined HFSAB in 2008 and has over 42 years of experience in the Wire and Cable industry. HFSAB are the world leaders in the know-how and technology of lead (Pb) extrusion with many installations all over the world.
The presentation will focus on Submarine cables and how the latest controls from HFSAB can save on lead usage. Therefore reducing the weight of the cable with resulting cost savings, increase line speeds and result in longer lengths before joints are required.
Takashi Hasegawa received a B.E. in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 before immediately starting his carrier in Sumitomo Electric Industries, ltd. From 1999, he spent two years as VP of Chengdu SEI fibre optics in China in order to assist in the start-up of the factory. After returning to Japan, he worked as a Sales Engineer of the Asian region for several years, and then spent some years in charge of marketing and market analysis of the optical fibre business. He now holds the position of Principal Analyst in Optical Network System Div.
Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes is an experienced renewable energy
expert. After having served as the President of the European Renewable Energies
Federation (EREF) from 2010 to 2014, he is one of the association’s
Vice-Presidents now. He is representing EREF as a Steering Committee Member of
REN21. Rainer is also a Board Member of the German Renewable Energy Federation
(BEE) and the Chairman of BEE’s European and international affairs Committee.
Before joining the renewable energy sector, from 1998 to 2005, he was a
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Peter Arnoff Nielsen has been with OFS for more than 18 years holding various positions within sales in EMEA of optical fiber and cable as well as global product line responsibility for OFS's portfolio of NZDF fibers. Prior to joining OFS he has been with Danish telecom company GN Great Nordic amongst other it-oriented companies. Mr Nielsen has a M.Sc. Econ from Odense University.
Dr. Merrion Edwards is currently the director of market and technology development, optical fibre and cable, for Corning Optical Communications. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of telecommunications and is the author of 60 papers in industry journals, covering a broad range of applications: Core, Metro, Access, DataCenter, Transport and Photonics. During her career at Corning, Dr. Edwards has become a knowledge expert on emerging telecommunications trends and synergetic innovation of optical fibre, cable and components to enable advancement of telecommunications transport systems. Prior to joining Corning, Edwards conducted research into photonic devices for telecommunications and sensing. Edwards holds a PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Ali Shehab’s fascination with the magic of electricity led him to study at The University of Liverpool in the UK. In 1990, he was sponsored by BICC Cables to complete his degree and worked for the company as a systems engineer.
In 1998, Ali Shehab established Cimteq Ltd, using his extensive experience, and passion for improving productivity and streamlining the manufacturing process, to develop CableBuilder and CableMES.
Ali Shehab is CEO of Cimteq Ltd, the leading provider of software for the design and manufacturing of cables to the cable manufacturing industry worldwide.
Frank Dubbins graduated in Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany in 1995. He has 22 years of experience in different industries. He started his professional career in the surface technology industry, where he held different product managing and marketing positions in Germany and USA until 2009. During the next period of his career he was working as Global Product Manager in the railway industry, being involved in measurement and welding technology for global High-Speed-Train projects. In 2012 Mr. Dubbins joined Domino Printing Sciences, a leading supplier of Coding & Marking solutions, leading the Business Development department of the subsidiary Wiedenbach Apparatebau, Germany. In 2015 he was appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Wiedenbach and leads within the Domino group the Global Industrial Sector segment, comprising Cable & Wire, Electronics, Transportation and Building and Construction.