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All timings quoted in BST (British Summer Time)

8:30 - 8:35
Words of welcome

Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

8:40 - 8:55
CRU View: Metallic W&C Market Outlook

CRU’s Wire and Cable team will provide an overview and outlook for the global metallic wire and cable industry covering the major themes:

  • - Will global demand surpass pre-Covid levels in 2022?
  • - Will China exceed market expectations?
  • - Can a release of pent-up demand drive US market growth?

Aisling Hubert, Analyst, CRU

9:00 - 10:15
Energy W&C Leadership Panel

Senior representatives of energy wire and cable producers discuss their views on the market and how their companies are preparing to find success in uncertain markets:

  • - How are the impacts of the war on Ukraine changing global W&C markets?
  • - What lingering effects of the pandemic are disrupting trade?
  • - How might a recalibration of energy costs affect energy network investment?

Juan Mogollon, EVP Energy Division, Prysmian Group
Maurizio Bragagni, Chairman and CEO, Tratos Ltd
Mohammed Al Mutawa, CEO, Ducab Cable

10:50 - 11:05
CRU view on Optical Fibre and Cable Market Outlook

CRU’s Wire and Cable team will provide an overview and outlook for the global communications fibre and cable industry covering the major themes:

  • - Has European trade action impacted global market dynamics?
  • - What are the latest insights on China’s major network carriers’ deployment plans?
  • - Will the US FTTH build out and higher prices continue to attract imports?

Chenfei Wang, Senior Analyst, Wire and Cable, CRU
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

11:10 - 12:25
Fibre and Cable Leadership Panel

Senior representatives of leading producers and global technology providers will discuss development trends, innovation priorities, cutting edge technologies, and market strategy for industry growth. Key questions to be debated include:

  • - How are major producers responding to latest market developments?
  • - What 5G, FTTx and datacenter deployment trends are impacting fibre and cable demand?
  • - What is the role of fibre in achieving Gigabit broadband in the UK and Europe?
  • - Which regional markets or product types may hold new opportunities?

Marcello Del Brenna, CEO UK, Prysmian Group
Rahul Puri, Sales Head – Europe, STL

14:00 - 14:55
Growth Market Spotlights

In this session there will be the opportunity for more in-depth look at wire and cable markets that may be of particular interest in 2022:

  • - Offshore wind
  • - Electromobility
  • - Datacenters
  • - Defense

John Chamberlain, Director, Office of the CTO, CommScope

15:30 - 16:25
Understanding industry opportunities and headwinds

In this session we will hear perspectives from outside W&C value chain on their views on wider trends that may impact this market sector:

  • - Macro-economic trends
  • - Investors’ view
  • - Consumers
  • - Policy advocates

Alberto Lampasona, Director Public Affairs , Europacable
Natalie Noor-Drugan, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Wire and Cable News, CRU

9:00 - 10:25
Deep dive into managing cost inflation

Industry experts will get together to discuss causes of inflationary pressures in production costs and what can be done to manage volatility in the supply chain.

CRU’s Global Economic Outlook

  • - The impact of inflation on our macroeconomic outlook
  • - What does the future look like for energy prices?
  • - The Chinese economy under the pressure of Covid-19

CRU’s Aluminium Outlook

  • - Aluminium market outlook in the medium to long term
  • - Global geopolitical shifts and the impact on the aluminium industry
  • - Opportunities and challenges in sustainability in the aluminium industry

CRU’s Cost Drivers in Copper  

  • - Cost inflation and the effects on the miner’s bottom line
  • - Future of supply – CRU's long-term perspective
  • - ESG – current state of the industry and possibilities to decarbonize

Producer Perspective
A "New Normal" in Wire & Cable Supply Chain Management

  • - Emerging Technologies, Markets and New Products
  • - Climate Change Consequences
  • - Geo Political Implications
  • - Environmental, Social & Governance Considerations

Filippos Papasavvas, Economist, CRU
Zaid Aljanabi, Head of Aluminium, Consulting, CRU
Piotr Kulas, Senior Analyst Value Creation, Base Metals, CRU
Charlie Murrah, EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Southwire

11:00 - 11:55
Building the sustainable W&C industry for the future

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
New development for sustainable flexible cable applications
- Flexible cables are an important part in sustainable applications such as renewable energy and electrical vehicle charging
- However, majority of today’s flexible cables are produced using hazardous products (peroxides), energy intensive processes (steam curing on CCV lines), or halogenated materials (PVC)
- Borealis has now developed a solution that can address these challenges
Paul Keller, Business Growth Manager Low Voltage/ Flame Retardant, Borealis Polymers Oy

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM
How fiber can contribute to lower carbon emission
- Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have risen dramatically over the last three decades and are of major concern for our societies. Their malign environmental impact is pushing governments, enterprises, and civil society to reorganize and find cutting edge solutions to meet this challenge
- The target of our research is to investigate how ICT technology can contribute to the CO2 emission reduction, especially thanks to fiber broadband and transmission technologies. One of our key conclusions: fiber is the most energy efficient technology, offering the lowest CO2 footprint. Fiber consumes three times less energy than xDSL and 10 times less than 4G access technology. Based on the data from GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative) Smarter 2030 study, IDATE estimates that the abatement effect of Fiber will reach 1,6 Gt CO2 by 2030
- The impact of fiber network in CO2 abatement goes beyond the telecom industry. Fiber connections are critical element for the provision of the new digital application by many industries based on either fixed network connection or wireless network. Hence, they would also benefit from deeper and more granular fibre networks to reduce their carbon footprint
- All industry players should consider how to integrate fiber networks in its CO2 reduction strategy. Fiber per se would influence the CO2 abatement of the industry as a connectivity solution requiring less energy consumption. It can also indirectly influence the more efficient use of energy, heating and water consumption thanks to fiber based metering devices network
Roland Montagne , Principal Analyst, Broadband & FTTx,, IDATE DigiWorld

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Tomorrow Metals – Transferring sustainability challenges of the base metals industry into a promise to the Wire & Cable market
- Why - Our industry has a significant environmental impact which must be reduced constantly
- How - Creating more value with less environmental footprint
- What - There are more pillars than only CO2 footprint or recycling quota
Tanja Winter, Head of Marketing & Sales Rod, Aurubis AG

12:00 - 12:25
Global Copper Value Chain Challenges for the Energy Transition

  • - Raw Materials Available for the Fabrication of Copper and Alloy Products in 2021
  • - Global Fabrication Capacity Changes for Wire Rod, Brass Mills and Copper Semis: 2016-2021 and 2022-2024 Pipeline
  • - Wire and Cable Industry Inputs in Different Regions of the World: 2021 Copper and Alloy Fabrication Output by Region
  • - Changes in the Industrial Use of Refined Copper and Scrap in Fabrication: China and the Rest of the World
  • - ICSG Copper Market Forecasts 2022-2023 and Long Term Investment Challenges for the Global Energy Transition

Carlos R. Risopatron, Director of Economics and Environment , International Copper Study Group

14:00 - 14:55
Innovation across the W&C industry

Leading innovators will showcase the latest designs and new processes that may disrupt the W&C industry.

Axel Schlumberger, Senior Vice President of Wire & Cable R&D and Technology, Southwire Company
Tom Bambury, Director, Telecom Business Development, Fujikura
VK Bajaj, Senior President - Business Strategy & Innovation, APAR