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Agenda 2021

All timings quoted in BST (British Summer Time)

12:30 PM - 13:10 PM
Words of welcome & CRU View

CRU opens the event and provides the CRU view on the wire and cable markets

  • Kick started by the recovery from the pandemic, will the next decade replicate the “Roaring Twenties” of the 1900s?
  • Will current supply be able to meet the anticipated demand for W&C products from a global stimulus focused on infrastructure, sustainability, and digitalisation?

Speaker:
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

13:10 PM - 13:40 PM
Speed Networking Reception

Your chance to meet face to face and network with your peers from across the wire & cable community.


13:40 PM - 15:10 PM
CRU Panel & Roundtables

CRU's leading wire & cable and base metals market experts provide presentations followed by a live Q&A. These market experts will then host roundtables in which conference participants can join, with their cameras and microphones on to chat more informally with these speakers on  the below themes.

  • What copper and aluminium market developments mean for wire and cable
  • With discussions of a new commodity super cycle increasing, how can the W&C producers best manage volatility in the supply chain?
  • With copper prices at record highs, have the economics of aluminium substitution changed?
  • The European green energy recovery is expected to accelerate investment in wind power generation, what are the likely next steps and what does this mean for HV and EHV cable demand?

Speaker:
Charlie Durant, Principal Consultant, Copper, CRU
Eoin Dinsmore, Head of Primary & Products, Aluminium, CRU
Chenfei Wang, Analyst, CRU
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

15:30 PM - 17:00 PM
Opening keynote session

International experts explore the macro-economic trends and policies might lead to a roaring 2020s for the wire & cable industry

Panel discussion & live Q&A will be  followed by the chance to speak informally with the speakers on these themes in an informal chat room.

 


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Copper - The current of the global recovery runs through it
Speaker:
Gianni Kovacevic, CEO, CopperBank Resources Corp.

4:00 PM - 4:30 AM
Implications of the roaring 2020s for the telecommunications industry
Speaker:
Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist, The Kemmsies Group

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
How cable company strategies are evolving in the energy transition
Speaker:
Max Yates, Industrial Analyst, Credit Suisse

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Energy Wire & Cable Market Leadership Strategies

Senior representatives of energy wire and cable producers discuss their views on the post-pandemic market and how their companies are preparing for the next ten years.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What role are wire and cable companies looking to play in the global recovery?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges that they see ahead in energy cable markets?
  • In which regional markets or product types are the greatest opportunities seen?
  • How do they see the currently balance of supply and demand developing?
  • Where are companies investing to maintain competitive advantage?

 

Panel discussion & live Q&A followed by the chance to speak informally with the speakers on these themes in an informal chat room.


Speaker:
Francesco Fanciulli, EVP Energy, Prysmian
Filippos Papasavvas, Wire & Cable Analyst, CRU
Volker Wendt, Secretary-General, Europacable

13:00 PM - 14:00 PM
Niehoff Schwabach Headquarters Live Site Visit

Registered attendees will have the chance to take a remote tour of the Niehoff factory.

 

The tour will include presentations of:

  • Sustainable geothermal cooling and heating system of the Niehoff plant and production
  • Apprenticeship training centre
  • Machine assembly department
  • Automatic storage system and dispatch by air as “known consignor”
  • Key components manufacturing
  • Paintshop
  • Testing department of our 4 main products (rod breakdown machines, multiwire lines, double-twist bunchers, braiders)

 

The 45-minute tour will be led by Florian Faul, Sales Manager, Niehoff and will be followed by 15min of live Q&A.

 

Do not miss this chance to see inside a state-of-the-art facility and ask questions to the host company’s leading experts on the equipment presented.


14:30 PM - 16:30 PM
Fibre & Communications Cable Market Leadership Strategies

Senior representatives of fibre and communications cable discuss their views on the post-pandemic market and how their companies are preparing for the next ten years.

 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Has the push towards remote work and reduced travel changed the balance of interest for telecom network operators from 5G networks to fixed-line FTTH expansion?
  • The data demand of connected lifestyles is increasing exponentially, what are the fibre and power cable demands of increased numbers of hyper scale datacenters?
  • What role are communications cable companies looking to play in the global recovery?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges that they see ahead in energy cable markets?
  • In which regional markets or product types are the greatest opportunities seen?
  • How do they see the currently balance of supply and demand developing?
  • Where are companies investing to maintain competitive advantage?

 

Panel discussion & live Q&A will be  followed by the chance to speak informally with the speakers on these themes in an informal chat room.


Speaker:
Philippe Vanhille, Executive Vice President Telecom, Prysmian Group
Karl Bauer, CEO, NBG Fiber Optics
Veronica Iliescu, CEO, Cablescom - Hengtong Group
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Energy Wire & Cable Industry Progress & Innovation Session

Perspectives form around the world and across the supply chain on where research and innovation are focused in the wire and cable sector and how the industry is progressing in its goals to be a sustainable and responsible member of the community.

 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How is the industry becoming sustainable, decarbonised and part of the circular economy?
  • In a year of remote inspection & commissioning, what lessons have been learnt to improve processes across the supply chain?
  • How is the industry promoting diversity and attracting the next generation of talent?
  • Have disruptions lead to increased focus on localized procurement supply chains?

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Innovation Keynote
Speaker:
Axel Schlumberger, Senior Vice President of Wire & Cable R&D and Technology, Southwire Company

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion
Speaker:
Thomas Samson, Head of Sales, Aurubis
Kirsten Kück, Sustainability Manager, Aurubis
:
Bernd Lohmüller, Managing Director / Chief Sales Officer, Niehoff

13:00 PM - 15:00 PM
Fibre & Communications Cable Industry Progress & Innovation Session

Perspectives form around the world and across the supply chain on where research and innovation are focused in the fibre and cable sector and how the industry is progressing in its goals to be a sustainable and responsible member of the community.

 

How has the communication cable industry responded to the pandemic and demand for sustainability?

  • A review of technical innovations in fibre and new designs in communication cable
  • How is the industry becoming sustainable, decarbonised and part of the circular economy?
  • In a year of remote inspection & commissioning, what lessons have been learnt to improve processes across the supply chain?
  • How is the industry promoting diversity and attracting the next generation of talent?
  • Have disruptions lead to increased focus on localized procurement supply chains?

 

Panel discussion & live Q&A will be  followed by the chance to speak informally with the speakers on these themes in an informal chat room.


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Innovation Keynote
Speaker:
Dr Merrion Edwards, Director, Market and Technology Development, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Optical Communications

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Fibre Broadband Drivers and Trends
Speaker:
Rahul Puri, Sales Head – Europe, STL

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