Aluminum cable said to replace copper

Apr 09, 2014 | 04:03 PM | Andrea Hotter

Tags  Nexans, aluminum, copper, cable, China, Cesco, Andrea Hotter

SANTIAGO, Chile — Aluminum cable is set to steal market share from copper in a number of areas, according to Nexans SA’s corporate purchasing director for nonferrous metals.

"The switch will come; the big question is when and what size it will be," Christophe Allain told the CRU Group’s 13th World Copper Conference in Santiago.

About 45 percent of global cable use is aluminum, but in China the figure is between 5 and 10 percent and among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations it is zero, Allain said. ....

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