Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Mar 2, 2020

Rob McIntyreRob McIntyre

The use of reels is fundamental to the safe and efficient handling, transportation and distribution of wire and cable to the end user. The properties of wire and cable require reels to be robust and have certain structural specifications to ensure wire and cable goods are not compromised between the time they leave the factory to when they are installed on site. Wire and cable must be protected from any kind of mechanical damage, ingress of moisture, dirt and chemicals. Close attention must be paid to the temperature ratings of wire and cable; therefore, storage must be in an environment consistent with the rating.

Reels are equally important and are valuable assets if returned and reused. Just as the wire and cable that is wound on a reel must be treated with care, so does a reel. There are considerable costs associated with a reel, so safe handling is a priority. Presently, the collection, reuse and recycling of reels is not subject to government regulation. As extended producer responsibility becomes increasingly prevalent, it serves industry well to optimize the use of reels and minimize their potential environmental impact.

To support this effort, a group of members from Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) gathered in 2017 to discuss best practices and the challenges they faced with reels and potential solutions. A wide range of concerns were tabled; namely, financial concerns, such as capital cost, balance sheet liabilities and budgeting uncertainties. Concerns with the cost of refurbishing damaged units and the administration of deposits were also expressed. The fact of the matter is that while reels are necessary for delivering wire or cable, once a reel is empty it becomes a burden on customers to return or dispose of. This becomes an issue due to several reasons:

• transportation costs are a serious consideration for the return of reels; the vast geography of Canada, and the wide disbursement of reels, often to remote locations, magnifies logistics considerations.
• there are a wide range of reel sizes and configurations, and the quality of reels can be variable.
• there is little consistency in reel programs offered by suppliers.
• there are environmental impacts resulting from reels being abandoned on the landscape or sent to landfills.

Quickly, all of these issues related to aspects of reels and their reuse become a complex business challenge. The core group of EFC members and others met to tackle the various issues. However, there were some limitations with certain topics; it would have been inappropriate for competitors to discuss such matters. Despite this, there were many areas of common interest that were explored, and as a result the group assembled and put together resources that set out best practices to provide guidance concerning the use and handling of wire and cable reels. These resources can be found online at www.electrofed.com/resource-library-wire-cable-reels/

The task group that undertook this initiative is in the process of publishing a document in the coming weeks to ensure the best and most productive use of reels. For more information, please contact EFC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rob McIntyre is Manager of Product Sections for Electro-Federation Canada.

David Gordon New 400Everyone is an expert in pricing. It’s either too high or too low based upon your role. Salespeople like it low. Management wants it high. The customer wants it “right” which, usually means “competitive” or “It’s reasonable for the value I am receiving.”

And the term “value” is intriguing as it infers that you understand
• the value that you bring
• the value that your product / service brings
• the competitive landscape (which also includes alternatives and inertia)

But I digress. 

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CEW Jerome Leroy 400By Jerome Leroy

Nexans is one of the largest wire and cable companies in the world. Our cables are in the CN Tower, Maritime Link enabling Nova Scotia to import renewable energy from Newfoundland as well as maybe the car you are driving or the airplane that took you to your last vacation destination.

Starting as Canada Wire and Cable in 1911, Nexans has proudly contributed to the building and growth of Canada. We have been involved in many of the most ambitious projects in this country; from dams, bridges, energy transmission and distribution to railway and transportation. 

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COVID-19By Atul Minocha, Dawn Werry, and Kimberly Miller

When the pandemic first hit, the industrial manufacturing sector was changing daily. Now, at the start of the recovery phase, the whole industry is adapting. Some companies have had to find completely new markets for their products, while others have started making completely new products. Across the board, supply chains have been disrupted. Buyer behaviours have changed and go-to-market strategies have had to adjust in order to keep business moving. Here are four ways industrial manufacturing companies can recover from COVID-19:

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Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

In June 2019, the U.S. grid regulator, NERC, issued a warning that a major hacking group was conducting reconnaissance into the networks of electrical utilities. Just one month later, several major industrial firms announced they had been victims of a state-sponsored hacking campaign.

A year later, hackers targeted over 75 organizations around the world in the manufacturing, media, healthcare, and non-profit sectors, as part of a broad-ranging cyber espionage campaign.

 

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Value of Building Permits - JuneThe $687 million Oakridge Centre mixed use redevelopment project in the city of Vancouver helped raise the total national value of building permits 6.2% to $8.1 billion in June, to a level comparable to pre-COVID levels. Overall, seven provinces reported gains for the month.

Residential permits rise

The total value of residential permits was up 7.0% to $5.3 billion, with gains posted in six provinces. British Columbia posted its third largest value on record for residential permits in June, up 20.4% to $1.3 billion due to large projects such as the Oakridge Centre redevelopment. 

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The 2019 report highlights all areas of sustainability at Southwire and showcases the company’s most significant impacts by focusing on its five key tenets – Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.

 

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“Gianluca is widely known and respected for his technical and business skills both within CSA Group and in the global TIC market, making him an excellent choice for this role,” said David Weinstein.

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Robin Billingsley"It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our longtime Marketing Manager, Robin Billingsley," said Beghelli General Manager, Bruno R. Ardito in a heartfelt letter to Beghelli customers.

"Robin had been battling breast cancer for the past few years and on July 23rd, Robin’s battle ended at 40 years young. We have had the pleasure of working with Robin for 13 years and in those 13 years, she executed many of the products and programs we have today. Robin truly represented Beghelli/Beluce ideals, philosophy and vision. 

 

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CBC Lighting has established itself as a premier lighting wholesaler in Canada as well as the U.S. During the pandemic they were able to leverage that expertise to help fill an increased demand for T-UV lamps and ballasts.

Obviously with the global pandemic there has been increased focus on PPE and other sanitary products like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, as well as Ultraviolet light that kills germs. LDS has published several reports from industry organizations that have recently conducted research studies on the effectiveness of T-UV lamps on neutralizing the COVID-19 virus. 

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