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Wilec’s expands its conductor manufacturing capacity ‘to meet market demand’

Wilec has substantially increased the capacity of its conductor manufacturing facility after acquiring additional production plant equipment recently.

As a result of its expanded production capacity, it now produces about 25% more enamelled wire than previously and in excess of 30% more bare conductor and covered conductor.

In addition, the division’s output of both non-specialised and specialised coverings has increased, with the specialised Kapton polymide film and glass coverings in particular boosted to double their previous production levels.

Furthermore, several products that Wilec didn’t previously manufacture are now being produced at its Olifantsfontein plant. These include Double Mica and Mica Mylar, among several others.

“We have also increased our insulation conversion capacity and flexibility, mainly to support large infrastructure projects,” Howard Eldridge, Wilec’s Operations Executive, pointed out.

Most of the additional manufacturing plant is already in operation, while installation of the remainder is nearing completion with full production due to be attained by the end of the second quarter of 2014.

“The expansion of our production capacity places us in the position of being able to meet virtually all conductor requirements for rotating machines and transformer applications. This applies to both providing the full variety of conductor products the market requires, as well as meeting customers’ requirements in terms of quantities produced and delivered on time,” Howard concluded.