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Wire & Cable Industry 101: Our eBook Breaks It Down

Wire and cable manufacturing was an $18 billion industry in 2019. Driven by international trade, the market value has increased steadily over the last five years. A variety of industries, including consumer goods, construction, telecommunications, and utilities, depend upon these manufacturers for fiber-optic cable, electronic and telecom wire, and insulated nonferrous wire for use in computer networking, security services, signalization, and so much more.

Industry Standards and Certifications

Any cable or wiring project requires high-quality materials and installation if it’s going to be successful. Manufacturers committed to maintaining the highest production standards hold several certifications and stay compliant with international guidelines. You’ll want to make sure your chosen manufacturer is associated with these standards and certifications:

  • RoHS:The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive restricts hazardous material usage in electrical equipment and components. Any product compliant with this directive uses eco-friendly alternatives to toxic substances.
  • ISO 9001: The International Organization for Standardization offers management system standards that help companies of all sizes consistently ensure high-quality goods and services for their customers. When a company meets these standards, it indicates their products are safe, reliable, and can be used as intended.
  • Total Quality Management: A TQM approach to management focuses on creating satisfied customers via eight principles. The entire organization—from owners and high-level managers to he newest employees—are committed to processes and the goals of the organization.

Wire & Cable Industry 101 eBook

Pricing Information

Cost within the wire and cable industry is a moving target since it is dependent on several factors:

Raw Materials

It can be difficult to predict the growth or decline of the wire and cable market because it requires an accurate prediction of the cost of raw materials, which can vary greatly over time. Rubber, copper, aluminum, thermoplastic, thermosets, and other plastics are used in wire and cable. Their costs, along with the ever-changing energy costs associated with their production, influence the final price.

Government Tariffs

The worldwide demand for wire and cable drives the market, but government tariffs can drive up the cost on imported goods. When the U.S. dollar is strong in comparison to trade partner currencies, importing to the U.S. becomes more affordable while consumers in the partner countries face higher prices.

Cost Per Component Pricing

The cost-per-unit becomes more affordable if you buy in bulk, as any company that is focused on cost-effective practices will offer a discount on bulk purchases. For smaller projects or projects where you know exactly how much wire is required, purchase by the foot so you have exactly what you need and avoid waste.

Supply Chain: Understanding the Big Picture

The journey from raw materials to the end user is a long one, but each step is important. A disconnect in one area can break the entire chain, causing extra expense, time delays, or other inconveniences for manufacturers and consumers. Trusted manufacturers insist on working with sources and other companies who are equally committed to international safety and quality standards.

Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable’s Industry 101 eBook

Since 1919, Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable has been leading an ever-evolving wire and cable industry. Our ability to adapt to customer needs has contributed to that success and we continue to stay on top of industry trends and developments to best serve our customers.

With that in mind, the experts at Consolidated have created our newest eBook, “Wire & Cable Industry 101,” to offer a complete overview of the industry. We cover the topics mentioned above and more in greater detail, offering a great resource for anyone who is new to the wire and cable market. Download your copy today.


Consolidated Celebrates a Century of Excellence

For 100 years, Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable Corporation has been an industry leader in the wire and cable business. Since 1919, we’ve had the privilege to serve our diverse customer base with custom wire and cable solutions that keep their operations running seamlessly. Our loyal employees have built a tradition of service and integrity. Their energy has inspired a culture of progressive innovation, married with an unwavering dedication to industry compliance.

A Noble History

Originally known as Consolidated Wire & Associated Corporations, we earned our first opportunities through the 1920s & 1930s manufacturing radio accessories. The United States entered WWII in support of global allies in 1941, shifting focus at Consolidated Wire to provided critical products for military communications. We have since expanded expertise to match demands of the private sector, but have kept the loyalty to our allies.

Adaptation to current marketplace landscapes has been a reoccurring theme throughout our history. Evolving into the Original Equipment Manufacturer space in the 1980s paved the way for building invaluable relationships internationally.

As of 1998 we have been proud to be majority employee owned! We are now positioned as an efficient, customer centric organization.

The New Face of Consolidated

Following our tradition of customer-focused service, Consolidated offers specialized consumer resources. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Our Cross Reference Parts Guide: A convenient list of our competitor-equal parts
  • The Guide to Creating a Custom Cable: Covers the variety of elements that make up quality custom cables and many unique factors that must be considered.
  • How to Choose a Cable & Wire Manufacturer: Discusses the necessary information to consider when selecting a wire and cable manufacturer to work with.
  • and more!

For the complete library of resources & specialized service guides, head on over to the Resource Center on our website.

Looking Forward to Many More Years of Service

For a century, Consolidated Wire has provided the highest quality wire and cable solutions in the market. Our commitment to dependability and innovation has made us a dynamic and enduring presence at the forefront of the industry.

As we take this moment to reflect on our proud 100 years, we would like to extend a thank you from our Consolidated Electronic family to all of our wonderful business partners. We look forward to another 100 years with all of you!

For more information about our services or to request a quote, contact us today.


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