Amokabel acquires cable maker specialising in bushfire protection

7 February 2023

Amokabel, the Swedish specialist cable producer, has acquired Euro-Tech Cables Pty, a Sydney manufacturer of signal and communication cables. The deal, completed in December 2022, has established a manufacturing footprint in Australia for Amokabel, with the long-term goal of producing covered conductor. Amokabel’s new-generation covered conductor is said to be the most cost-effective technology to enable distribution network operators to increase their network resilience while at the same time greatly reducing the risk of bushfires that start when electrical lines come into contact with dry vegetation. This was the primary cause of the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

According to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), covered conductor reduces the risk of ignition by 98 %. It can be easily retrofitted to existing poles and infrastructure with minimal changes. As a lightweight technology, covered conductor virtually eliminates ‘interpoling’, which is the practice of adding additional poles to support the weight of older styles of covered conductors. It also brings other benefits, such as increased public and wildlife safety.

Having established its Australian subsidiary in 2021, Amokabel has been supplying DNOs with covered conductor and accessories from Sweden via a warehouse in Australia. However, demand is growing and it wanted to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the market by developing local production.

Amokabel will continue to serve Euro-Tech’s customers with control and instrumentation cables for mining, electronics, signalling and other industries. The Sydney production line features purpose-built machines that produce cables for specialist applications. For example, it is the only supplier in Australia that can apply nylon sheathing to cables for protection against termite attack.

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