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Strong showing, full exhibits marked success for WAI’s new Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2012

WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2012 logo.GUILFORD, Connecticut, USA – May 25, 2012 – The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports positive attendance and a sold-out exhibit floor resulting from the activity surrounding its new two-day Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2012, held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, May 22-23, 2012, Dallas, Texas, USA. The summit’s nearly 1,200 participants—with representatives from 39 states and 29 countries—shared in networking activities, panel and roundtable discussions, and interaction on the exhibit floor.

“The investment of time by the speakers, exhibitors, visitors, and Association volunteers is what made the format for this first-time Summit such a success. WAI set out to offer wire plant operators valuable content in a new format emphasizing Operational Excellence. Judging from the early feedback and the vibrant exchange of information, we met our goals,” said WAI Present Nicholas Nickoletopoulos, Sivaco Wire Group and Ifastgroupe.

Conference highlights included:
•  a keynote presentation by speaker Dr. Michael Cox, Director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, a research institute within Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business;
• five case studies—The Encore success story; Expanding supplier integrations to logistics; Development of a 230 kV system, cable, and accessories; Interconnecting operations and the environment; and Marlin Wire’s engineered solutions;
• visitor flow from the American Metal Market (AMM) & American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) Wire Rod Supply Chain Conference (SCC) held in conjunction with the Summit;
• conference sessions—Machinery, commodities, safety, copper wire in renewable energy, process effectiveness, Washington overview, utility penalties, alternative fuel options in material handling, UL mark for telecomm cable, intellectual property law developments, Encore Wire’s LEED Platinum R & D Center, workforce challenges for U.S. manufacturers, employee involvement in sustainability, and talent management; and
• exhibits from 179 wire and cable makers and suppliers.
Other popular activities were the production solutions demonstrations on wire break analysis and die evaluation; local plant tours to Encore Wire Corp. and Gerdau Corp.; and presentation of WAI’s highest honors—the Mordica Memorial and Donnellan Memorial Awards—to Professor Paul Van Houtte, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium, and Ron Reed, Lloyd and Bouvier, respectively.

The following corporate and onsite sponsors supported the Summit. Platinum level: ACIMAF and Sonoco; Gold level: Carris Reels Inc.; Continuus-Properzi S.p.A.; and SIKORA International Inc.; Silver level: Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.; and Woodburn Diamond Die Inc.; Bronze level: Gold Metal Recyclers; and Red Kite Management (USA) Ltd. Onsite: Amacoil Inc.; Baum’s Castorine Co. Inc.; Carris Reels Inc.; Commission Brokers Inc.; Davis-Standard LLC; Lloyd & Bouvier Inc.; SIKORA International Inc.; and Woodburn Diamond Die Inc.

Wire Expo is organized by WAI and is held biennially in a different industry hub within the U.S. for the wire and cable manufacturing community. Wire Expo originated in Boston in 1990. The Wire Association International, Inc., founded in 1930, is a worldwide technical society for wire and cable industry professionals. WAI is dedicated to the promotion, collection, and dissemination of technical, manufacturing, and general business information and trends in the industry. It organizes events such as the Interwire and Wire Expo trade shows, technical workshops, and annual International Technical Conferences. Its publications and technical products include Wire Journal International (WJI) and the annual WJI Reference Guide as well as handbooks, reports, and DVDs.

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