UL Wire & Cable International Fair 2013 will connect business partners from around the globe in China’s high-growth region

Shanghai, China,  April 17, 2013 – UL, a world leader in advancing safety, today announced it will be hosting the UL Wire & Cable International Fair 2013. Bringing together various stakeholders from the Wire & Cable industry, this first-of-its-kind exhibition and forum will include global manufacturers and suppliers, as well as regulators. The Fair will be held from July 17-19, 2013, at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center (GDF) in Dongguan, China, the heart of the country’s premier manufacturing region.

Anticipating more than 1,000 exhibitors and 30 presentations from the Wire & Cable industry’s leading experts, UL aims to give buyers a unique platform to connect with manufacturers, suppliers and agents from around the world. The agenda will cover timely topics such as Avoiding Risk & Liabilities of Non-Complaint Cables, Automotive Cables, High-Voltage Solutions, and The ASEAN Cable Market Today, presented by leaders from the world’s most influential industry organizations.

“As a global leader in the Wire & Cable industry, organizing this fair is a natural choice for us and a responsibility that we embrace,” said L. F. Lai, general manager of Global Wire & Cable of UL. “We look forward to bringing everyone together from the entire Wire & Cable supply chain and across all disciplines, to facilitate the sharing of expertise and best practices between industry peers from around the world.”

Having been in China since 1980, UL has observed the growth of China’s Wire & Cable industry – including the challenges that manufacturers have come to face. Besides the rising price of raw materials, shrinking markets, and changing compliance requirements, challenges today include counterfeiting and insufficient low-end products flooding the marketplace, as well as new specification demands from end-product technology. Considering the current market landscape here, as well as abroad, Mr. Lai explained, “the whole industry is now ready for a gathering of this type, range and scale.”

Unlike other industry fairs in China, UL is offering an all-in-one platform for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and other players in the profession to gain more business opportunities through knowledge sharing, networking and exposure to domestic and foreign associations. Through UL’s various cooperations with local and state government bodies in China, visitors will also gain valuable policy information. Participating organizations so far include: Dongguan Humen Information Wire & Cable Association, Dongguan Wire & Cable Association, Taiwan Electric Wire & Cable Association, Wenzhou Wire & Cable Association, Wire & Cable Association of Greater China, Communication Cable & Connectivity Association (CCCA), and the International Wire & Cable Symposium (IWCS).

“We want to equip participants with a competitive edge. Thanks to UL’s leadership and heritage of expertise, we’re able to make this possible and bring together industry experts to share their latest insights, trends and analyses,” explained Bai Jianwen, chairman of the Dongguan Humen Information Wire & Cable Association.

By featuring a range of exhibitors from across the industry and supply chain – including both producers and suppliers of compounds, copper and laboratory equipment – the event will showcase the latest global innovations in Wire & Cable products and equipment. “We are excited to be seeing so many manufacturers joining this fair and are looking forward to further support their ability to innovate,” said Basil Shamsid-Deen, General Manager of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable of UL. He added, “We want this to benefit the entire industry – not only in China, but all around the world.”

Wire & Cable is one of the first industries that UL started serving more than a century ago, with their original test conducted in 1896. Since then, the company has played an important role in the early development of Wire & Cable testing, introducing categories such as flexible cords in 1898, special cables in 1899, rigid conduit and flexible non-metallic tubing in 1906, and rubber insulated wire and cables in 1917.

“Today, UL has the expertise, testing capability, brand recognition and global presence needed to provide a full portfolio of Wire & Cable testing services to the industry,” explained L. F. Lai. He added that these Full Solution Services – which include Fire Safety, Performance Verification, Component Cabling and Compound Performance – are supported by “one of the most comprehensive Follow-Up Programs in the third-party certification industry.”

Interested visitors and exhibitors can learn more about the event and register at www.ulwireexpo.com.

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