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Speculation Over Substituting Aluminum for Copper in Wire & Cable Overdone
Jun 5,2015 16:42CST
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Speculation is running high that aluminum will replace copper in wire & cable now that China’s new standards for aluminum alloy cable will take effect September 1.
SHANGHAI, Jun. 5 (SMM) –Speculation is running high that aluminum will replace copper in wire & cable now that China’s new standards for aluminum alloy cable will take effect September 1. 
 
However, the new standards will do little in boosting aluminum applications in wire & cable, Shanghai Metals Market believes. 
 
State Grid and Southern Power Grid, the country’s major wire & cable consumers, largely use high-voltage aluminum alloy power transmission lines. But the new standards mainly target low-voltage aluminum cable. 
 
Moreover, it might be difficult for users to accept low-voltage aluminum cable, out of concerns in costs, installation and maintenance.    
   
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