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Tratos Academy brings clarity with cable Q&A

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A range of short informative talks have been developed by Tratos as part of its Academy learning programme to bring a clearer understanding to some important issues affecting the UK cable industry today. The five talks, available for download from Tratos’ YouTube channel look at a number of key cable industry topics and discussion points – all subjects around which Tratos believes there is an array of misleading information. By asking those in the 'driving seat' for their answers, Tratos aims to bring clarity to its employees, customers and other cable industry stakeholders. The five minute talks feature Peter Smeeth General Secretary of the BCA and Approved Cables Initiative, Dr Jeremy Hodge CEO of BASEC and Neil Ancell, Non-Executive Director of Tratos UK

Tratos remains committed to UK cable manufacturing

200px trat perspectiveFollowing the British public’s decision to vote to leave the European Union, global cable manufacturer Tratos has reaffirmed its commitment to UK manufacturing.
Tratos’ £10m investment plans, which will create 40 new jobs, remain on course at its Knowsley factory in Merseyside.
Tratos, a company with a Pro Euro stance, had an unusual perspective on the UK Referendum – with one foot in mainland Europe – Italy – and the other in the UK, where some of its manufacturing bases are located.
Maurizio Bragagni, CEO of Tratos Ltd said: “This is a momentous day for the UK and Europe. The European Union map will be very different moving forward and we look forward to the challenges this may present.  As a 50 year old family business, Tratos was an early adopter of a pan-European and now global view of the market place for our cable. The company remains fully committed to cable manufacturing in the UK, for us it is business as usual.

Tidal testing for Tratos with Scotrenewables

wind-turbine-tidal-farm-Tratos-Scotrenewables-smallCabling technology expert Tratos has supplied tidal energy R&D Company Scotrenewables with a bespoke cable solution for its SR2000 2MW tidal turbine testing programme at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney.
A follow up to trials on its previous prototype, the SR250 250kW, three years ago, the cable system integrates existing power and communications technologies into a combined, robust solution for challenging tidal environments.
Craig Ormsby, Business Development Manager at Tratos said: “We are pleased to supply this innovative cabling solution to Scotrenewables. Tidal power has enormous potential for future power and electricity generation in the UK and across the World and it is rewarding to be involved in such an innovative project.”

Tratos - the ‘Company to Watch’ in 2016

Albano-Bragagni-Elisabetta-20160531 163630Tratos has once again received the "Company to Watch" award from CERVED, the leading information and statistics source in Italy and one of Europe’s major rating agencies. The award recognises organisations which stand out within their sector for their economic and financial performance. Winners are also judged on their commitment and dedication to the rules and ethics of business. CERVED supports companies that promote innovation and investment, using research and development to benefit and grow their own business and their market sector as a whole. Just over two years ago Tratos received an Award from the UKTI for its substantial investment in the redevelopment of its manufacturing facilities in Knowsley, Merseyside.

Tratos director to enhance global view of BCA


Neil Ancell, non-executive director of Tratos UK, has been appointed vice president of the British Cables Association (BCA), the trade association for British manufacturers of insulated cables, wires and associated products.

Mr Ancell will take on this newly created post as the BCA plays an influential role in not just promoting the interest of UK cables and associated companies throughout the world, but also campaigns through the Approved Cables Initiative to improve the overall quality of cable on sale in the UK today.
Mr Ancell’s cabling career spans 49 years, joining Tratos UK in 2008 following the company’s purchase of North West Cables. Tratos is an Italian-owned electrical, electronic and fibre optic cable manufacturer with its head office in London and UK manufacturing facilities in the north-west of England. The company has been a member of the BCA for seven years.

Quality at top of agenda as Tratos signs Europacable charter

tratos-ennio-bragagni-2016-06 200pxTratos has become the newest member to sign the Europacable Industry Charter, joining an elite group of European and worldwide cable manufacturers that have pledged to uphold ethical, sustainablehigh quality cable development and manufacturing.
Europacable represents wire and cable manufacturers in Europe. Members include the world’s largest producers as well as highly specialised smallmedium sized businesses from across Europe.

Ennio Bragagni Capaccini, vice president of 
Tratos Group, said after signing the Charter: “We are proud to add our name to the Industry Charter. Its principles mirror our own and we are fully committed to delivering continuous improvement in our business where we can.”
Launched in November 2015, the Charter sets out shared industry principles and objectives. It aims for signatories to play a proactive role in monitoring and evaluating emerging issues and finding innovative solutions that produce cables that exceed minimum requirements.

Health & Safety becomes board responsibility at Tratos

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Ing Elisabetta Bragagni Capaccini has been appointed Health & Safety Director at global cable manufacturer Tratos. Her appointment comes alongside the company raising H&S responsibilities to board level. A fully qualified electrical engineer, Ing Elisabetta Bragagni Capaccini is granddaughter of the company’s founder, Egidio Capaccini, and steps up from her role as the company’s health and safety officer at its Knowsley factory in Merseyside. Working alongside UK health and safety consultants, ELAS, Ing Elisabetta Bragagni Capaccini, 33, will oversee the implementation of a rigorous programme of continuous improvement at Knowsley to reach ever higher safety standards that will be mirrored in its factories in Italy.

Tratos on track with Italy and UK manufacturing

200 railwayCable manufacturer Tratos, which produces cable in Italy and the UK, has won a framework contract worth up to three million euros to supply railway signalling and power cables for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). The company’s hard-surface, high resistance, ultra-flexible cabling is built to withstand abrasion and high stress-levels, so is ideally suited for rail applications. The combination of a European manufacturing base’s standards, high performance and the cable’s generous bending radius for easier installation won particular favour over imports from the Far East and the company will supply the special 3kv cable over the next five years.

Further Italian investment for the UK

Tratos-investment-Maurizio-Bragagni-IMG 4493-200A further £10m investment has been earmarked for Italian-owned Tratos Ltd’s UK base in Merseyside, creating 40 new jobsThe structural expansion work at the Knowsley plant, completed late last year, has expanded the factory four-fold and brought 150,000 sq ft of new industrial and office space into use. The quality of the development was recognised by the Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards in November last year where Tratos was awarded Commercial Development of the Year.

ACI highlights issue of golden samples

ACI logoApproved Cables Initiative (ACI) believes the practice of testing golden samples and ignoring the value of third party approval and independent testing risks flooding the market with substandard cable. The ACI understands that not only are some manufacturers producing golden samples* to meet specifications and standards and in some instances to obtain a third party test report, but this summer, a cable manufacturer secured an order by supplying golden samples from another legitimate cable producer.

Tratos Academy: Going for Growth in Knowsley

tratos-inauguration-phase1-2015-09 An academy to further develop the skills of the Knowsley employees of cable manufacturer Tratos will deliver the first of its training modules this year. The idea for the academy prompted an in-depth survey of the Merseyside workforce, an exercise which revealed significant optimism about the future for the plant and Tratos’ ambitions for the company as a whole. It also helped assess current skills and knowledge and included views of senior management and the sales team as well as the Knowsley workforce. 
Described as an education approach, the academy’s structure will allow modules to be delivered anywhere across the company’s all around the world and will be open to long-standing colleagues as well as new employees.

Tratos Powers Twickenham Stadium for Rugby World Cup

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Anglo/Italian cabling company Tratos will facilitate power for the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, applying its subsea cabling technology to combat the challenges of the stadium’s high water table.
The company, which manufactures in the UK and Italy, and has offices around the world, was approached earlier this year by project consultants ME Ltd, because of the particularly difficult nature of the environment. Cable would have to maintain its integrity despite constant immersion; and time would be critical. The Rugby World Cup started this month (September) and the stadium couldn’t afford the risk of power outage. That left an eight-week turnaround for Tratos.

Bridge to tomorrow

Tratos-Premio-Capaccini-2015-01Tratos founder Egidio Capaccini was the inspiration for the company’s award for school children achieving the best academic performance and it was with great pleasure that Tratos made awards, in his name, to eight winners earlier this month (November).
Egidio Capaccini’s story is also linked to a modern–day celebration of applied intelligence, endeavour and achievement. Born in Pieve Santo Stefano November 24, 1918, Egidio lived a short (he died at 56) but full life that made an impact and left a thriving legacy of innovation and ingenuity that is still alive almost a century after his birth.
Best known for founding Tratos Cavi (Cables), now a leading group of international companies which still has its roots and the majority of its workforce in the Tiber Valley, Capaccini’s real story starts much earlier.

Tratos’ New Generation Fibre Cable to Speed Broadband


A new series of optical fibre cable has been designed by Tratos Ltd specifically to increase domestic broadband speed and reliability. It’s faster and easier to install too. 
Its last-mile network fibre optics hold the potential for significantly faster response to the demand for development of broadband connectivity. The Anglo Italian cable company predicts it will be a key facilitators for this, one of the most rapidly developing sectors in the next few years.
With its FTTH (Fibre to the Home) range, Tratos has developed a super-simple solution for different installation systems.
These cables can be used inside buildings to connect individual flats. Run from the bottom to the top of the building, one or more of the cables in the bundle can branch off at any point and connect in end users’ homes. 
The new wiring, for single and multiple-dwellings, also incorporates a complete indoor fibre solution.
Part of the challenge for FTTH is the diverse range of environments presented by the diversity of buildings’ infrastructure. In existing structures FTTH wiring is very often installed as the third network infrastructure in a building where, in the past, twisted pair copper and coax cabling would have been installed.



Tratos’ innovative fibre-optic cabling systems prove vital for Naval Defence

finmeccanica-logoA new and bespoke fibre-optic cabling system by Tratos allows the Finmeccanica Group to launch Black Shark - new generation heavyweight torpedo able to counter the most challenging threats posed by any type of surface or underwater target for the next 30 years. To provide a cabling systems able to exceed the limitations of a sub-surface setup, Tratos’ technicians had overcome the existing limits of cable technology. The final product provided by Tratos is able to withstand extremely high-pressure conditions whilst ensuring a communications distance of at least 50km using one, single length of fibre-optic cabling.

Tratos’ new Generation of Enhanced Fire Performance cables for High-Speed Rail

tratos-mass-transit-railways-applicationsTratos is a European manufacturer of electrical, electronic and fibre optic cable solutions; with five manufacturing facilities in both in Italy and in the United Kingdom, combining half a century’s worth of experience and development. 
Originally established in 1966 in Pieve Santo Stefano, Tuscany, the company has expanded exponentially in the last fifty years and now has a total of 400+ employees with sales presence on five continents. In 1981 the company established in the UK with Tratos Ltd with the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in Knowsley, and in recent years has been investing significantly in new and improved manufacturing and distribution at this facility in the North-West of England.

Joint client project allows Tratos to deliver ground-breaking anchoring application

IMG 1270A partnership between Tratos and a leading steel rope manufacturer resulted in a significant technological achievement in the oil & gas sector – the development of a stranded, insulated rope which allows for the anchoring of over 56 tonnes, an industry recordThe project, set forth through the insight of Tratos Group’s Vice President; Ennio Bragagni-Capaccini and the client, merged the technical expertise of both companies, with Tratos providing the insulation for the client’s stranded steel rope. 
A partnership between Tratos and a leading steel rope manufacturer resulted in a significant technological achievement in the oil & gas sector – the development of a stranded, insulated rope which weighs over 56 tonnes, an industry record. 

Tratos wins major electricity North West cable order

tratos-HV-electricity-north-westTratos has won a £1 million Multiple Awardees Contract from Electricity North West Ltd. for the supply of 132kv cables.
The cables, designed and manufactured in accordance with specification ES400C14, will be used across the Electricity North West 132kV distribution network, which connects 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people in the region to the National Grid. Its network covers a diverse range of terrain, from isolated farms in rural areas such as Cumbria, to areas of heavy industry and urban populations including Manchester

Largest Regional Growth Fund grant in Merseyside awarded to Tratos

Tratos-RGF-knowsley-awardElectrical cable manufacturer Tratos Ltd. has been awarded a substantial grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to develop its manufacturing site in Knowsley, Merseyside. The grant, which is the largest awarded in Merseyside from this scheme, will help ensure the long term survival of Tratos - one of the last remaining cable manufacturers in the country.
Under the RGF, o
ver £800 million has been made available to SMEs and over 2,700 SMEs nationally have received cash from the fund. Tratos is one of 18 companies to be awarded an RGF grant in the North West in Round 4 of bidders. The grant has been awarded to Tratos to invest and strengthen its business and protect and potentially create further jobs in the area – on of the most deprived local authorities in the UK. 

By you side, every step of the way.

tratos-supportTratos is renowned in the industry for manufacturing cables of exceptional quality and design. However, what some might not be aware of is our full Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) service with comprehensive after sales support provision. This ‘added value’ service is available to all our customers worldwide.
As an EPC company, we are able to carry out the detailed engineering design of a project, procure all the equipment and materials necessary, and then construct the application to deliver a functioning asset to clients, with a full after-sales support service following its completion. This service has been developed over the past few years and has already seen great success in the field. 

Clipper south platform benefits from Tratos oil and gas cables

tratos-Clipper-South-platformLocated off the North East Coast of East Anglia, UK in the North Sea, the Clipper South gas field and its wellhead platform have been developed using Tratos Oil & Gas Cables to the value of several million Euros. 
Clipper South is a substantial gas field with a wellhead platform tied by 12” pipeline to Conoco/BP’s LOGGS Platform from where gas is exported onshore to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, 100km away. As part of ongoing development work, including new production wells, Tratos Oil & Gas Cables have been used extensively throughout the field to supply power, control and signalling.

Fiberness - The beating heart of broadband, and ultra, showcased at Pieve

FTTH-tratos 2015 engWorld-leaders from the telecommunications industry gathered at the Tiber Valley in Pieve Santo Stefano for a landmark event, hosted by Tratos. One of the most anticipated events in the industry’s calendar, the focus was on the development of broadband and ultra, and ambitious goals to serve the European Digital Agenda. Tratos demonstrated its commitment to retaining its place as a European leader in the production of cables and fibre optics, research and the continuous development of new technical solutions. 
The venue was, as every year, the company’s birthplace in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. The company has grown to more than 400 employees, fostering trade relations with 52 countries around the world and developing manufacturing sites in Italy and England.
This year's conference, titled "Cabling metro and FTTH networks", was divided into two parts: a strategic view, where leading members of the National Telecommunication Operators presented their insights in the field of broadband networks and ultra, and a second that had a technical focus and included analysis of field-proven solutions. 

Tratos' super-conducting cable reaches next stage in experimental fusion-reactor

double-pancake-tratosFollowing Tratos’ production of super-conducting cable for use in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’s (ITER) large electro-magnets, the company is pleased to report the winding has been completed and, for the first time ever, a Toroidal Field (TF) coil full-size super-conducting prototype of the double pancake (DP) is being manufactured. An experimental fusion reactor, ITER will operate with a system of superconducting magnets which relies on the TF coils, the central solenoid, the Poloidal Field coils and the correction coils. 

The TF coils will be operated with an electrical current of 68 000 amps in order to produce the magnetic field which confines and holds the plasma in place in the ITER tokamak. Each TF coil weighs about 300t and is about 16.5m tall and 9.5m wide.

Crane cable contract awarded to Tratos for HPH new Australian container terminals

tratos-brisbane-port-ttFollowing the awarding of the contract to Konecranes to supply Automated Stacking Cranes (ASC) for two Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) container terminals in Australia, Tratos is pleased to announce its Tratosflex reeling cables have been specified by Konecranes for these prestigious projects.
Tratosflex medium voltage rubber insulated and sheathed drum reeling cables have been specifically designed for high speed reeling and are regularly incorporated into Konecranes ASCs worldwide due to their reliability. Tratosflex features a unique internal cable design, with the structure tightened against the internal relative movement. This prevents the cable from twisting and leading to possible breakage – extremely dangerous when reeling at speeds up to 300m/m

Norwegian rig gets new lease of life with Tratos oil & gas cables

Tratos-Scarabeo5SSDR Scarabeo 5, an Italian built rig designed specifically for Norwegian conditions, has been refurbished using several million Euros worth of Tratos Oil & Gas Cables by Saipem.

Operating successfully on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since 1990, Scarabeo 5 is a 5th generation vessel with large capacity, advanced performance and strong technical capabilities. It features a dynamic positioning (DP) system, allowing drilling at great water depths – down to 2000 meters for this rig to date.

As part of its ongoing maintenance programme, Saipem - a world leader in the oil and gas contracting services sector – has installed oil and gas cables from Tratos to the value of several million Euros. The cables are being used to supply power, control and signalling throughout the rig.

Tratos is a specialist supplier of mining and tunnelling equipment

Tratos Mining cablesTratos is a specialist supplier of mining and tunnelling equipment that is used at applications worldwide. The group is one of the most trusted suppliers of cables with long-standing relationships with major global mining groups.
our industrial and mining cable has been manufactured and tested to meet or exceed industry standards such as AS/NZS, VDE, BS, UL, CSA, MSHA, and OSHA.  Our products also meet approval of RoHS compliant.
Mining cable is also weather resistant, but is specifically customized for the mining market; it is designed to resist sunlight, water, extreme temperature, chemical, oil and abrasion, while also performing reliably in tough drilling environments.



TRATOS Knowsley has gained certification
to the coveted and internationally
recognized ISO14001 standard for
environmental management systems
Euromax - Virgina - Reeling cables - Tratos - Ports - Cranes

After several years
Tratos cables continually working
without any corkscrew effect  in
Euromax, the Rotterdam & Virgina (USA).
at speeds up to  300 m/min.

superconductor cable for-fusion

ENEA, Italian industries along with
Tratos wins 49 million contract
for ITER international hi-tech.