B3 complete Spanish acquisition and target European broadband, low voltage energy and rail markets

B3 Cable Solutions (B3) (www.b3cables.com), the fastest growing cable manufacturer in the world, today announced the completion of their purchase from Nexans of the telecommunications and railway signalling cable business in Santander, Spain.

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B3 Cable Solutions Products

21st century living is driving telecommunications, travel and energy companies to deliver better performance, capacity and service.

We are continuously upgrading the specification of our metallic and fibre cabling products and introducing new products to meet changing market demands. The performance and consistent quality of our products ensure our customers maintain their competitive edge within their marketplace.

B3 Cable Solutions Company Information

B3 products build the vital connections that support the way we live, work and relax in the 21st Century. Our products form the core of intranet, internet and other communications networks all around the world; they are the backbone behind transport communications links and they bring heat and light into homes and businesses.

We deliver innovative cabling products and world-class supply chain solutions to companies across the UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe and the Middle East.  Our capability to deliver effective supply chain solutions alongside quality cable products sets us apart in the industry.

Customers and Products

We have a track record of successfully servicing high-profile, blue-chip companies in the following industries:

  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Energy                
  • Rail Transport          

We manufacture and supply an extensive range of innovative metallic and optical fibre cabling solutions that are designed to be used in a wide variety of applications.

Supply chain Solutions

Unique within the cable industry, our portfolio of solutions is designed with a single goal in mind; improving our customers’ bottom line performance. Our customers get more than just cable, they also have access to:

  • Vendor Managed Inventories (VMI)
  • deployment of Kaizen within our customers’ supply chain
  • end-to-end stock management
  • direct deliveries
  • bespoke cable cutting
  • drum collection & management
  • Kan Ban inventory locations

Manufacturing

B3 has the largest copper telecommunications cable manufacturing capacity in Europe and operates the only remaining high volume plant in the UK.   Every area of operation at B3’s manufacturing facilities have achieved and maintained world class status, thanks to the continued use of Kaizen and Six Sigma continuous improvement philosophies.

B3 has been recognised by leading industry bodies for its practices in health and safety, social responsibility, ethical working and environmental manufacturing.  

Spanish acquisition springboards B3 to number 3 in the world

B3 Cable Solutions (B3)(www.b3cables.co.uk) today announced they have entered into exclusive negotiations with Nexans (www.nexans.com) to purchase their telecommunications and railway signalling cable business in Santander, Spain. The deal is expected to complete at the end of Quarter 1 2008, subject to due diligence and finalisation of the necessary agreements and approvals. On completion B3 will become the third largest manufacturer of metallic telecommunication cable in the world and the largest outside the USA market.

 

This deal would represent the fourth acquisition by the Group since the beginning of 2006 and makes B3 the fastest growing cable manufacturer in the world. This acquisition follows hard on the heels of the B3’s announcement in November 2007 that it had agreed to purchase UM Cables Ltd, one of India’s leading manufacturers of optical fibre and copper telecom cables employing 140 people and with a turnover of $60M. The Manchester and Ireland acquisitions carried out in 2006 were the first milestones in B3’s strategy of building a successful company through a combination of organic growth and acquisition.

 

The modern and well equipped operation in Santander serves high profile telecommunications companies across mainland Europe. It employs approximately 340 people for 75M€ of turnover and 29M€of capital employed. Significantly for B3, the business also has an impressive rail company client list and the acquisition of the business will enable B3 to further grow its market share in the rail cabling sector.

 

Steve Ellis, Managing Director at B3 is excited by this acquisition, “The acquisition of the Santander business is a significant development for the Group and further demonstrates our commitment to growth through selective acquisition. Our UK and Ireland operations are established as service providers to energy and telecommunications businesses in the UK, this acquisition will strengthen and expand our customer base across mainland Europe. It is also strategically important to us as it further diversifies our addressable markets through Santander’s strong position in the railways signalling market.”

 

B3 will make a further announcement upon of completion of the sale.

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Notes to Editors:

B3 Cable Solutions

http://www.b3cables.com    

B3 Cable Solutions delivers world-class cable products and supply solutions to the global telecommunications, energy and rail infrastructure markets. 

The company operates world-class cable manufacturing facilities in the UK and Ireland.  B3 Cable Solutions works in partnership with its customers and stakeholders to deliver cost-effective products alongside supply and logistic solutions that are tailored to the needs of individual customers. This combination of capabilities is unique.

Client Contact:

Steve Ellis, Managing Director

Tel: 0161 740 9151

Email: steve.ellis@b3cables.co.uk

Agency Contact:

Catherine Dhanjal, TheAnswer Ltd

Tel: 01883 650434 or 0794 166 9925

Email: catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com

B3 Cable Solutions sign agreement to purchase Indian cable manufacturing business

B3 Cable Solutions (B3) today announced they have signed an agreement to purchase Indian based telecom cable manufacturing business UM Cables Ltd (http://www.umcablesltd.com) from Usha Martin Ltd., a company listed on the Indian stock exchange.   The deal is expected to complete by the 31st January 2008, subject to due diligence and the necessary approvals.

UM Cables Ltd is one of India’s leading manufacturers of Optical Fibre and Copper telecom Cables employing 140 people and with a turnover of $60M.  UM Cables Ltd services high profile telecommunications clients across India, The Middle East, Africa and Europe. This acquisition will help B3 to strategically position itself in the resurgent Optical Fibre Cable business and also in the fast growing Asian region.

UM Cables Ltd operates sophisticated copper and fibre cable manufacturing facilities in Silvassa which are ISO 9001 and ISO14001 accredited.   Manufacturing capacity currently stands at 1.2M pair KM per annum for copper cable and 700,000 fibre KM per annum.   The company also has offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Delhi.

Steve Ellis, Managing Director at B3 explained, “This is an important acquisition for B3 Cable Solutions and our second in 12 months.  This acquisition will grow our production capacity in our core marketplace and provide us with a fast track route into exciting markets around the world.  We are delighted to have reached agreement with the management of Usha Martin, and are looking forward to welcoming the team at UM Cables Ltd into the B3 Group.“

Dr. P Bhattacharya, Jt. MD of Usha Martin said “Usha Martin has been a successful player in Telecom Cable business for over 15 years. The U M Cable operation has the required Quality, Efficiency, Competitiveness and Asset Quality to move to still higher levels of performance through expansion and product development. The ownership change to a leading Cable Company of International repute will help focus on achieving this objective. Usha Martin proposes to concentrate on its core and global business of speciality steel and wire rope”.

B3 will make a further announcement upon of completion of the sale.

Click on the link below to view B3 Cables Multi Media Listing

  

http://www.thecabledirectory.com/b3-cable_company-info.htm 

 

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Notes to Editors:

B3 Cable Solutions

http://www.b3cables.co.uk

B3 Cable Solutions delivers world-class cable products and supply solutions to the European telecommunications market. 

The company operates world-class cable manufacturing facilities in the UK and Ireland.  B3 Cable Solutions works in partnership with its customers and stakeholders to deliver cost-effective supply and logistic solutions that are tailored to the needs of individual customers. This combination of capabilities is unique within the marketplace.

Client Contact:

Steve Ellis, Managing Director

Tel: 0161 740 9151

Email: steve.ellis@b3cables.co.uk

Agency Contact:

Catherine Dhanjal, TheAnswer Ltd,

Tel: 01883 650434 or 0794 166 9925

Email: catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com

Exclusive Interview with Steve Ellis, MD of B3 Cable Solutions

QUESTION 1

How does B3 Cable Solutions differentiate your company and products in a highly competitive industry?

B3 manufactures and supplies a broad range of copper and fibre cable products into telecommunications, utilities, energy and rail markets. Cables are supplied from one of two B3 manufacturing plants utilising advanced continuous improvement techniques and through a programme of supply partnerships with high quality manufacturing companies in Asia. A key differentiating element within the B3 proposition concerns the provision of innovative supply chain solutions utilising a unique blend of business skills, industry knowledge and kaizen continuous improvement. These solutions are tailored to suit individual customer requirements and are focused in bringing about real margin improvement. Customers use a range of these solutions in streamlining processes, reducing overhead and logistics costs and in improving the efficiency of their own cable supply chain.

QUESTION 2

What environmental policies is B3 Cable Solutions currently implementing?

B3 has been recognised by leading industrial bodies for its practices in health and safety, ethical working and environmental manufacturing. The Manchester site was the first in its class to achieve the OHSAS 18001 standard and is accredited to ISO 14001 for its environmental management system. B3 is also working with a number of recognised bodies and customers in bringing about reductions in our carbon footprint. 

QUESTION 3

With the emerging Industrial economies of India and China, what policies does B3 Cable Solutions have to ensure they remain the Industry leader?

B3 seeks to provide its customers with the most complete and cost effective solution. This is achieved through careful management of our manufacturing facilities and supply partners – we seek to offer a proposition which includes not only the cable but a range of added value services, provided close to or in many cases within our customers’ premises. In this way we recognise certain opportunities available in global markets but add significant additional value through the provision of these services.

QUESTION 4

What advertising advantages does the internet offer B3 Cable Solutionsthat other media do not provide?

As a young company (albeit comprising businesses with significant historical presence), utilisation of the internet in developing our brand and in maintaining currency of our informational material is vital. In addition we utilise various forms on online transaction such as EDI and participate in many commercial processes using internet, extranet and other portals.

QUESTION 5

How much of B3 Cable Solutions budget is spent on Research & Development?

This varies in accordance with market trend but we continually work to develop both new, higher capability cable types and other supply chain services. We recognise that modern day living drives telecommunications, travel and energy companies to increase performance, capacity and service. B3 is well placed to meet these market expectations thanks to its innovative culture, technical pedigree and the relationships we have with our customers. Our cable designs seek to deliver increased performance, ease of installation and reduced space.

QUESTION 6

What do B3 Cable Solutions perceive to be the biggest threat to your company?

We continually evaluate threats but also the opportunities which arise from time or time or which may evolve over a longer period. We have a clear strategy to develop B3 Cable Solutions through continued improvement of our own facilities, through strengthening our key partnerships in supply and distribution and through selective acquisition of additional businesses to our group. We have a track record which demonstrates this already but of course our challenge is to continue the momentum gained to date.