Examples of National Associations from Different Regions


Associazione Italiana Industrie Cavi e Conduttori Elettrici

The AICE is the association that represents Italy’s wire and cable industry within the country’s broader federation of national associations in the electrical industry, the ANIE – National Association of Electrotechnical Indusrie. The ANIE was established in 1945. The AICE has 32 member companies, and their combined sales in 2013 amounted to €2.4 billion euros (US$2.6 billion). The AICE says that this figure represents 85% of the country’s wire and cable turnover, according the Italy’s national statistics agency. The AICE has four sub-groups, representing two segments of energy cables, communication cables, and winding wire. The AICE’s mission is to represent the wire and cable industry to policymakers in Italy and the EU and to international standards and certification agencies. Another element of its mission to promote industry growth and technical developments.




Communication Cable and Connectivity Association

The CCCA is a US-based organization established in 2007 to support education, code-compliance, environmental, and anti-counterfeit initiatives for companies involved in the structured cabling market.  The expression “structured cabling” refers to communication networks within a building or campus, including data centres and a wide arrange of other organizations that have internal networks for computer, video, and telephone applications. “Code compliance” refers to the CCCA’s work with organizations such as BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International), the National Fire Protection Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and other committees and institutions with safety, interoperability, and product performance standards. The CCCA has 27 corporate members. It provides a quarterly newsletter and other information services.




Electric Cable and Wire Branch of China Electrical Equipment Industry Association

The ECWB says it is one of 33 branches of the broader CEEIA, and the only nationwide wire and cable association in China. It has more than 500 members, including wire and cable manufacturers, research institutes, trading companies, and suppliers of machinery and materials. Its primary objectives are consulting and analysis services for government and corporate members. The ECWB-CEEIA has eight departments covering different areas of wire and cable technology, and one for international communication and cooperation. The ECWB-CEEIA website says “Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute (SECRI) is responsible for the operation and management of ECWB secretariat.”



Asociacion Espanola de Fabricantes de Cables y Conductores Electricos y de Fibra Optica

Spain’s FACEL was established in 1977 to support industry planning and development programs and to promote the interests of Spain’s cable industry in national and international administrations.  Within Spain, FACEL works with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, and Trade on issues such as regulations for HV lines, the Ministry of Environment-Climate on issues such as packaging and waste, the Ministry of Health and Consumer on issues of cable quality and safety, and various regional government authorities.  FACEL also works with the Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion y Certifacion (AENOR), which represents Spain in international standards bodies, including the ISO, IEC, European CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI.  AENOR also has activities in several countries of Latin America, North Africa, and Europe. 

FACEL has at the time being 32 members companies and their combined turnover in 2014 was € 1.5 Billion. According to FACEL's statistics, 63% of this total was Export sales.
The 2014 total also had decreased 6,1% from the 2013 total, due to the lower demand in the sectors of construction and electric power generation / distribution.




The Fiber Optic Association

The FOA is a US-based non-profit educational organization. Its main function is to support the training of fiber optic technicians and installers by evaluating and certifying training programs, certifying instructors, and supplying textbooks, programs, and other training programs. The FOA also supplies a monthly newsletter, participates in standards committees, and maintains a web-based training resource called “Fiber-U.” As of late 2014, the FOA had approved more than 250 training programs in 40 countries, and more than 50,000 technicians had completed requirements for FOA certification. FOA membership is available for both individuals and corporations.



British Cables Association

Founded in 1899, the British Cables Association (BCA) is the trade association for British manufacturers and associate companies manufacturing insulated cables, wires and accessories. Representing its members on relevant policy issues across four product sectors – energy cables, supertension cables, communications cables and power accessories – the BCA promotes their interests throughout Europe and worldwide markets.

Where appropriate, BCA provides services with the objective of contributing to the commercial success of the UK cable systems industry and it also runs a forum for discussion on environmental and Health & Safety matters.

BCA staff and members are involved in more than 70 BSI committees contributing to the development of British, European (CENELEC) and International Standards (IEC). In addition they help publish codes of practice and guides to safe cable and cable accessory manufacturing and usage.

Whilst its work is varied, the BCA also:

  • meets with external influencers including those managing the issue of metal theft, utilities, wholesalers, distributors, contractors and installers
  • supports the Approved Cables Initiative and its campaign against substandard and non-approved cables
  • assists BASEC (a UK approvals body) through its certification committees and with technical advice
  • provides technical and environmental secretarial services to Europacable – as well as attending product group meetings, sharing discussion papers, communication opportunities and providing technical support
  • collates monthly import data from 3rd parties, producing a statistical digest




Selcable is, since the year of 2000, the Swedish business organization for cable and wire manufacturers. The objectives are to promote and communicate the interests of the organization in the areas of standardization, drafts from authorities etc.
The organization represents the five major Swedish cable manufacturers in the European cable association EUROPACABLE.

SELCABLE is committed to engaging in the following three dimensions:

  • To be recognized as a fully transparent lobby organization representing the cable industry in relevant EU and national regulations and policies.
  • To be trusted source of technical information on cable products and be actively engaged in relevant standardization processes.
  • To raise visibility of the Swedish cable industry.




The Japanese Electric Wire and Cable Makers’ Association

The JCMA membership includes 123 regular member companies, 23 supporting member companies, and four public organizations. The JCMA estimates that Japan has about 300 companies making wire and cable and that its 123 regular members represent 90% of the country’s wire and cable market.

The JCMA provides monthly market data, information on overseas markets, international trade data and other industry statistics, analyses of international standards activities, technical studies, industry news, and other information services.  JCMA also reports cable industry data to government agencies and reports on government policies to its members. 

JCMA publications include “The Wire Handbook,” “JCS Standard,” “Wire Industry Overview,” “The Wire Statistics Annual Report,” and the “Wire Times Journal.” Technical studies currently underway include work on the use of materials derived from non-fossil sources, such as plants, increased use of recyclable materials, and other developments that address issues of chemical substances and recycling.

In addition, the JCMA develops standards for safety, product performance, and uniform specifications with a goal of maximizing the uniformity of Japanese and international standards, such as IEC standards.  Specific standards projects currently underway include standards for superconducting cable, optimal conductor size for low-voltage, environmentally friendly cables, triple-insulated winding wire, and “solar” cables for photovoltaic systems.




Japan Electric Cable Technology Center

JCMA cooperates with JECTEC for training and human resources programs,. JECTEC is the Japan Electric Cable Technology Center. JECTEC is located in Hamamatsu, a city of about 800,000 people. Hamamatsu is about 250 km southwest of Tokyo in western Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. JECTEC was established in 1991 as cooperative testing, research, and training laboratory. JECTEC says it is evolving from its initial mission emphasizing R&D, to a qualified authority for testing, inspection, and certification. JECTEC has 31 full-time employees, an annual budget of about ¥ 400 million (US$3.4 million), assets of ¥800 million (US$6.7 million), and 3,600 square metres of floor space.




Malaysia Cable Manufacturers Association

Malaysia Cable Manufacturers Association was established in 1980 and currently has 18 member companies. Its mission is to promote cooperation among its members for standardization of products and services, and to provide a liaison with government authorities, including the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and SIRIM (the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia). SIRIM is a corporation that is wholly owned by the national government. SIRIM handles the implementation of standards, and the MCMA contributes to the writing of cable-related standards. The MCMA meets monthly and facilitates participation in other conferences for its members.




Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute

SECRI was founded in 1957 under the State Council with the mission of conducting R&D for the cable industry. In 1999, SECRI was reorganized and put under local government management - the State-owned Assets Commission of Shanghai, the High-tech Enterprise of Shanghai, and the Experimental National Innovative Enterprise. SECRI’s main mission continues to be scientific research, design, testing, and international affairs for the country’s wire and cable industry. SECRI has more than 400 staff members, including 90 senior engineers. For international affairs, SECRI has a unit known as SECRI-TI (SECRI Trading International). 




Syndicat Professionnel des Fabricants de Fils et Câbles Electriques et de Communication

France’s national cable association, Sycabel dates back to 1917. The 24 corporate members of the association represent 90% of France’s wire and cable industry. Among them are some of the worldwide leaders. Like other European associations, Sycabel represents its member’s interests in the EU as well as with the national government. Sycabel also works with the standards organizations and other professional societies. Sycabel provides news alerts on current topics trough a regular e-newsletter sent to their partners. It participates in the digital data evolution with the CABLE-BASE® website.