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Recent and upcoming legislation at Belgian and European levels mean major changes for the construction industry

Paris, October 31st, 2014 – The fire safety cable industry is changing in light of new legislation and proper understanding of these changes is crucial if manufacturers, distributors, specifiers and installers are to remain compliant and ensure continued fire safety in buildings. This was the key message to come out of a technical conference hosted by Nexans last week.

Around 100 key stakeholders including installers, specifiers, manufacturers and academics gathered for the conference at the Diamant Conference Centre in Brussels, Belgium. 

The conference offered an overview of the newly passed EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) which looks to create a single market for products used in construction by creating common technical standards that all member states must use in national legislation. Jacques Vertessen, Senior Expert Consultant on the CPR, and Catherine Grimonpont, expert on the CPR of the FPS Economy, commented on the position of the CPR in the hierarchy of standards and Belgian legislation.

Nexans’ technical experts presented recent developments in low fire-hazard materials and advanced methods of testing cables in compliance with these new standards. Other presentations focused on topics such as fire simulation, introduced by Professor Patrick van Hees from Lund University, as well as liability in the event of a fire, led by legal expert Ludo Cornelis, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Of Counsel at Eubelius.

Christof Dinkelmeyer, R&D Group Leader for Fire Safety & Services at Nexans Research Centre in Nuremberg (Germany) said “In light of the legal changes at both national and global levels, this conference offered a great opportunity for the stakeholders from the construction industry to get together and address the new challenges for fire safety cables. At Nexans, we are proud to guide the industry experts through these ongoing changes in the sector. We are glad that this event helped stakeholders, including in particular specifiers and installers, better understand the evolution of the legislation as well as its effects on their businesses and their relationships with clients.”

About Nexans

Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution (submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables), Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and the introduction of safe, low -environmental- impact industrial processes. In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for disadvantaged communities worldwide. We have an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, employing close to 26,000 people and generating sales in 2013 of nearly 6.7 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult:

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