Approved Cables Initiative gains further political support

Published:  25 May, 2010

Newly re-elected MP for Wrexham, Ian Lucas, spent some of his pre-election campaign visiting Prysmian’s factory in Wrexham, North Wales and confirmed his backing for the ACI in the process. Prysmian is a lead supporter of the ACI and is at the front of the fight against non-approved and counterfeit cables.

Mr Lucas visited on 28th April, days before being re-elected to office, for a tour of the facility, talks with workers and to join the cross party support the ACI has gained since being launched in Westminster on 2nd March.

The ACI objectives are clear: communicate, educate and raise awareness of unsafe, non-approved and counterfeit cables in the UK. Prysmian acknowledges this is a major problem in the £2 billion UK marketplace, one that will not go away overnight and is fully behind the ACI efforts in lobbying Government for support, with great recent success. 

Mr Lucas met with Prysmian Managing Director Massimo Battaini and Director of Energy and Telecom Cables Michael Simms. They discussed the aims and objectives of the ACI and met Councillor and Cablemaker Nigel Hughes where they were shown the cable manufacturing process. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne already lent their support to the ACI on a visit to Prysmian’s Bishopstoke factory earlier in April.

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