Copper Clad Steel solution, a copper-alternative grounding wire
known for its cost-efficiency and anti-theft characteristics, was named
and Cable Technology International Magazine’s list of Top Products
“We applaud the product development efforts of the winning companies,
such as CommScope, for offering products that improve the way that wire
and cable is made, processed and used,” said Mike McNulty, vice
president and editor, Wire & Cable Technology International.
GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel provides a safe, highly reliable
alternative to the use of solid and stranded copper for grounding
applications. GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel is specifically designed to
disperse fault currents and lightning strikes at a lower total cost of
ownership compared to pure copper.
GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel is an electrical conductor that has an
outer sleeve of copper metallurgically bonded to a solid steel core. As
an alternative to solid and stranded copper, it is increasingly in
demand by utilities and communications network operators.
“As copper theft continues to grow as a global problem and copper raw
material costs increase, the use of Copper Clad Steel alternatives have
gained acceptance in more applications,” said Doug Wells, vice
president, Outside Plant Solutions, Broadband, CommScope. “As a global
leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks, CommScope
has been manufacturing copper-alternative solutions for various
industries for nearly 30 years. We thank the staff of Wire and Cable
Technology for this honor.”
Copper theft has become such an issue that the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security issued a warning stating that copper
theft is a
threat to critical homeland infrastructure. In a 2009
survey published by the Electrical
Safety Foundation International, utilities in the United States
reported approximately $60 million in losses and 450,000 minutes of
outage time annually because of copper theft.
GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel and Copper Clad Aluminum benefit from a
specialized CommScope BiMetals® technology and manufacturing process.
The products are created by bonding different metals into a single
conductor, resulting in a low-cost lower risk alternative to using solid
copper. This unique solution is produced at the CommScope facility in
Statesville, NC, that is ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 registered.
The complete list of Top Products for 2011, which were chosen by the
magazine’s editorial staff, was published in the January-February
GroundSmart and CommScope BiMetals are registered trademarks of
has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication
networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and
technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end
solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build
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