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Good turnout for Monterrey international technical conference

The Wire Association International (WAI) completed another educational programme and Suppliers Market in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, November 13-15, marking the fourth staging of the event in Monterrey.

Commenting on the occasion, 2009 WAI past president Antonio Ayala said, The conference had first-class presentations that were informative for all personnel levels. The tabletop exhibits in the Suppliers Market were of high quality and staffed with technical people. All enjoyed the meal and music at the welcome dinner, and the visit to the Viakable plant was both well planned and well received. Overall the conference was a success.

Seven presentations were held throughout the first day, beginning with a panel discussion among wire and cable executives about the challenges and opportunities that will define the industry over the coming years. Panellists included Felipe Martinez, CEO, Kobrex, SA de CV; Andres Guerra Siller, commercial director of mesh and wire, DeAcero SAPI de CV; and Wesley Rios, commercial director of Viakon México, Viakable. The session was moderated by Kurt Breischaft &mdash 2023's WAI president and president of SDI LaFarga Copperworks.

Nine presentations were given on the second day. Both days featured activity in the adjacent Suppliers Market, where representatives from 34 exhibiting companies met with attendees.

On the third day, visitors toured both the Viakable plant, to see the company's continuous casting operations, and its technical centre.