Fabryka Przewodów Energetycznych S.A. (Power Cable Company) is an enterprise existing since the twenties of the 20th century. From December 22, 1998, it has been operating as a sole proprietorship of the state treasury. We manufacture power cables, among others for energy, railway and automotive industries on the domestic and foreign markets.
Our advantage is a specialized machine park, our own laboratory, over 90 years of knowledge
and experience as well as client orientation and the idea of continuous improvement.
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Fabryka Przewodów Energetycznych S.A. in Będzin is one of the oldest cable industry plants in Poland. Founded by two partners: Alexander Goldstaub and Herman Noblin, who in 1928 launched the first production of cable products. In January 1930, the company was registered in the District Court in Będzin as the Cable and Wire Factory in Będzin.
The beginnings were very modest, both in terms of assortment and quantity, however, already in 1934, the Factory was a leading producer of copper and brass profile bars and the only producer of commutator profiles for rotors of electrical machines in Poland.
The first production of power cables: aluminum and steel-aluminum started in Poland. About 100 km of cables produced by us were used to build the first transmission line for 150 kV Warsaw – Rożnów in Poland.
During this period, the Factory has grown into a medium-sized enterprise, both in terms of production, volume and employment.
On the first day of the war, 3 bombs fell on the Factory, causing damage to the production hall, which later forced the occupant to rebuild and modernize it. At the end of 1939, all Zagłębie Dąbrowskie and Śląsk were incorporated into the German province, and the Cable and Wire Factory was transferred to the trustees of the German board. In the last days of the occupation, the factory was started to evacuate to Oderberg, where from 1944, using forced laborers from Będzin, a new cable plant was built. Thanks to the slack dismantling of the machines by the crew, hiding parts of machines and raw materials, the evacuation was delayed, which made it impossible to take all of the factory’s assets to Oderberg.
In January 1945, after the withdrawal of the German army, the government’s plenipotentiary, Eng. Warth, in agreement with the Factory Committee, approved the Temporary Management of the Cable and Wire Factory in Będzin under the State Board.
From 1950, the introduction of production specialization began in the Polish cable industry, as a result of which the production of insulated conductors was liquidated in Będzin, and the production of bare wires was extended.
The years 1961-1970 bring further product development. In 1961, serial production of steel-aluminum wires with cross-sections of 402 mm2 and 525 mm2 was launched.
In 1962, the production of full-rolled sector cores for high-current cables with cross sections of 16-120 mm2 and angles of 90 ° and 120 ° was begun and a prototype batch of aluminum profile wires was made.
For the years 1963-67, the largest development of the production of copper profiles and copper profiles with the addition of silver, intended for the winding of high-power electric motors. The production of bare-type AFL-3 overhead conductors with a cross-section of 16 mm2 for the electrification of villages and agriculture has begun.
In the years 1971-1978, the Factory noted further significant progress in the production of new and modern cable products. An example of a long-term planning of the Factory’s development are power cables made of aluminum alloys, which have much higher durability and can replace steel-aluminum conductors. The first, successful attempts to produce the AlFeMg alloy wire were made in 1975, in cooperation with the Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals of the Light Metals Branch in Skawina. A 20-kilometer-long wire has been hung on a pilot line in northern Poland (this line is still in use today).
During the seventies we also noted a dynamic development of export production. Overhead power lines made at the Factory hang on many transmission lines in China, Libya, Iran and Iraq as well as in the Middle and Far East.
In those years, works from the late 1970s were continued on the implementation of cables made of aluminum alloys for production. The production of the AAL-270 mm2 type cable from the Almelec TR-23 aluminum alloy, which was hung on the line near Kędzierzyn, was a great success.
At the same time, work was carried out to expand the range of commutator profiles production, both in terms of size, shape and the type of copper used.
In 1993, the production of profile and round profile copper wires was started up to a cross-section of 150 mm2 made of M1E copper and copper with an admixture of silver.
In 1994, the factory established cooperation with Alcoa Fujicura Ltd. in the field of production of lightning cables with a built-in fiber optic core type OPGW.
From 1999, FPE S.A. it already operates as a State Treasury company. After 2000, the development of the factory, in line with market demand, goes towards the production of insulated ducts. In 2003, the production of self-supporting wires isolated for rated voltages of 0.6 / 1kV of the AsXSn and AsXS types was commissioned, for domestic and foreign markets.
The years 2005-2006 are marked by new products – overhead insulated cables, according to the Finnish standard, type AMKA, and single-core cables coated with an insulating layer.
In 2009-2015, the Company developed significantly, both in the field of copper processing (copper wires and profiles) and overhead cable production. In 2009, a new line for insulating Cu and Al flat wires was launched. It was a response to the growing market demand in this segment. In 2010, a new line for insulating Cu and Al wires was launched in the newly built production hall, which significantly increased the production capacity of this type of products.
In the same year, new copper extrusion equipment was purchased and commissioned, which significantly shortened the production cycle of copper wires and profiles and gave the opportunity to execute customer orders faster. As part of these investments, a high-bay warehouse was also built for ready-made products.
In the range of overhead conductors, low-density HTLS (High Temperature Low Sag) GTACSR (Gap-type Thermal Resistant Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced – 2010) and ACSS (Aluminum Conductor Steel Supported) cables were implemented as an alternative to classic overhead wires. The production of insulated steel and aluminum cables type AFL (2011) and copper CuMg 0.4 – Bz II copper cables used in railway applications have begun. The production of lightning protection wires for construction (2013), made of aluminum and aluminum alloy, was also undertaken.
Due to the introduction of a new low-loss ACSR / TW cable standard by Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne, a 408-AL1F / 34-UHST cable was manufactured and tested as a replacement for the AFL-8-350 mm2 conductor (2014). Currently, the AAAC-V – 480 mm2 cable is made of round profile wires, made of aluminum alloy, which is also the subject of the application as a utility model.