Traditionally Copper is often used in cables and wires because of its excellent conductivity and malleability. But it is relatively heavy and quite expensive compared to Aluminium. Switching to Aluminium, which is lighter and significantly less costly than copper, is a viable option in many applications.
As a raw material, Aluminium is approximately 70 percent lighter in weight than copper. This can be helpful in numerous application fields looking to reduce the weight of all components. Accordingly, when used in electrical cables, the lower weight makes them easier to install. Due to much lower cost of the cable, it is being considered as replacement of flexible copper. Due its light weight, even industries such as automotive and the aeronautical industry are switching to Aluminium wires.
For over 40 years, Electra Cables has been manufacturing cables that are called for under AS/NZS Standards and are rigorously independently tested for ultimate performance. Electra’s Power Cables are Greenstar Certified, with Greenstar Certification being Australia’s only rating system for environmental practices within the building and construction sector.
Electra Cables is one of the largest, if not the largest, stockist of cable in Australasia.