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2019 Fluoropolymer Outlook

Coming out of a turbulent 2018 marked by strong demand coupled with limitations in both compound availability & manufacturer production capacity, the current forecast for 2019 indicates a sluggish recovery that won’t begin to materialize until Q2. Due to growth of fluoropolymer use in both the automotive and food & beverage industry, compound manufacturers continue to reallocate resources resulting in additional strain as market focus continues to evolve. The fluoropolymer market is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 6% by 2022.

Current data suggests PTFE compound availability will improve in Q2 with ETFE following later in the year. Fluorpolymer wire & cable manufacturers struggling with significant backlogs are likely to take a measured approach to recovery once compound availability improves to avoid a sudden and significant drop in demand. If the current projections for strong demand in 2019 are accurate, this cautious approach could cause additional delays that may further slow recovery well into Q3. Additional price increases on fluoropolymer products are also expected to impact the market in the coming months.

As we enter the 4th straight year of defense budget increases, the current administration projects spending to continue at this high level into the future. As a result, the military services and defense industry are making their plans on the basis of this high funding level. 2019 will likely see a continuation of the strong demand from FY18, putting additional pressure on both manufacturing and distribution to work diligently toward reducing material flow inhibitors.

As your go-to supplier for Mil-Aero wire & cable, Whitmor/Wirenetics is committed to work closely with our supply chain to ensure our partners are well positioned. We continue to employ strategies to reduce lead times and mitigate price increases in addition to providing excellent customer service. For more information on how we can help you reach your goals for 2019, give us a call today.


Extended Fluoropolymer Lead Times

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

With factory lead times on fluoropolymer products averaging in excess of 20 weeks, the industry is bracing for severe shortages at a time of record growth.  The combination of unrelenting demand, material availability barriers and limited manufacturer capacity has created the perfect storm for extreme shortages through the rest of 2018 and beyond.

What can you do?

With every passing second, options to mitigate the impending crisis are dwindling.  Companies who fail to act now will face certain production difficulties as inventory diminishes.  With replenishment times reaching up to 6 months for the majority of fluoropolymer products, there is no question that wire & cable shortages will be a pressing concern for Military and Aerospace houses in the coming months.  Those who act now by securing additional material based on MRP forecasts will undoubtedly have the advantage over their competitors.

Call us Now!

One phone call to Whitmor/Wirenetics can provide the solution you need.  Let our team of specialists guide your procurement professionals with the expertise, advice and planning capability that comes from over 50 years of experience in the fluoropolymer wire & cable industry.  Protecting your longevity as our customer is our highest priority, because success is more than just what happens today.

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Don’t Let Lead Time Hurt Your Performance

Make Whitmor/Wirenetics your go-to source for M27500 Cables

With current factory lead times on fluoropolymer cables reaching concerning levels, delivery performance is at risk more than ever. During these critical times, your customers count on you to protect them from line-down and stock-out situations.

Whitmor/Wirenetics is QPL approved to manufacture over 50,000 different constructions of M27500 cable in accordance with NEMA WC27500-2015.

Our standard lead times for M27500 cables are currently less than half of most fluoropolymer cable manufacturers.  In today’s metric-driven market, when it comes to On-Time Delivery, you simply cannot afford to disappoint your customers.  The long-term consequences of late deliveries can be substantial with the vast majority of programs choosing suppliers based on performance.

In addition to our reduced standard lead times, our forgiving 100 ft minimum on custom cables allows you to get what you need without the excess inventory & spend that comes with typical factory minimums.

And with our ultra-fast Premium Expedite™ option, time is always on your side.

Contact your account representative today for faster options on your M27500 and other fluoropolymer cable needs.


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Are you protecting your business?

Material shortages can have a significant negative impact to business performance across the board. Key constraints ranging from reduced raw material availability to sudden & dramatic increases in demand can rapidly create an extremely turbulent business environment. These constraints most often result in steep price increases within in a short period of time, reducing profitability which further limits the financial resources needed to properly address the issue. Companies unable to insulate themselves against the threat of scarcity will face significant challenges with their financial performance, growth and long term competitive advantage.

Recent price increases implemented by multiple manufacturers have done little to reduce demand, particularly within the military and aerospace sector. In addition, other market segments with growing demand that afford higher profitability are enticing manufacturers to redirect resources, further reducing capacity for the manufacture of Mil-Aero products. Additional price increases have been announced and will take effect within the next 30 to 60 days. Material constraint concerns continue to be discussed at the commodity level, and with the current unrelenting demand, the probability of shortages is rapidly increasing.

Whitmor/Wirenetics offers several options for preventative measures that can protect your business from the dangers of supply chain disruption. Our dedicated account specialists are trained to work closely with your procurement professionals to implement a customized solution that protects your longevity in the market place. Let Whitmor/Wirenetics help you remain a viable solution to your customer’s needs. Because when you can’t deliver to your customers, you become the disruption.

Contact us today: 1-800-822-WIRE



Over the past few weeks, we have received notification of price increases from several manufacturers across the industry, citing reasons ranging from higher raw material and labor costs to increases in the cost of utilities and environmental compliance. We have also received notification of price increases from our own raw material suppliers affecting the products we manufacture in-house. In today’s price driven market, the impact these increases can have on your bottom line cannot be overstated.

Our Commitment to our Customers

Whitmor/Wirenetics remains sensitive to our customers’ needs with regard to competitive pricing. Our dedicated commodity specialists closely monitor relevant markets to skillfully manage inventory & raw material procurement. Due to the effectiveness of our proactive cost mitigation strategies, we are able to absorb these rising costs and will not be implementing a price increase for our  contract customers at this time.

In addition, we continue to provide the most value for your dollar with best-in-class service for all of our customers across the globe. Since 1959 we have honored our commitment to maintain strong, healthy partnerships with our customers – a tradition that continues to be at the heart of our core values today.

Contact us for more information on our robust risk management options, such as our custom-tailored Vendor Managed Inventory programs or fixed-price Long Term Agreements.

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Potential PTFE Shortage?

The Time For Action is Now

With rumors of a potential PTFE shortage circulating and the possible impact to pricing and availability, it is critical to establish additional safeguards within your supply chain. With the introduction of risk-based thinking in Aerospace standard AS9100 Rev D, it is more important than ever to take a proactive approach in minimizing material flow inhibitors.

We’ve Got You Covered

Stocking millions of dollars in PTFE inventory, Whitmor/Wirenetics has the resources to help you implement an immediate risk management strategy with little to no impact to your bottom line. Whether you’re looking for a custom VMI program with inventory maintained at our facility, or simply want to place blanket orders to secure material for future release, we have the programs and expertise to give you peace of mind without creating excess inventory costs. We also offer highly competitive corporate contract options for long-term stability as well as program specific solutions with fixed-price guarantees.

It may be impossible to predict the future – but we can give you the tools to ensure your success.

Contact us today for more information: 1-800-822-WIRE
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Your #1 Source For PTFE Wire & Cable

With our robust inventory of PTFE hook up wire & cable, Whitmor/Wirenetics is the go-to source for your Mil-Spec and Aerospace requirements. From M16878/NEMA HP-3 & M22759 hook up wire to M27500 cables, you can find all of the PTFE products you need with the excellent customer service you’ve come to expect.  We also offer value-added services such as surface etching, striping, laser marking and cut & strip for your specific program needs.

In addition to our off-the-shelf products, we have the unique ability to manufacture custom PTFE solutions for your complex cable requirements without imposing the excessive factory minimums you get from other suppliers. We offer runs as small as 100 ft, and with our Premium Expedite option, you can get what you need without the wait.

Looking for engineering help or a custom design for your application? Our engineers are standing by to tackle the tough issues so you can focus on what matters to you – providing top quality products to your customers that will perform beyond their expectations.

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Did you know?

PTFE, also known by the DuPont trade name Teflon™, was accidentally discovered in 1938 by a scientist named Roy Plunkett in an attempt to create a new form of Freon refrigerant by reacting hydrochloric acid with a little known compound called tetrafluoroethylene (TFE). Plunkett discovered that instead of producing the desired gas, the TFE had polymerized into a white, flaky powder. Initially, the value of this substance wasn’t clear to Plunkett, however it came to use in World War II during the development of the Atomic Bomb. Making the bomb required scientists to handle large amounts of the caustic and toxic substance uranium hexafluoride, and PTFE-coated gaskets and liners were able to resist it’s extreme corrosive action. PTFE is inert to virtually all chemicals, and is considered one of the most slippery materials in existence. These properties have made it one of the most valuable and versatile technologies ever invented, contributing to significant advancements in areas such as aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial processes and architecture.

Today, the majority of PTFE (roughly 50% of all production) is used for aerospace and other high-performance electrical wiring applications. The superior dielectric properties of PTFE makes it an ideal insulator for wire & cable used in connector assemblies as well as printed circuit boards operating at microwave frequencies.