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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.


Buying from a Distributor vs Manufacturer – Which is better?

What’s the difference?

A distributor’s main focus is the selling of finished goods, rather than their production. This allows the distributor to focus on the customer – providing better service, quicker delivery, and competitive pricing. A distributor understands your need to get product quickly, at the best possible price allowing your business to grow. Another key benefit is that distributors offer lower minimums on standard items, so that you can get your customer what they need without excessive costs. Add the fact that distributors have access to multiple manufacturer’s products, and it sounds like you’ve got a great supplier.

But what about custom or unique products?

This is where a manufacturer becomes priority. Many distributors cannot offer a better option when it comes to custom items. They are often forced to pass along the factory minimums the manufacturer imposes – forcing exorbitant costs on to the customer. Often these minimums can be up to 10 times the amount the customer needs for the job, substantially reducing profitability. In addition, most manufacturers require purchases to go through their distribution channel, preventing the customer from mitigating these costs through direct buys.

This is why Whitmor/Wirenetics is the best choice!

When our custom cable division merged with Wirenetics in 1986, the winning combination of both manufacturer and distributor was born.  Whitmor/Wirenetics understands the need for excellent customer service, off-the-shelf availability, great pricing and easy access to custom products with reasonable minimums.  Our industry-leading 100 ft minimum on custom cables is proof of our commitment to our customers – and the years of loyalty and continued business from our customers is proof that it matters.



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


WHITMOR/WIRENETICS Receives ISO 9001:2015 & AS9100 REV. D Certification

In the spirit of our dedication to continual satisfaction of our customer’s requirements for quality, Whitmor/Wirenetics is proud to announce our ceritification to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 D by Bureau Veritas. The AS9100 and ISO standards provide a platform that recognizes our unending determination to exceed the expectations of our customers and industry partners.

Providing the highest Quality products and services is an integral part of our founding principles. Since 1959 Whitmor/Wirenetics has demonstrated our commitment to be the Leader in High Quality Wire & Cable for our partners across the globe.

2018 Copper Outlook & Forecast

Current data suggests we may be entering an uncertain time in the wire & cable industry with regard to material availability. In addition to recent reports of possible shortages/allocations of PTFE, there has been growing evidence of copper conductor availability issues. We have seen an increase in suppliers struggling to meet promised delivery dates on current orders and quoting significantly longer than typical lead times on new material.

Recent reports by industry experts have also highlighted potential wage negotiation difficulties at various copper mines, including the world’s largest operation in Escondida Chile, as a high number of contracts are scheduled to come to an end this year. Coupled with increasing production costs due to lower copper content in ores and tighter environmental regulations, the industry is facing a high potential for continued supply disruption throughout 2018. Current consensus estimates are citing a supply/demand deficit of 45,500 tonnes.

Whitmor/Wirenetics is working diligently to minimize disruptions for our customers. We understand the importance of uninterrupted material flow and are taking steps to reduce the impact of any possible shortages. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation to provide valuable information for our customers so that we can lead the industry together as we move forward in 2018.

Please feel free to contact your Account Manager with any questions or for assistance in taking additional preventative measures.




Whitmor/Wirenetics Receives Retention of Qualification under WC27500-2015

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

The NEMA WC27500 specification describes both shielded and unshielded cable constructions for avionics, aerospace and airframe applications. With our vast array of military QPL approvals retained under WC27500-2015, our flexibility allows us to offer a wide range of choices for our customers, surpassing nearly all cable suppliers in the industry with this QPL.

In addition to our unmatched in-house ability to produce the optimal design for nearly any application, 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 unique Premium Expedite™ option, time is always on your side.

Our customers remain our #1 priority, and Whitmor/Wirenetics will continue to strive for the excellence our customers have come to expect.  Contact us today for more information on our capabilities or to get a quote: 1-800-822-WIRE



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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With the largest stocking inventory of heatshrink boots in the United States, Whitmor/Wirenetics provides over 50,000 possible combinations to give you the exact fit, form and function your project needs. With temperature ratings from -75° C to +200° C, we have options suitable for every industry including mil-aero, commercial, automotive and more.

Not sure what shape or material type is right for your application? Our experienced product engineers are standing by to assist you every step of the way. Whether you’re looking for strain relief, cosmetic coverings for cable division spots, environmental sealing, encapsulating or mechanical support, we have the solution you’re looking for.

Materials and Wire Boot Varieties

Working with boot materials such as polyolefin, fluid-resistant elastomers, fluorocarbon blends, low-smoke fire hazard elastomers, and viton-polyester blends, Whitmor/Wirenetics offers a variety of wire boot types, including:

  • High and low profiled, straight bottle shaped transitions
  • High and low profiled, right-angled style transitions
  • T-shaped and angled t-shaped transitions
  • Y-shaped transitions
  • 2, 3,  and 4-legged fan-tailed transitions
  • 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6-legged in-line transitions
  • End Caps
  • Custom shapes, modifications, sizes, and colors

Value Added Services for Heat Shrink Boots

Regardless of the application, Whitmor/Wirenetics offers value added services such as adhesive lining, potting ports, drain holes, custom labeling, and bar-coding.  With 10 different material types and 8 adhesive options, we can help you create a custom design that will give you the solution you need.

You can browse our extensive catalog of heatshrink shapes here or contact one of our specialists today to find out more:  1-800-822-WIRE 

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Whitmor/Wirenetics has been a proud partner and Master Distributor for Sumitomo Electric for over 25 years.

We’re pleased to offer our customers the SumiMark® IV Thermal Transfer Marking System – which sets the industry standard as the most cost effective, versatile, easy-to-use and reliable marking system available. The SumiMark® IV is designed to create high quality marks on SumiMark® continuous and Sumitag™ formatted heat shrinkable tubing, plus a variety of other specialty products.

System Capabilities

•Prints on a wide variety of SumiMark® continuous spools and Sumitag™ formatted products ranging in diameters from 1/16” to 2” with expansion ratios of 2:1, 3:1 and 4:1 and a variety of colors
•Produces full or scored cut lengths ranging from 0.25” to 4” – in increments of 0.01”
•Prints high quality marks on round or flattened SumiMark® and Sumitag™ Heat Shrinkable Products, plus Cable Labels and Panel Labels
•Prints free-form serialized, graphics, logos, and barcodes
•300 dpi print head produces superior quality marks
•All marks meet the highest quality standards per SAE-AS5942 for print adherence

SumiMark® Heat Shrinkable Tubing Products

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc. offers a comprehensive selection of SumiMark® continuous heat shrinkable tubing products which are perfect for applications whereby flexibility and cost savings are needed.

Tubing is supplied on continuous spools and is cut by the SUMIMARK® Marking System, allowing you to create the exact length of marker you want without waste. There is minimal longitudinal change after shrinking, so your marks will not become distorted when installed.

Our highly trained specialists are standing by to walk you through the available product choices & help you find the solution that fits your needs.

Contact Whitmor/Wirenetics for more information: 1-800-822-WIRE