Moscow, October 9. Due to unjustified negative publications on properties of aluminium alloy wiring that have appeared in certain mass media, the Aluminium Association deems necessary to state the following:
Using wiring of innovative aluminium alloys is a long-established practice of global construction leaders. According to statistics, aluminium wire accounts for up to 50% in the consumption structure of cable and conductor products in housing depending on specific country. Moreover, the higher the economic development level and quality of life in a country, the higher the share of aluminium alloy wiring. The key advantages of its usage are lower weight and costs of cable products, along with fire safety, high quality, flexibility, and durability.
It is obvious that the mass media writing negative publications about the return of wiring intentionally do not mention that aluminium alloy cables are absolutely not the products applied in the Soviet times and are a new advanced material that is fully safe for the application in construction, and this fact is confirmed by relevant certificates of quality conformity and fire safety. From 2014 to 2016, all relevant tests and pilot experimental studies with respect to safety of cables with aluminium alloy cores 8030 and 8176 and their switch with low-voltage equipment, electric installations and illumination equipment were carried out in the course of research & development and engineering work by leading specialised institutions in the field of cable industry, OJSC VNIIKP, in the field of fire safety, VNIIPO of the Russian Emercom, and in the field of designing, production, installation and setup of electric installations for construction facilities of all types, Roselectromontazh Association. The certificates of fire safety for the cable products were obtained to the fullest extent. Therefore, it is incorrect and unprofessional to make an analogy between the new wiring of aluminium alloys and the aluminium wiring from the Soviet times.
These publications have a nature of planned information campaign. Critical comments by speakers that nobody knows voiced in the publications (the same in all mass media) relating to the quality, safety, and efficiency of aluminium alloy wiring are misleading and based on the opinions of these speakers only who have no experience of work in the aluminium industry, are not familiar with results of researches carried out by authorised specialised agencies, and wide global practice of applying aluminium alloy wiring. That is why they cannot be competent experts in the above-mentioned matters.
Back in late 2015, 8176 and 8030 alloys applied in the new wiring were successfully qualified by export buyers. Russian equivalents for these alloys (containing copper, iron and other metals) were developed based on analysis of the many-year international experience in the production of cable and wires for electric wiring of buildings and structures. Modifying the crystal lattice and adding iron ensures an increased flexibility and reliable contact connection with terminal devices.
Since the time of its establishment, the Aluminium Association has been taking extensive efforts to update the domestic regulatory framework and implement in Russia the technologies and practices applied abroad for decades. The same applies to regulating the usage of wires with electric conductors of 8 series aluminium alloys that are both safe and have all qualitative parameters compared to traditional materials.
The Aluminium Association is ready to give all required comments on any matters relating to the application of aluminium alloy wiring.