Copper Rod Metallurgy
NEXANS Canada Inc. has been producing copper rod at its Montreal East facility for over 60 years. Since its start as a hot bar mill in 1931, and its modernization as a continuous cast mill in 1982, the Montreal East facility has supplied over 4.0 million tonnes of copper rod to its customers.
In 1981, a Hazelett-Krupp continuous casting and rolling mill was built to replace the ageing hot bar mill. This new technology assured NEXANS Canada Inc. a position in the world market as a supplier of high quality copper rod.
The continuous cast rod mill operates at a rate of 52 tonnes/hour, and produces over 200,000 tonnes per year of copper rod. Since its start-up in 1982, the mill has been continuously upgraded to improve the reliability of the process, increase the skills of its personnel, and meet the increasingly demanding quality requirements of its customers.
NEXANS Canada Inc. supplies wire and cable manufacturers in Canada, and exports to the United States and around the world.
The rod mill’s customers use the rod in the most demanding applications. Nexans rod has demonstrated its performance in magnet wire, in-line tandem telephone, and multi-wire processes.
NEXANS Canada Inc. is located next to the Xstrata CCR refinery, which assures a reliable and high quality supply of copper cathode. Only high grade copper is fed to the process. NEXANS rod exceeds the requirements of ASTM B49 for high grade copper rod. NEXANS operates within a total quality environment which stresses continuous improvement of its process and its personnel. NEXANS rod mill quality management system is certified to ISO-9001-2000.
Typical Copper Chemistry
Spiral Elongation Number: >450mm
The mill produces 8 mm (5/16”), 10 mm (.390”) and 12.5mm (1/2”) rod. Coils are packaged on wooden pallets, and are available in several formats: 2.8t (6,200 lbs), 3.3t (7,300 lbs), 3.7t (8150 lbs) and 4.5t (10,000 lbs). Many of our customers appreciate using the largest coil size on high speed dual rod breakdown machines.
NEXANS Canada’s personnel are available to answer your inquiries.