General Cable Polyrad® Ultra Transit Product Line ... Space-Savings Cable Design

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY, September 26, 2005 – With decades of experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing specialty cables, General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) has expanded its line of Polyrad XT rapid transit and locomotive wire and cable with Polyrad Ultra. This offering provides better performance, reduced weight, smaller diameter, and single and multi conductor cable constructions. Polyrad Ultra cables are ideal for serving the on-car transit markets’ increasing technology demand for high-density cabling and connectivity.

“This standard product offering combines the superior properties and performance of our 125°C product, while including the highly engineered insulation system and cable construction known for over 30 years in the industry as Polyrad XT. Even with a dual wall of cross-linked fluoropolymer offering maximum flame-retardancy, these constructions still exhibit up to 33% smaller diameter and overall lighter weight construction compared to its conventional counterpart,” states Gary Caporizzo, General Cable’s Market Manager and Director of Sales, Transit Industry.

As developments and opportunities in transit technology drive the adoption of more sophisticated train networks, General Cable continues to partner with the industry to provide state-of-the-art cabling solutions that perform effectively in challenging and hazardous environments. Polyrad Ultra is for use in all types of heavy- and light-rail cars, rapid transit cars, and diesel-electric locomotives. These cables meet stringent requirements for toxicity when tested in accordance with Boeing BSS 7239 and Bombardier SMP 800-C specifications. Smoke requirements of 49CFR Part 238 Appendix B have also been met when tested in accordance with ASTM E662.

General Cable’s Brand Rex Brand Polyrad XT locomotive and rapid transit products are widely used in demanding environments throughout the U.S. and the world. Superior heat, flexibility and abrasion resistance, combined with reduced size, simplifies the installation of Polyrad XT cables and permits higher ampacities. General Cable’s strength lies in our dedicated leadership in the research integration, design, engineering and manufacturing of rapid transit and locomotive cabling solutions.

General Cable, headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. Visit our website at

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