Ellis has seen its Alpha trefoil cable cleats specified and installed by Edelnor in a new transmission substation in Lima, Peru, that has been constructed to pave the way for line two of the city’s metropolitan railway system.
Lima Metro, which was dogged for many years by controversy, political wrangling and financial problems, opened for revenue service in 2011 – close to 40 years after initial feasibility studies were carried out into the potential for the service. Its success since then has seen the original line extended, work commence on line two and plans put in places for a further four new lines – developments that make it one of the biggest current infrastructure projects in Latin America.
Tony Conroy, Ellis’ global sales director, comments: “Our export operation is organised in such a way that we have people on the ground in all our key target markets. This means when it comes to major projects like Lima Metro, we are able to get in at the very beginning – and believe me, the Edelnor substation was the earliest possible opportunity to demonstrate our credentials.”
Ellis’ Alpha cable cleats are manufactured in extruded aluminium (6000 series) to BS EN755 – making them far more robust than cast aluminium cleats. They are also easy to fit, thanks to an easy one bolt fixing mechanism and zinc plated steel closing fasteners, and are available with two base options; aluminium or polymer; the latter available for use in installations where galvanic corrosion could be an issue.
“Our Alpha cleats have won us a great deal of business since we first introduced them,” continues Tony. “And it was a combination of their technical superiority to other similar cleats, our delivery times and the fact the Ellis name is known and trusted around the world, that led to us securing what we hope will prove to be a very important specification.”
Ellis’ export operation stretches across the world, and comprises an ever growing network of local distributors, which currently covers 34 countries. In Latin America Ellis also has a region specific business development manager, Gabriela Castro-Fontoura, who works out of Uruguay and manages the work of the distributors in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cost Rica, Panama and Peru.
“Latin America requires the building of personal relationships like nowhere else in the world and we simply couldn’t do it properly without a dedicated presence in the region,” adds Tony. “Gabriela has delivered that and the success we’ve achieved to date goes to show how important a role she’s played.”