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CET ("Comité Européen de la Tréfilerie")

CET ("Comité Européen de la Tréfilerie") is the organisation representing the wire-drawing industry in the EUROPEAN UNION. It is a union of national associations founded in 1970 . The European wire-drawing industry is situated directly downstream from the steel industry and produces more than 5 million tonnes of drawn steel wire per year . If we include the various wire products, production of the sector reaches 9 million tonnes .The wire drawing sector in Europe has nearly 500 active companies , with about 50,000 employees.


The wire-drawing process can be described as follows

The raw material (wire rod) is drawn through a tool called a die, which has a smaller diameter than the wire itself, and is then wound on a block. Wire-drawing machines can consist of one die (=one pass) and block or several dies and blocks. In the latter case, successive dies have decreasing diameters sections so that the wire is drawn thinner and thinner. The drawn wire, after being cut, woven, worked, coated and treated, can then be used to produce various wire-products.

Wire products are traditionally divided into two major categories, namely:

  • Drawn wire for direct use
  • Products manufactured from wire (Wire Products),
such as heavy welded mesh (for reinforcing concrete),
netting and fencing, barbed wire, strands and ropes, metal cloth, nails, steel cord.

Wire may also be classified by the type of steel used (low carbon, high carbon, alloy, stainless) and the type of coating (uncoated, galvanised, plastic-coated, other·). Wire as well as wire products are destined for a wide variety of users, the most important of which are the building, automotive and mechanical industries and the agricultural sector.


Secretariat and contact address CET:

UK Steel, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NQ
Tel: 00 44 7654 1550 •
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