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A campaign in Dubai to reduce the risk of fires in the home has been commended as a success by safety experts in the Middle East and the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI). Power Over Fire was launched by Government owned cable manufacturer, Ducab, and the country’s Civil Defence and aims to educate the public in the dangers of low quality electrical wiring. The high cost of copper means that some distributors are importing cables made from aluminium and steel - known as CCA (Copper Clad Aluminium) and CCS (Copper Clad Steel) cables. As the price of copper has increased the use of other materials such as aluminium and steel in electrical cables has become popular. Aluminium is about a third of the cost of copper and steel is just 10 percent of the cost enabling significant cost savings by using them.
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The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is an industry-wide working group with supply chain representative bodies that has been established to address the issue of unsafe, non-approved and counterfeit cable entering the UK marketplace.
The first initiative of its kind in the electrical industry the ACI is direct in its approach to investigate and publicise the findings of cables found to be faulty, counterfeit or non-compliant with British, European or International Standards.