General Cable, a leading wire and cable innovator for over 170 years, serves customers through a network of 38 manufacturing facilities in our core operating regions and has sales representation and distribution worldwide. The Company is dedicated to the production of high-quality aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable and systems solutions for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications sectors. In addition to our strong brand recognition and strengths in technology and manufacturing, General Cable is also competitive in such areas as distribution and logistics, marketing, sales and customer service. This combination enables General Cable to better serve its customers as they expand into new geographic markets.
In every sector and in nearly every geography, our company is strongly positioned to help our customers achieve their objectives. Today, we are truly One Company Connecting the World.
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General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable companies in North America, with a 170-year history of industry leadership. We serve customers in every major market channel, including energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications. We have grown in North America through acquisitions, most recently with Alcan Cable, which significantly expanded our aluminum-based manufacturing and product offerings.; and Prestolite Wire, which effectively doubled our transportation wire and assemblies business.
Latin America is a dynamic mix of established and emerging markets, with each representing its own unique opportunities for growth. We are a leader in this market with a presence in nearly every country.
Our acquisition of Colombia-based Procables enhanced our presence in the Andean region, where ongoing investments in housing and electrical infrastructure as well as natural resource extraction are driving growth in demand for wire and cable. In Brazil, we further globalized our ignition harness business with the acquisition of automotive cable leader, Délphia, creating General Cable Automotiva Brasil. We have also strengthened our presence in Brazil by expanding manufacturing capabilities, better positioning us to capture opportunities in specialty, industrial and communications cables.
Europe & Africa Region
In Europe, we have one of the richest product offerings in the industry, a history of innovation, and enjoy long-standing relationships with customers in our end markets. We are well positioned to grow sales and market share across our entire portfolio of products, including energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications. We are encouraged by the progress and enhanced capabilities of our turnkey systems businesses, which include submarine energy and underground extra-high-voltage-power.
Asia Pacific Region
In September 2014, General Cable announced its plans to simplify its global portfolio and reduce operational complexity by exiting its Asia Pacific and Africa manufacturing operations. This decision enables us to focus on our core strategic operations in North America, Latin America and Europe. General Cable will continue to serve its global customers as it always has, with sales representation and distribution worldwide as it proceeds with its divesture plan for these non-core manufacturing assets.