General Cable Corporation Acquires Specialty Electronics and Datacom Assets from Draka Comteq

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, March 14, 2005 - General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) announced today the closing of its acquisition of certain assets of Draka Comteq’s business in North America, which was previously announced on November 30, 2004.  Comteq, based in Franklin, Massachusetts, has strong technical and manufacturing capabilities in electronic cables, as well as high end data products.  The assets acquired also include the well known brand “Helix/Hi-Temp.” General Cable intends to continue operations at the Franklin location.

 “We are excited about the product and customer opportunities that will be available to us with the expanded product lines of our combined businesses. The Franklin facility will greatly expand our product offering of specialty electronics and data communications cables.  It will also allow us to add new customers for data cables and provide us needed capacity for growth opportunities in the communications market,” said Greg Lampert, General Cable’s Vice President and General Manager, Carol Brand Products. “We are also excited about the ‘Helix/Hi-Temp’ brand name, which has a rich history that dates back to the mid-1950s. We look forward to working closely with our new associates at the Franklin facility.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), 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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