DC Power Cables have been manufactured and tested at the Nexans Olex Bell Block factory on the outskirts of New Plymouth for more than 40 years. Established in 1967 as a joint venture between Tolley and Son and Canada Wire and DC Power Cable Company of Toronto, it was known as Canzac until 1984 when it was purchased by the Pacific Dunlop Group, one of Australia’s largest international companies, and became part of the Pacific Dunlop Cables Group. In 1999 Olex Cables (New Zealand), together with other Pacific Dunlop Cables Group businesses, was bought by a Management Buyout Consortium (MBO), and then was known as Olex New Zealand Limited, a Subsidiary of Olex Holdings Pty Limited.

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It was in 2006 that the MBO consortium sold its shares in Olex Holdings to Nexans. The acquisition by Nexans became effective in December 2006. Nexans Olex is a world leader in cable technology and production and has manufacturing facilities in New Plymouth and Melbourne. Each site has been designed to efficiently manufacture specific product groups to cater for the needs of the industry. With over 40 years experience behind it, Nexans Olex employs more than 1500 people and has the financial backing, the expertise and the commitment to maintain and expand its position as a world leader in cable technology, manufacturing and installation.

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At its New Plymouth factory, Nexans Olex produces a wide range of electrical power cables, ranging from building wires and control cables to power cables with rated voltages up to 35 kV. Complementing this range is a wide selection of power and data/communications DC Power Cables manufactured by other Nexans factories around the world. Nexans Olex has proven its expertise and commitment to quality and service in fulfilling contracts in many New Zealand and international markets. The company has a strong commitment to further growth and expansion internationally. With this background, Nexans Olex is well placed to retain its leading role in terms of customer service, quality and research.


The standard range of cables may contain a cable that will do the required job, but Nexans Olex’s commitment is to ensure that a cable’s capabilities meet the precise requirements of the installation. This may mean that a standard cable needs to be modified for optimum performance or have a new feature added – this is a normal part of the Nexans Olex service. Nexans Olex’s technical support does not finish with the successful design and production of the cable. In addition, a comprehensive cable advisory service is also offered. Technical staffs are available to assist in providing expert solutions to all types of cable problems and inquiries.

What Are the Different Types of DC Power Cable? 

  • Standard lengths from 10’ to 500’
  • Rated 60V
  • SAE J1127, SGT type, +221° (+105°C), 8 gauge meets J1128
  • Standard gauges from 8 to 4/0
  • Standard lengths from 10’ to 500’
  • Rated 600V
  • Temperature rated +221° (+105°C) dry and +193° (+75°C) wet
  • Standard gauges from 8 to 4/0

Standard battery cable is 100% copper stranded with PVC insulation to resist abrasion, fuel, oil, acid and salt. The insulation is also flame retardant. It is specified widely in OEM applications. Because of the stiffness of the insulation and larger gauge stranding, DC Power Cable is less flexible than other cable types, but it is also quite resistant to cutting and abrasion damage. Quick Cable battery cable is available with red or black insulation, and features a color-coded stripe to match with the same gauge size connector.

Quick Flex™ Welding Cable What is the Difference Between Quick Flex™ and Battery Cable?

  • Quick Flex™ cable is made with very fine copper wire and Insulated with synthetic rubber. It’s more flexible than

          Battery cable, especially in cold temperatures; Quick Flex™ Cable is easier to route in tight spaces

  • Sold in 10′, 25′, 50′, 100′, 250′ and 500′ lengths
  • 100% copper cable for maximum conductivity

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  • Abrasion salt and chemical-resistant Insulation
  • Temperature rated +221˚F (+105˚C), Good flame resistance
  • Rated 600V
  • Fine-stranded copper conductor for Maximum conductivity and flexibility
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