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Early years of cable manufacturing

As for the raw materials, copper wire mainly came from Outokumpu in Pori, whilst the very thin wires were purchased from Suomen Kaapelitehdas (Finnish Cable Factory). The plastic granules used in the insulation and sheath were bought from England.

Cable sales at that time were managed by a Helsinki-based agency with customers in fields such as installation and power plants. In 1962, recently acquired new machinery made it possible to manufacture underground cables as well as installation cables with larger and larger electrical conductivity. The new production lines made the premises a little cramped.

As the new cable factory building in Sahanmäki was commissioned in 1965, the company could move to new premises that did not have to be shared. In the same year, a separate company, RE-KA Ltd, was established as an independent subsidiary of Rentto Oy. In 1989, it became the parent company of the Group.  

In 1966, REKA joined the Finnish Electrical Wholesalers Federation. As it was now possible to use wholesalers to manage sales, the move took sales down a completely new path. In 1970, the company’s name was changed to Kaapelitehdas REKA Oy (Cable Factory REKA Ltd).