Shielded Cable increases signal isolation.

Press Release Summary:

GUARDmark-6 Foil Twisted Pair (FTP) design increases signal isolation, preventing contaminant noise from entering cabling systems and disrupting network performance. Product has ETL verification to ANSI TIA-EIA 568-B.2-1 Category 6 standard and includes Premium Category 5e and standard Category 5e cables, all verified by ITS ETL SEMKO.

Original Press Release:

Berk-Tek Introduces GUARDmark(TM) Shielded Cable Solutions

New Holland, PA - June 17, 2003 - Berk-Tek, a Nexans company, introduces GUARDmark(TM), a new high performance shielded cable series ideal for applications demanding the most advanced cable performance.

GUARDmark state-of-the-art Foil Twisted Pair (FTP) designs increase signal isolation which prevents contaminant noise from entering the cabling systems and disrupting network performance.

GUARDmark-6 is the first cable of its kind to receive ETL verification to the ANSI TIA-EIA 568-B.2-1 Category 6 standard. Berk-Tek's GUARDmark series also includes Premium Category 5e and standard Category 5e cables, all verified by ITS ETL SEMKO.

"The release of the GUARDmark product line is a direct result of a concentrated corporate effort to develop leading edge capabilities in the manufacture of shielded cable technologies," said Dan Kennefick, Copper Products Business Manager at Berk-Tek. "Today, the Government, Military, Educational Institutions and Corporate America are focusing as a priority on Network security and the protection of intellectual assets. The GUARDmark products provide users the combination of proven Berk-Tek performance and a cabling solution that is more secure."

Berk-Tek's GUARDmark products are available for immediate orders and shipments.

About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company

For more than 40 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber-optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit

About Nexans

Nexans is the worldwide leader in the cable industry. The Group brings an extensive range of advanced copper and optical fiber cable solutions to the infrastructure, industry and building markets. Nexans cables and systems can be found in every area of people's lives, from telecommunications and energy networks, to aeronautics, aerospace, automobile, railways, building, petrochemical, medical applications, etc. With an industrial presence in 28 countries and commercial activities in 65 countries, Nexans employs 17,150 people and had sales in 2002 of euros 4.3 billion. Nexans is listed on the Paris stock exchange. More information can be found on

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