Ormiston Wire strips back wire with its latest white paper

The first in a series of white papers released by Ormiston Wire strips back wire to reveal its origins, how different types are created and how it has become one of the most versatile manufacturing solutions available today.


The technique of producing wire has been traced back 5,000 years. Ormiston Wire has been operating for 220 of those years and has, in the process, acquired a vast amount of knowledge and experience in working with wire as well as catering for special requests.

The paper explains the distinction between stranded and solid wire and the issues that dictate which type should be used for different applications, offering users valuable advice and a useful introduction to product specification.

“For many, wire is viewed as a basic commodity product. We are hoping that, through our series of white papers, we can educate and explain that wire is so much more than that which meets the eye,” said Mark Ormiston, Managing Director and 6 descendant of Ormiston Wire’s founder, James Ormiston.

Based on centuries of expertise, Ormiston manufacture to order stranded wire in many metals, sizes and constructions for use in electronic, medical, scientific, optical and photographic equipment, drawing boards - in fact, any application where a low stretch, strong, small diameter flexible cable is required.

The white paper, entitled What’s In A Wire?, is being released as part of the companies 220th birthday celebrations and you can view it here.

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For further information contact: Ormiston Wire, 1 Fleming Way, Worton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6EU.
Tel: 020 8569 7287. Fax: 020 8569 8601. Email: info@ormiston-wire.co.uk  Web: www.ormiston-wire.co.uk

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Ormiston Wire Limited was founded in 1793 by James Ormiston, an enterprising young Scotsman. Six generations later, under the leadership of descendent Mark Ormiston, we are still an independent and family-run business. We began in the City of London, making spring-wire for corsets and wigs. This was in the days before rubber. Today we have manufacturing facilities in Isleworth, west London and Redditch in the Midlands. We pride ourselves in being able to manufacture almost any type of wire for almost any type of application. Our manufacturing processes can accommodate either ferrous or non-ferrous wire or strands, to any size or length. They include facilities for rolling, winding, rewinding, spooling, braiding, bunching, stranding and plastic coating, according to specification. The diversity of end uses for our products ranges from delicate surgical sutures, to special effects applications for the film industry, to polypropylene- covered and Kevlar-cored strands for low-voltage lighting, to the high-specification demands of the nuclear industry.

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