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Cable expert Centelsa connects to the community

Article - July 28, 2011
Centelsa’s five state-of-the-art production plants have supplied cable to multiple energy and telecom companies internationally and provide invaluable community support
Since 1955, Centelsa has become a large part of the domestic technology industry and has maintained its leadership by being the first and most prominent Colombian manufacturer of cables (low, medium and high voltage copper and aluminum cable) for energy and telecommunication. During this period, the company has sealed technology agreements with several worldwide firms, been recognized for its leadership in research, development and technical assistance, and has exported to countries including the U.S., Brazil and the UK. This has put Centelsa in an ideal position, making itself one of the most dynamic companies in Latin America.

Centelsa is currently involved in multiple energy and telecommunication projects in Colombia and other countries of South America. Some of these projects include generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy in the oil and petrochemical industries; the development of the industrial and mining industries in construction; manufacturing industrial appliances; building the automotive industry; and placing satellite transmissions in the central telephone networks in urban and rural radio projects. Through these projects, Centelsa has become a transcontinental company.

While headquarters and main manufacturing facilities for Centelsa are located in Cali (Colombia), commercial operations are located in Caracas (Venezuela), Ecuador and Peru. In addition, there is a network of strategically located commercial offices. The wide array of locations permits ample coverage of regional, national, and international markets, allowing for timely service and deliveries.


ALFONSO MUÑOZ, President of Centelsa
Centelsa’s mission emphasizes dedication and responsibility towards its community, region and country. The company’s contribution to generating jobs and progress in the Colombian economy is demonstrated through its support of academic and recreational programs, as well as in the developing of its surrounding communities, such as its work in Valle del Cauca to improve the quality of life of its people.

Alfonso Muñoz, president of Centelsa, expands on this mission: “As far as community and responsibility is concerned, we contribute to job generation constantly. We support people’s development through educational and recreational programs intended for the continuous improvement of their life quality. We actively participate in the social and business responsibility project, which was implemented in conjunction with other important companies from the region.”

Mr. Muñoz goes on to explain the importance of supporting these projects under way in Valle del Cauca in order to strengthen Colombia’s economy as a whole. “Valle del Cauca plays a significant role in Colombia’s development. It is the undeniable leader of the agricultural sector and it has first-class product manufacturing companies,” he says. “Moreover, its geographical location, with a path to the Pacific Ocean, is strategically valuable. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to continue updating Buenaventura’s port and road infrastructure, which will significantly benefit competitiveness in Valle del Cauca and Colombia. For some years we were behind in infrastructure development, but fortunately this government seems to have an important action plan and the aforesaid infrastructure works might be completed.”

Today, Centelsa uses five state-of-the-art production plants in a total area of 70,000m2 in Colombia. In addition to the ample space, Centelsa seeks to inspire creativity and to encourage its employees to work as a team and work towards these same goals: working towards strengthening and supporting the country and region as a whole.

With this mindset, Centelsa has the ability to guarantee quality products and provide a stable foundation for the company to reach these goals. Mr. Muñoz explains, “The mix of a qualified team, modern machinery structures, productive processes, sophisticated test equipment and over 50 years of experience in the cable industry allowed us to participate in important Colombian and foreign projects. These cables have been installed at every company that generates, transmits and distributes energy, as well as many telecommunication companies and industries.”

Centelsa has been recognized on numerous occasions for its work and products, one of the most prestigious acknowledgements being from the Autonomous Regional Corporation. The award acknowledged the company’s adoption of clean production strategies that contributed to the environmental performance improving the quality of life for the residents of Valle del Cauca.