For the latest announcements in the connector and cable industry, read the news briefs for February 17, 2015.
HARTING continues to experience double-digit annual revenue growth in the US market, a trend that shows no sign of abating, said Jon DeSouza, president and CEO of HARTING North America. The company’s North American revenues increased by 20% to almost $56 million in HARTING’s fiscal 2014, which ended September 30. Key indicators suggest an acceleration of US GDP growth to the 3.0-3.5% range, which HARTING expects to translate into increased sales for its modular connectivity products, as well as custom solutions such as its US-made backplanes and cable harnesses.
Arrow Electronics has acquired RDC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Computacenter UK Ltd. and a technology returns and asset management company in Europe. RDC manages the entire IT asset disposition and remarketing process including logistical management of collections, technical processing, and secure data eradication or destruction, and remarketing of the assets. The acquisition further broadens Arrow’s value recovery business in Europe and will allow it to better address the growing requirements of its global customers. RDC is based in Essex, UK, with estimated sales in 2014 of $84 million, which is what Arrow will pay to purchase the company. As part of the transaction, Arrow Electronics has entered into a five-year operating agreement with Computacenter for IT disposal services, which remain a part of Computacenter’s customer proposition.
TE Connectivity now offers a complete line of harness repair products to enable convenient permanent or temporary repairs to restore the harness, helping to extend the life of complex cable assemblies. TE offers a comprehensive product line for quick, effective field repairs, including repair conductors, jackets, bundles, shields, and backshells. The company is also offering two new resources to help customers use these products: The General Harness Repair Manual and the Harness Repair Products – Quick Reference Manual.
BURNDY has promoted Mike Hennings to the position of southeast regional sales manager. He assumed the role on February 1 and now reports to Warren Jenkins, vice president, sales and marketing. Hennings will lead the Southeast region sales team, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.
TLC Electronics announced that Jeffrey Haselhorst has accepted the position of account manager with the company. Haselhorst, who assumed his new role effective February 2, comes to TLC with a strong background in wire, cable, and cable assemblies. Previous employers included General Cable Corporation and Superior Essex.
TE Connectivity announced the approval of new RoHS-compliant black zinc-nickel “Z” plating for AS85049 adapters /82 to /90. AS85049 is a military specification for connector accessories designed to work with military connectors like those built to MIL-DTL-38999. The solution helps customers reduce cadmium usage and provides enhanced performance. It offers the same level of electrical performance, harsh environment protection, and temperature ranges as cadmium finishes. These adapters and band straps are ideal for internal and external cable assemblies within the aerospace and marine markets, as well as in military ground vehicles and space-based systems.
HUBER+SUHNER showcased “Fiber to Our Kids” at the FTTH Conference in Warsaw, Poland, February 11-12. A broad portfolio of high-end fiber management solutions, high-quality fiber optical components, and carrier-grade transport solutions were displayed during the event, and Dr. Martin Strasser, HUBER+SUHNER’s product unit manager for fiber management systems, presented the concept during the conference stream entitled, “Deploy FTTH and Save Money.”
Schleuniger will exhibit the latest in wire processing solutions at the EPTECH series of professional electronics shows across Canada. Schleuniger will be at EPTECH Montreal/Pointe-Claire on Tuesday, April 14; EPTECH Markham on Thursday, April 16; EPTECH Ottawa on Tuesday, October 27; and EPTECH Mississauga on Thursday, October 29. Demonstrations will include the EcoStrip 9300 automatic cut-and-strip machine as well as the CoaxStrip 5200, UniStrip 2300, and RotaryStrip 2400.
SCHURTER has launched its newly translated Chinese website. The website expands SCHURTER’s presence in the Asian market, providing local customers with a more convenient way to search and select SCHURTER products and solutions. Product attribute selection and self-service tools such as real-time stock check, e-shop, track and trace, partner services, and CRM portals are offered.
Alpha Wire has unveiled a French version of its website designed to reach an increasingly diversified customer base. French-speaking customers are now able to access all existing website functions, including product filters, data sheet searches, sample requests, and product brochure downloads, in a more user-friendly manner. To access the French-language version of Alpha Wire’s website, simply visit www.alphawire.com and select “French” from the language drop-down box.
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