Interconnect News: September 2016
Stay up to date on the latest announcements from your favorite interconnect suppliers.
AirBorn Inc. announced it entered into a new global partnership agreement with Mouser Electronics. AirBorn’s complete connector offering, led by the rugged and reliable verSI brand, will be available for purchase through Mouser, along with a wide array of ultra-reliable AirBorn components, allowing customers to quickly procure the products they need anywhere, anytime.
Avnet’s Board of Directors has appointed William (“Bill”) J. Amelio as chief executive officer. Amelio has been acting as interim CEO since July 11. Having spent most of his career in senior roles managing global technology enterprises and publicly traded companies, he brings more than 35 years of management and industry experience to Avnet. Amelio was the president, chief executive officer, and a director of CHC Group Ltd., an international oil-field services company, from 2010 to 2015. From 2005 to 2009, he served as president and chief executive officer of Lenovo and was previously a regional senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific and Japan for Dell Inc. He began his career with the Microelectronics Technology Division of IBM in 1979 and later became the general manager worldwide operations of the Personal Computer Division.
AVX Corporation has rebranded its revolutionary single-contact technology. Introduced to the market in early 2010 as “naked” connector technology, AVX’s broad range of robust, insulator-less single contacts will now be sold as STRIPT connectors. STRIPT connectors are UL-certified single contacts that deliver the same performance as complete connector solutions without the additional space required by and assembly costs associated with a plastic insulator, effectively bridging the gap between hand soldering and one- and two-piece connector solutions. Based on unique board-to-board (BTB) and wire-to-board (WTB) single-contact designs pioneered by AVX and constructed with premium base contact materials, STRIPT connectors enable engineers to meet stringent cost, performance, and robustness specifications in a wide variety of harsh commercial, industrial, medical, transportation, and solid-state lighting applications.
Molex LLC announced one of its subsidiaries has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Phillips-Medisize Corporation. A global leader in outsource design, development, and manufacturing services for the medical industry, Phillips-Medisize is a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, a private equity investment firm based in San Francisco, Calif. Phillips-Medisize, which is headquartered in Hudson, Wis., specializes in the medical device and diagnostics, drug delivery, and primary pharmaceutical packaging markets. It has a global design network that supports North America, Europe, and China and employs more than 4,300 people in 17 production locations throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and China. Phillips-Medisize Corporation will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Molex, LLC.
In other news, Molex announced six partners have joined the new Transcend Alliance, a consortium of companies working together to expand and promote the use of network-connected lighting in commercial buildings by developing and implementing new systems and protocols. By utilizing Molex’s Transcend system of enabling “network-intelligent” components, lighting fixture companies in the Alliance will make a large variety of fixture types available to the market. This provides lighting designers and architects with a wider range of fixture choices, making it easier for them to choose fixtures that are not only appropriate for the building type, but also align with and enhance the brand image of the company that owns or leases the building. Inaugural members of the Transcend Alliance are JLC Tech LLC, MHT Lighting, New Star Lighting, Spectrum Lighting Inc., Swann Lighting Ltd., and Waldmann USA.
Reptronics announced that Steven L. Olson has joined its team as vice president of sales. Olson has more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing of electromechanical and passive components as well as electromechanical assemblies. He was most recently the sales and marketing director at TLC Electronics, and prior to that he was a regional manager for Winland Electronics, an account manager for manufacturer rep firm Murnco, and direct sales for Lambda.
Infinite RF Holdings Inc., an urgent-needs supplier of engineering-grade radio frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave components and cable assemblies through its Pasternack and Fairview Microwave branded lines, announced the acquisition of L-com Inc., a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity solutions with significant custom manufacturing capabilities. Headquartered in North Andover, Mass., with global manufacturing, sales, and distribution operations, L-Com serves the wireless engineering community with short lead-time design and product solutions. Its comprehensive offering includes wireless components, cable assemblies, antennas, specialized military/aeronautics connectivity solutions, electrical connectors, and wireless sensors for IoT applications through the branded product lines L-Com, HyperLink, MilesTek, Aiconics, and Point Six Wireless.