January 2023 Connector Industry News
Upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.
January 2023 Connector Industry News
January 2023 Connector Industry News > Award News
Allied Electronics & Automation ranked 20th in the large company category on The Dallas Morning News’ annual list of best places to work in the Metroplex. This is the latest workplace award for the organization, which has championed inclusion, employee well-being, retention, and recruitment. In July, Allied was named one of the 50 Most Inspiring Workplaces in North America. Allied unveiled a new hybrid office space in June along with a more flexible and supportive work model to optimize the employee, customer, and supplier experience. It also revised its employee benefits package to improve benefits for domestic and same-sex partners and to cover gender-affirming medical treatment. “It is so affirming to receive an award like this because of the way it’s assessed by an outside agency taken from the responses of our employees,” said Katie Cartwright, vice president of people at Allied. “Our leadership has remained committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable about bringing their authentic selves to the workplace. That’s how we make amazing happen.”
Digi-Key Electronics received the 2021 E-Tailer of the Year award from Nexperia, one of the leading experts in the high-volume production of essential semiconductors. “On behalf of Nexperia, we are thrilled to award Digi-Key the global e-Tailer of the Year award,” said Conrad Rodriguez, vice president of sales and marketing at Nexperia Americas. “With a longstanding partnership, Digi-Key continues to be a key in our success story globally. In 2021 they achieved a record-breaking year in sales. From all of us at Nexperia, thank you, and here’s to many more years of success together.”
Smiths Interconnect received the Elektra Award in the Excellence in Product Design – High Reliability Systems category, with its NXS Series of ultra-high density, space-qualified connectors. The Elektra Awards ceremony was held in London on November 30, rewarding companies and individuals for their excellent performance, innovation, and contribution to the global electronics industry. NXS Series is built to the highest Space standards and qualified to rigorous testing and performance criteria (ESCC 3401, ESCC 3402, ECSS-Q-ST-NXS satisfies both point-to-point and backplane connector requirements. The system offers a reliable way to implement high-density interconnections with high-speed signal transmission requirements, enabling a scalable satellite design.
Central Penn Business Journal named Phoenix Contact one of the “Best Places to Work in PA.” Phoenix Contact ranked 15th among large companies (250 employees or more). The awards are held in partnership with the Best Companies Group. “We are humbled once again our employees feel that Phoenix Contact USA is a Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania,” said Jack Nehlig, president of Phoenix Contact USA. “We take great pride in developing trusting partnerships with and creating a friendly work environment for our employees, and we are very excited to see them bring that to life.” Two parts were used to determine the rankings, with combined scores determining the top companies and the final rankings. The first part, approximately 25% of the evaluation, looked at each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. The second part, 75% of the total, consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.
Harwin has confirmed its latest recipient of the Chairman’s Award. This distinction, awarded on an occasional basis, celebrates the continued efforts of standout individuals at partner organizations who have significantly contributed to increasing Harwin’s sales revenue and helped the company attain long-term growth. The award is given out under the personal direction of the company’s Chairman, Damon de Laszlo. On this occasion, David Botton, vice president of application engineering & sales at Israeli distributor ShirTech, has been recognized for his major influence on raising Harwin’s profile in the region and securing sales across the newly redefined HRi high-reliability, BBi board-to-board, and EZi board-level hardware product categories. This has resulted in year-on-year increases in booking and billing figures, with particularly strong uptake in avionics, commercial space, radar, and medical oriented projects. His efforts have made ShirTech Harwin’s #1 distribution partner in the region. Botton has close to 30 years of industry experience and has an unrivalled aptitude in relation to interconnect and electro-mechanical technology, as well as an in-depth understanding of the various design challenges that OEM engineering teams face.
January 2023 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News
PEI-Genesis has acquired California-based Testco Inc. “We consider ourselves to be the industry’s trusted advisors focused on solving our customers’ interconnect problems,” said PEI-Genesis President & CEO Steven Fisher. “This acquisition enhances that capability, further encouraging our customers to partner with us for a broader range of products and services.” Testco supplies passive, electromechanical, and interconnect components with superior technical expertise and broad product knowledge. Serving technology companies worldwide for over 40 years, Testco offers creative supply chain solutions to meet customer requirements. PEI-Genesis will operate Testco as a separate company, continuing to work with Testco as an authorized supplier partner. The Testco division will now be championed by Richard Watt, vice president of North America sales at PEI-Genesis. Jeff Meyer will remain as Testco’s president to help grow and integrate its operations into PEI-Genesis. PEI will continue to support the existing Testco distributors and rep network.
January 2023 Connector Industry News > Facility News
HARTING Mexico Manufacturing announced the expansion of its manufacturing facility with an inaugural ribbon-cutting event. HARTING Technology Group COO Andreas Conrad, HARTING Americas CEO Jon DeSouza, and HARTING Americas COO Florian Stuetzel hosted the ceremony on behalf of the global company. “With this new facility, we are well-positioned for the future,” said HARTING Technology Group’s Chairman of the Board Philip Harting. “When we look at the future, we take a long-term perspective. We consider not only the company in Mexico and our global active technology group but the future of generations to come. The facility was designed to reduce our carbon footprint and CO2 emissions. The new production facility meets state-of-the-art standards and is fully geared for energy efficiency.”
January 2023 Connector Industry News > Distribution News
Heilind Electronics expanded its global connector portfolio with the addition of Positronic, an Amphenol company. The distribution agreement includes both Heilind Electronics and Interstate Connecting Components (ICC), the mil-aero division of Heilind. Positronic product lines apply to a variety of industries worldwide including military, aerospace, telecommunications, medical, industrial, and test equipment, among others.
Newark has strengthened its semiconductor portfolio with the signing of a new global distribution agreement with Analog Devices Inc. Newark will offer fast delivery on the Analog Devices portfolio, including the latest new-to-market products. The increased range will benefit design engineers creating new solutions for the aerospace and defense, automotive, communications, consumer, data centers, energy, industrial automation, instrumentation, and digital healthcare markets. The broad portfolio of high-performance analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits by Analog Devices is suitable for many types of electronic equipment used in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, radar systems, and RF solutions, as well as sensor interfaces and precision technology applications.
January 2023 Connector Industry News > Association, Standards, & Certifications
Don Akery, new global CEO of Waldom Electronics Inc., is joining the Women in Electronics (WE) Advisory Council. “Waldom Electronics’ recent sponsorship of WE is driven by the value we are seeing WE add to our industry and its members. The organization is taking a key role in professionally and personally developing leaders within our industry. Waldom and I look forward to being a part of the continued success of WE!” said Akery.