May 2022 Connector Industry News II

By AJ Born | May 31, 2022

Upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.

May 2022 Connector Industry News II

May 2022 Connector Industry News II > Award News

Sager Electronics has been named MEAN WELL’s Distributor of the Year for 2021Sager Electronics has been named MEAN WELL’s Distributor of the Year for 2021. This award is measured by 10 key criteria – including sales growth, technical support, marketing communications, and product promotion – and is rigorously graded to reflect true overall performance. “The entire team at Sager Electronics is to be commended for the stellar performance they achieved for 2021, including an impressive increase in MEAN WELL sales,” commented Jessica Chang, distribution sales manager for MEAN WELL USA. “We are always appreciative of Sager’s commitment to our company’s growth and look forward to many more years of success.”

Sager Electronics recognized C&K, Mill-Max, and OTTO as top performers in its 2021 Supplier Excellence ProgramSager Electronics recognized C&K, Mill-Max, and OTTO as top performers in its 2021 Supplier Excellence Program. Sager’s Supplier Excellence Program focuses on quality, operations, and business systems support, along with management and field level support. This is the second time that C&K received this honor and the first time it was awarded Sager’s top recognition, the Diamond Confidence Award for Overall Top Supplier Performance. Mill-Max received the Best Quality Award, marking the first time it was recognized in the program. OTTO also made its debut, receiving recognition for exceeding the program’s criteria for supplier excellence.

Hirose has named Mouser Electronics the 2021 Distributor of the YearHirose has named Mouser Electronics the 2021 Distributor of the Year. The distinction recognizes sales and growth, as well as customer service and satisfaction. Adrian Orat, Hirose distribution manager, presented the award at EDS 2022 to Krystal Jackson, Mouser’s vice president of supplier management. Hirose’s advanced technologies and diverse development capabilities ensures the launch of new connectivity products that combine high applicability and added value to meet global market needs.

May 2022 Connector Industry News II > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

Rosenberger appoints Praxenthaler CFOFranz Praxenthaler has been appointed chief financial officer to the management board of Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG, as of April 1, 2022. Praxenthaler began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a precision mechanic at Rosenberger. He was given management responsibilities at an early stage, initially as head of production and later, after continuous professional development, as head of controlling and finance. In 2010, he became commercial managing director of Hörl Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co KG, which is part of the Rosenberger group. With his proven success, he will be responsible for the areas of finance and controlling at board level as CFO and will significantly shape the further development of the corporate group with CEO Eric Küppers.

TE Connectivity (TE) will jointly develop with Phoenix Contact new single-pair Ethernet (SPE) M12 hybrid connectivity. The M12 connectors align with the hybrid format specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 63171-7 standard, which the IEC initiated under the guidance of TE in early 2021. The agreement brings together innovation from two global companies with high expertise in connectivity with the shared goal of driving market adoption of SPE in the industrial space, reflecting the support for IEC 63171-7 that exists among key trade groups and the industry as a whole. The first phase of the collaboration will focus on the development of coding 2 (2 x 8 A / 50 V AC). The launch of the first serial products is anticipated for early 2023.

Amphenol Industrial Sustainable Technologies has partnered with Melni Technologies to offer a “crimpless” butt splice solar connector that utilizes Melni’s patented dual spiral technology to make secure, long-lasting connections. The RadCrimp solar splice connector was developed to significantly improve crimp reliability in the field while helping to reduce the amount of crimp-related failures that are directly related to improper crimping, as well as incorrect mating issues between connector-mismatched manufacturers.



May 2022 Connector Industry News II > New Technical Resources

Smiths Interconnect is hosting a new webinar, How the Hyperboloid Technology can Provide Superior Performance in Defense and Aerospace Applications, June 1, 2022, at 10 a.m. CET. This webinar will examine the benefits of the Hypertac Hyperboloid technology in high-power interconnects and show how it can provide superior performance in defense and aerospace applications. Key takeaways include the current requirements for high power applications, the growing need for power in combat vehicles and aerospace systems, the advantages of the Hypertac hyperbolic technology in high power applications, and an in-depth look at the HBB product family’s features and benefits.

The ECIA Foundation has launched a unique training program for its members that explains key concepts and terminology to those who are new to the industry. Named in honor of TTI’s founder, who passed away early in 2021, the Paul Andrews Continuous Education (PACE) training courses reside on the ECIA website. Activity and progress can be tracked and reported back to companies. ECIA member companies and their employees can now access these courses as a free, members-only benefit. ECIA Foundation President Jim Kaplan saw the funding of this training initiative as a way for the industry to recognize Mr. Andrews. “Paul was dedicated to this industry and its employees and I’m sure he would be very proud to have his name and legacy associated with this ECIA Foundation initiative,” explained Kaplan. “The overwhelming support from the over 50 companies that have joined as sponsors is a testament to how critical it is for us to educate the next generation about the electronic components supply chain.” ECIA members with profiles on the ECIA website must log in to gain access to the courses. For others, create a profile on the ECIA website first, then access. For more information, visit

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