News Briefs for August 4, 2015

By News Release | August 04, 2015

For the latest appointments, certifications, and facility openings, read the news briefs for August 4, 2015.


TE Connectivity has been named a lead partner to Andretti Technologies, the technology incubation and advanced engineering business of Andretti Autosport. The groundbreaking technology partnership will leverage TE’s expertise in sensors and connectors, including its DEUTSCH Autosport range of products, AST sensors, and Raychem cable and wire. Using motorsports and racing as a testing ground for new technologies, the partnership is expected to accelerate development in several areas including the battery, electric motor, inverter, and chassis. The partnership includes an Andretti Technologies Formula E test car, which will feature the global brand colors of TE Connectivity. The test car and test program will provide a platform for both companies to develop and test new technologies in a racing environment to prove and promote clean energy and sustainability.

Biran Yilmaz, TTI

Biran Yilmaz, TTI

recently opened a new office in Istanbul, Turkey, following solid growth rates in the Turkish market in recent years. The new office is headed by Biran Yilmaz and provides extensive sales and field engineering support for TTI’s customers in the Turkish region. Yilmaz started her career with a local Turkish distributor called ELEKTRO Elektronik A.Ş. She then worked for Arrow before joining TE Connectivity in 2006, where she held the position of channel country manager for Turkey for the last five years.


Avnet Electronics Marketing has named Kevin Yapp as senior vice president of digital transformation. In this newly created role, Yapp will be responsible for advancing Avnet EM’s digital strategy, including the evaluation of all new resources and investments. He will chair an EM-wide global digital project management organization (PMO) and will report directly to Avnet EM Global President Gerry Fay. From 2003 to 2015, Yapp served in a series of leadership roles at the UK-based Premier Farnell, including chief innovation officer, marketing director Europe and Asia Pacific, chief marketing officer, and, most recently, chief strategy and marketing officer.

Alpha Wire has received ISO 13485:2003 certification for its Carson, Calif., manufacturing facility. The certification encompasses the production, assembly, and quality control processes of wire and cable. ISO 13485 is the leading quality management standard for manufacturers of medical devices. With the medical market’s trends of microminiaturization and higher performance requirements, Alpha Wire’s Coast Custom Cable design and manufacturing capabilities allow for smaller composite cables to be tailored to specific design requirements such as high flexibility, sterilization resistance, low noise, minimal elongation, and high tensile strength. Alpha Wire offers a wide range of medical-grade USP Class VI and FDA-approved materials to create cables specifically tailored to medical devices for diagnostic, monitoring, and treatment applications.

Dr. Kurt Johannes Standke, HARTING

Dr. Kurt Johannes Standke, HARTING

Dr. Kurt Johannes Standke was named managing director of HARTING Customized Solutions Management GmbH. The new global business unit will develop and market the service-intensive portfolio of HARTING Connectivity & Networks. This includes customer-specific solutions, such as cable assemblies and manufacturing, as well as products and complete solutions modified and tailored according to customer specifications. Standke was previously managing director of Busch & Co. GmbH & Co. KG/Engelskirchen, a manufacturer of rotating precision tools, where he was responsible for global sales, development, and production.


Hirose Electric has developed a fiber optic cabling value-added reseller (VAR) program to complement its extensive line of ruggedized connectors and deliver complete fiber optic solutions for a wide range of commercial, datacom/networking, medical, military/aerospace, surveillance, and telecommunication applications. Through partnerships with Timbercon and Atlantic Teleconnect Inc., two well established suppliers of fiber optic cabling products and services, Hirose now offers custom and standard cable assemblies that utilize its wide selection of industry-standard and custom fiber optic connectors.

PROVERTHA has received UL approval for its 600V D-sub connectors, an essential prerequisite for global marketing and sales, especially in the US and Canada. Only products tested by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) according to current US product safety requirements are allowed to show the UL sign. The 600V D-sub connectors were specially developed for compact power applications with easy and fast cable assembly and are ideal for applications such as drives, painting systems, and robots.

Japanese group Furukawa Electric is moving forward with plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Tangier, Morocco. It will offer cable assemblies to telecommunications companies in Africa and in Europe and will produce connectors in the future. Furukawa will invest $8 million to set up the factory and will be the first major company in the field to produce fiber optic cables in Africa. Furukawa Electric seeks to satisfy the growing demand for communications infrastructure in Africa and the Middle East. The Tokyo-based company said its choice of Morocco is due to its easy access to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, as well as the country’s level of security and political stability.

San-tron Inc. has attained certification under the United States/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP). This certification establishes San-tron’s eligibility to receive unclassified technical data disclosing critical technology governed by the US Department of Defense Directive 5230.25 and the Canadian Technical Data Control Regulations (TDCR). This certification was developed in order to enhance North American security, which demands that the US and Canada combine technology resources for mutual benefit. The JCP facilitates the access of unclassified technical data for the benefit of US and Canadian defense and high technology industries. Such unclassified technical data, specifically with military or space applications, includes any blueprints, drawings, plans, instructions, computer software, and documentation or other technical information that can be used to design, engineer, produce, manufacture, operate, repair, overhaul, or reproduce military or space equipment or technology concerning such equipment.

Rutronik announced its new Automotive Business Unit, through which it will offer automotive customers selected components from chosen manufacturers as well as specific technical and commercial support on a global level. The Automotive Business Unit assists defined focus customers with the current challenges in the multifaceted automotive applications of e-mobility, car-to-car communication, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems, lighting, etc., as well as with the constantly increasing safety requirements as per ISO 26262, which cover on-board electrical systems among others. Uwe Rahn, formerly key account FAE and FAE head of Central Europe, will manage the division.

VITA, the trade association dedicated to fostering American National Standards Institute-accredited open-system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announced that VITA 46.11 “System Management on VPX” has reached ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 46.11-2015. This specification has completed the VITA and ANSI processes to reach full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO). ANSI/VITA 46.11 defines a framework for System Management in VPX systems. It enables interoperability within the VPX ecosystem at the Field Replaceable Unit (FRU), chassis, and system levels. The framework is based on the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification and leverages many concepts and definitions from the AdvancedTCA (ATCA) specification by PICMG.

Bishop & Associates has released its annual Connector Industry Yearbook. The report is based on annual reports provided by publicly traded connector companies. Income statements and balance sheets are consolidated for the past 10 years, 5 years, and most current year, providing benchmarks on the industry and the overall performance of the public connector companies. For a complete brochure, table of contents, and ordering information click here.

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