News Briefs for July 14, 2015
Mergers, personnel changes, product news and more are all part of the news briefs for July 14, 2015.
Amphenol has made a binding offer of $1.275 billion to Bain Capital for FCI Asia, which will be the company’s second acquisition this year. The acquisition, which will be financed with cash and debt, will close by the end of 2015. FCI Asia’s 2015 sales are expected to be approximately $600 million with an adjusted EDBITDA margin of 20%. FCI, which supplies connectors for the telecom/datacom and industrial market, employs about 7,400 people worldwide. This is the second company Amphenol has acquired in 2015, following its acquisition of Invotec Circuits Limited in the first quarter.
Amphenol Connex has merged with Amphenol RF, headquartered in Danbury, Conn. The combined product portfolio will be marketed and sold under the name Amphenol RF. The Moorpark, Calif., facility will continue to operate as the company’s main North American distribution center and Amphenol RF’s western regional sales office to provide support to local customers. The merger provides customers of both brands a single point of contact and access to more than double the number of products than previously available. The expanded product portfolio combined with Amphenol RF’s global manufacturing footprint and world-class engineering capabilities will provide customers with nearly unlimited RF interconnect solutions.
Mouser Electronics announced that it has received more than 20 awards for superior performance from its manufacturer partners for 2014. Manufacturers cited many reasons for the honors, including double-digit sales growth, fastest new product introductions, breadth of inventory, best-in-class marketing campaigns, customer growth, outstanding point-of-sales growth, global expansion, and commitment to teamwork. The performance awards for 2014 were received from, among others, TE Connectivity, Molex, Amphenol, HARTING, JAE, and SOURIAU.
Bulgin has launched an environmentally sealed 90-degree SMB antenna, which offers greater flexibility in system design for RF monitoring and control. Complementing the existing IP68-rated SMB antenna family, this new option is available for a variety of frequency bands and can be combined with the PX0414 SMB Buccaneer panel-mounting connector to provide a completely waterproof and dust-proof option for RF equipment.
Cinch Connectivity Solutions announced the qualification of its Fibreco Junior connector to the US Military MIL-DTL-83526/20 and /21 standard. The qualified connector, known as the “MIL-Junior,” further enhances the company’s range of expanded-beam fiber optic connectors, used in many harsh environment applications across the globe. Qualification to this standard reinforces the credibility of the entire CCS expanded-beam range, from single-channel connectors up to 24 channels, in both multimode and singlemode and fiber/copper hybrids.
Mouser Electronics teamed up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and a group of visionaries in the home and factory automation industry, including Insteon, AiroCorp, TE Connectivity, and Factory Automation Systems, to announce an exciting new Home and Factory Automation Series. The new Home and Factory Automation Series is part of the Empowering Innovation Together program and is available only on Mouser.com. Filmed on location inside the Insteon smart home, known as Insteon’s engineering lab, the series helps engineers learn about the newest technology connecting the human experience with devices that make everyday life more efficient and productive.
Siemon was named one of the top 20 most promising data center solutions providers by CIO Review Magazine. Selected from more than three hundred companies by a panel of CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, VCs, analysts, and the CIO Review editorial board, Siemon joins the ranks of the best solution and service providers offering comprehensive data center tools and services and showcasing extensive business knowledge and innovative strategies combined with a talent base across multiple locations.
Sager Electronics has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., a North American distributor with extensive design and manufacturing capabilities, headquartered in Carrollton, Tex. Norvell will become an integral component of Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics. Norvell’s value-added capabilities are central to Sager Power Systems’ growth strategy. Norvell Chairman A.W. Tvrdik will retire upon completion of the acquisition. Chris Tvrdik, Norvell’s president, will join Sager Electronics as vice president, value-added sales and service.
HUBER+SUHNER has completed its RADOX MFH-S cable family with cross-sections of up to 6mm2. These cables are suitable for installation on ships and oil and gas platforms. Unlike rival products, the cables can transmit both signals and energy. Now, with more than 70 design versions, HUBER+SUHNER covers a wide range of applications from data transmission in control systems to cabinets and energy transmission in lighting systems or ships’ diesel engines.
Additionally, HUBER+SUHNER’s barrier-sealed and silicone-free anti-capillary cables are being used by Jaguar Land Rover to protect the AdBlue dosing system in its diesel vehicles. Cables in the engine compartment of road vehicles must be protected from a variety of fluids such as engine oils and cleaning agents; in HUBER+SUHNER’s barrier-sealed anti-capillary cables, a grease-like filling material prevents fluids from entering the cable due to capillary action. Jaguar Land Rover experienced technical issues with the capillary action in the original wires of its selective catalytic reduction system, and chose the HUBER+SUHNER cables as the solution. Jaguar Land Rover has also used the company’s RADOX battery cables in vehicles for years.
Anderson Power Products announced that Brian Davies has been appointed general manager and will be responsible for the company’s continued profitability and sales growth, as well as all operations for five companies located in the US, UK, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Davies joined APP in 2002 as corporate marketing director and has since served in a variety of management positions, including global engineering director and, most recently, director of sales and marketing.
CDM Electronics has opened a new facility in Plano, Tex. The office now serves as CDM’s midwest and Great Plains regional operating hub, from which specialized sales, engineering, and design support are provided to current customers, the US and Canadian railroad industries, the Department of Defense, and Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) contracts. CDM’s new facility includes private offices, a fully staffed customer service department, conference center, and a section exclusively dedicated to railroad industry support. Outfitted with the latest generation of computers, communications, and audio video equipment, the space is designed to maximize productivity and enhance customer experience. The Plano office is supported by CDM’s ISO9001, AS9100, ITAR, and UL Safety Certified manufacturing facility located in New Jersey.
GCT has recently announced the creation of a dedicated cable assembly division due to growing demand for its customer-specific cable assemblies. Targeted at volume OEMs to ensure guaranteed quality, value, and superior service, the product range comprises overmolds, IDC, wire harnesses, and cable looms. GCT’s expert cable team can offer in-depth technical support to guide customers from concept through to production, supported by the company’s user-friendly, feature-rich website. Customers that visit GCT’s website may specify initial inquiries via a web form, which allows them to upload files, drawings, sketches, and 3D models. Once submitted, a local GCT team member will respond within 24 hours to discuss requirements.
C&M Corporation announced the appointment of Steven DeFrancesco to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. DeFrancesco joins C&M from Belden Inc., where he most recently served as vice president of corporate development. Rob Conway has assumed the position of vice president of business development where he will lead C&M’s business development and strategic growth strategies. Conway brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the position. Before joining C&M in 2012, he served as the executive vice president of sales for The Lapp Group.
CAMI Research Inc. has added a Japanese language option to its standard CableEye cable and harness testing system graphical user interface. The intuitive, graphic-rich GUI provides a clear and simple operator interface for production workers, and may now be user-set to any of seven global languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Turkish, Chinese, and Japanese. Translated by native speakers to ensure clarity, all seven language options are provided in CableEye’s standard software as well as its PinMap, Connector Designer, Autobuild, and Exporter software options. The language setting affects anything presented on the screen (including associated print options), such as its standard comprehensive reports, color-coded net lists, scripting, and user-defined/annotated cable database entries.
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the IPC-T-50 Revision M, Terms and Definitions for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits. This ever-evolving standard provides common language of terms and definitions for the electronics industry. IPC-T-50M brings more than 150 new and revised terms, while also eliminating out-of-date terminology in order to provide a streamlined standard that focuses on the trending language of the electronics industry. Specifically, this revision includes terms often cited in other standards, such as conformal coating, statistical process control, and stencil design.
The 15th Annual Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo, held in June in Milwaukee, Wisc., had an increase in attendance this year over last with nearly 2,900 attendees from 41 states and 32 countries. The six seminars held during the expo were well attended, with many attendees present at multiple seminars, which indicated a strong interest in topics that included high-mix/low-volume manufacturing and the latest advancements in comprehensive quality for wire processing. Next year’s Expo is scheduled for May 11 and 12 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
MOHR Test and Measurement LLC, a supplier of precision time-domain reflectometry (TDR) instrumentation, has won a five-year contract with the US Navy to supply high-resolution portable TDR cable testers. The contract is worth an estimated $5.3 million at commercial pricing. The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) selected MOHR’s new upgraded CT100 TDR, which features a high-performance multicore CPU and unique collection of time and frequency domain analysis tools, for its General Purpose Electronic Test Equipment (GPETE) program. The CT100 TDR will be used to support shipboard, submarine, shore, and Marine Corps cable testing applications.