News Briefs for May 19, 2015
To learn more about recent appointments, promotions, and awards, check out the news briefs for May 19, 2015.
Molex announced the acquisition of certain assets of Soligie Inc., which specializes in printed and flexible electronic solutions for applications in medical, military, industrial, lighting, and consumer goods. Products range from sensor systems, medical wearables, LED lighting, specialized RFID labels, and devices that enable the Internet of Things (IoT). The strategic acquisition of Soligie’s business complements Molex printed circuit-based solutions, including membrane switches, polymer thick film circuits, copper flex circuits, and printed circuit board assemblies. Soligie brings to Molex innovative design services, process development, prototype fabrication, product development, and a range of printing platforms for high-precision, high-volume roll-to-roll printed electronic manufacturing. These technologies enable the development of custom proprietary solutions that are cost-effective for customers and contain fewer components.
Additionally, Molex Incorporated announced a new partnership as an official sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon marks the inaugural year of the Molex sponsorship, which extends through 2018. Molex will have booth presence in the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo and throughout the Chicago Marathon, including race day hospitality and information tents. A premier event that garners global recognition, the iconic 26.2-mile road race will take place on October 11 and attracts thousands of participants from across the nation and more than 100 countries. Approximately 1.7 million spectators cheered on runners at last year’s marathon and millions more watch the televised coverage. The prestigious event draws an elite field of athletes and charity participants who run through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.
Amphenol Corporation announced that Craig A. Lampo has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer, taking over for current CFO Diana G. Reardon. Lampo has been with the company for more than 10 years as vice president and corporate controller. Prior to joining Amphenol, he spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Reardon will assist in the transition, which will be completed over the next several months. After transitioning from the chief financial officer role, she will continue with Amphenol as a senior advisor.
TTI Inc. received the prestigious Global Distributor of the Year Award in the broadline category from TE Connectivity. This win marks the fifth time in six years TTI has received this top industry accolade. The award was presented to the TTI executive team during the TE Global Distribution Summit meeting held in San Francisco, Calif. TE recognizes its highest-performing distribution partners based on sales and market share growth, business plan performance, and customer satisfaction. TTI exceeded its revenue goals in all three geographic regions and significantly grew its TE customer base last year.
Mouser Electronics received the prestigious 2014 Global High Service Distributor of the Year Award from TE Connectivity. Mouser earned the award by generating strong sales results, quickly responding to new product introductions, providing exemplary customer service, and investing in TE’s broad-based inventory. Mouser stocks a broad selection of TE products and sensors for industries and applications including automotive, industrial, harsh environments, data communications, consumer devices, and aerospace and defense.
Additionally, Mouser Electronics and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara launched a new Empowering Innovation Challenge, focused on space exploration, as part of the Empowering Innovation Together program. This challenge partners with Astrobotic’s upcoming commercial mission to the Moon. The grand prize will be have the winner’s photo rest on the Moon’s surface in an Astrobotic MoonMail capsule. To prove their genius, entrants must submit an online photo and explain in 100 words or less the technology they believe best represents the world today. The engineering community will share ideas online and vote for which idea and photo should travel aboard Astrobotic’s Griffin Lander to the Moon. Grant Imahara will review the top six in votes and select two lucky winners. The Space Challenge runs now until May 31, 2015.
Pasternack Enterprises appointed Mark Blackwood as the company’s product manager for passive RF components. Blackwood joins Pasternack with more than 20 years of engineering, program management, product marketing, and product line management expertise in the RF and microwave industry. He has a successful track record of developing new technologies and product platforms, growing revenues while improving the bottom line, and creating and implementing impactful marketing programs. Blackwood will help grow Pasternack’s passive components business. Prior to joining Pasternack, Blackwood held management positions in engineering, program management, product marketing, and business development at some of the industry’s most recognized corporations including TriQuint Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Anritsu, and others. Blackwood holds advanced degrees in electrical engineering and physics.
TLC Electronics named Tony Marx as production manager. Marx comes to TLC from CPC – Colder Products Company, where he developed a strong background in LEAN manufacturing environments as a production supervisor and a continuous improvement coordinator.
BURNDY announced the promotion of Steven Clark to West Central regional sales manager. He will report to Warren Jenkins, vice president, sales and marketing. Clark will lead the newly formed West Central sales region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Clark’s previous position was senior sales representative covering the utility market in Kansas and Missouri. He has been with BURNDY nearly 20 years.
IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Alternative Manufacturing Inc., an electronics contract manufacturing company based out of Winthrop, Maine. AMI provides PCB assembly, wire harness production, and product assembly for a variety of industries. To earn the QML, AMI successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001 (Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies) and IPC-A-610 (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies). AMI met or exceeded the electronics industry’s Class 2 testing requirements for dedicated service electronic products. As a result, the company is now listed as an IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices.