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Astec Precision become the latest ITSA Associate Member

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Astec Precision was established in 1998 to supply miniature precision turned parts for high specification industries. We have since grown to become leaders in our field, and now boast one of the largest and most advanced Swiss type sliding head capabilities in the UK.

Commenting on becoming an associate member, Astec’s Managing Director Craig Hyslop stated “A large portion our business is Interconnect, and several of our customers are members of the ITSA. We have shared interests, and see our membership of as a means of collaborating, increasing our knowledge, and networking to ensure we are always able to support our customers”

ITSA Chairman John Biggs added “I would like to welcome Astec Precision as an associate member of the association, and are delighted that another high quality UK manufacturer has joined the ever expanding membership of this unique association”

 

HARTING RJ Industrial® MultiFeature series now even easier to assemble

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HARTING are delighted to present the RJ Industrial® MultiFeature series, an RJ industrial interface which is now significantly easier to assemble in the field as it no longer requires a separate tool.

With the RJ Industrial in the new MultiFeature series, HARTING meets customers’ wishes and requirements for simpler operation and field assembly capability. The continued development of the successful RJ Industrial® standard now offers tool-free assembly, easier use and a robust metal housing. An additional area of application for AWG 26 to AWG 22 stranded wires, along with robust cable fixation, are features that simplify fitting and improve installation.

As the classic RJ45 was developed for telecommunications, it did not always meet the demands of the industrial sector. The HARTING RJ Industrial® MultiFeature series is designed specifically to resist all the difficulties posed by harsh environments. Safe Cat. 6A performance and IP20 and IP65/67 housing paired with PoE power supply variants IEEE802.3af (PoE 15.4W) / IEEE802.3at (PoE 25.5W) / IEEE802.3bt (PoE 100W) provides data and power for every device.

The robust metal housing provides a reliable Ethernet connection and is suitable for industrial markets thanks to its metal locking and tough strain relief. This consistent development progress has simplified the interface that has proven its worth a million times over.

The UK electronics industry is facing a perfect storm according to connector suppliers’ body ITSA

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  • Member revenues down just 3% but order intake down 16%
  • Huge growth in Medical while Comms and Mil/Aero sectors holding up
  • HARTING’s Peter Hannon elected ITSA Deputy Chairman

August 4, 2020. While some aspects of the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown have been eased, the crisis continues to have a major impact on the UK electronics industry and what many describe as a perfect storm is gathering to really challenge the UK. As well as the pandemic, there’s BREXIT to consider and the potential fallout from the current tensions between the US and China.

Figures released by the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), state the best the UK can hope for this year is GDP down by 10.6% and at worst a figure of 14.3%.

Either way, according to ITSA Chairman John Biggs, the fall in the UK’s GDP will be more than a staggering 10%.  ITSA (Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association) represents many of the leading companies in the UK’s interconnection industry and is ideally placed to comment on how this key component sector sees the UK electronics industry halfway through a challenging 2020.

“As well as COVID 19, we seem to have put Brexit to one side with the possible consequences of a troublesome closure later this year. Then there’s the US trade war with China and the inevitable repercussions following the decision to remove Huawei from the UK’s 5G network.” Says John Biggs.

“Having said that, ITSA members only saw a 3% decrease in their revenues in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, but, order intake was down by 16% with a UK Book to Bill of 0.69:1 and this will inevitably impact on the remainder of 2020 revenues.” Biggs adds.

There is a consensus amongst the members that 2020 will see a revenue decline of between 6%-12% while activity is expected to rebound by 8.7% in 2021 but remain below where it was prior to the pandemic for at least the next 3 years. Those members who report export business showed a much lower decline in orders of -3% and a Book top Bill of 0.93:1.

Some positive news

Despite the general negative impact on members UK business there are several markets which continue to be positive. Medical saw an increase of 102%, Communications up 45% (linked mainly to Data Centres capacity supporting more home working), and Mil/Aero where legacy projects continued.

Members distribution revenues dropped by 19%  but all members reported a good increase in activity throughout June and into July.

However, despite all of the above all of ITSA’s members are feeling positive about the next 12 months and are mostly looking at business levels being flat in 2021 and perhaps not returning to 2019 levels until 2022/3.

Peter Hannon elected Deputy Chairman

Peter Hannon, Managing Director of HARTING UK has been elected as Deputy Chairman with immediate effect. Commenting on Peter Hannon’s election, John Biggs said “ While I have no plans to relinquish the ITSA chair, it is really good to know that someone of Peter Hannon’s standing is available to take over. He and I have known each other for  many years and, as Managing Director of HARTING UK, he was a founding member of ITSA.”

A certified accountant, Peter left his Somerset roots behind to join Texas Instruments in 1988 and, by the time he left to join HARTING UK in 1998, he was Finance Controller for the TI company Power Innovations which is now owned by Bourns.

He joined  HARTING UK as Finance Director and became Managing Director in 2005. He has been  Vice Chair of Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton since 2010. Among his many interests, Peter lists walking, hiking, travel and bird watching.

Last year he made it to Everest base camp, hiked up Kilimanjaro in 2014 and made three successful climbs of Yorkshire’s 3 peaks.

Commenting on this news, Peter said “I am delighted to take up this new role at a significant point in the Association’s development and the economic climate in general. I look forward to working closely with John and being a voice for our Interconnection members in the UK”

 

 

 

HARTING UK awarded prestigious IRIS Silver Quality Performance Level

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HARTING UK are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious Silver Quality Performance Level award from the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS). This is a globally recognised standard which evaluates management systems for the railway sector.

Silver Performance is currently the highest performance level issued by IRIS and is a significant achievement for HARTING UK, making them one of only 60 companies worldwide to receive Silver status and putting them in the top 3% globally of all IRIS certified companies.

IRIS is established as a European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) group and is recognised by both system manufacturers and railway operators. It was set up with the aim of establishing higher quality and reliability of rolling stock and infrastructure in the railway industry. Via an efficient system for auditing railway suppliers, the aim is to create transparency throughout the supply chain.

Stuart Fisher, Director of Operations at HARTING Manufacturing UK Ltd, was delighted with the award, saying:

“To receive such a prestigious award is great testimony to everybody at HARTING and really endorses our commitment to quality. It also clearly demonstrates our passion for quality throughout the business and offers our customers great confidence in our products.  It’s also clear that as a business we have a culture of continuous improvement and that we will strive to get even better at what we do.”

 

 

 

 

 

The HARTING UK manufacturing facility in Northampton produces bespoke cable assemblies and intercar jumpers for the rail market, based on the extensive HARTING product portfolio. Additional services include full design and development support and onsite testing of cabling and wiring. As well as the IRIS Silver Quality Award, the facility also holds ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management, the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and UL certification for Wiring Harnesses ZPFW2 / ZPFW8.