ITSA reports “bumper year” for connector sales

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UK connector sales hit record numbers in 2021, as the sector enjoyed what has been described as “a bumper year,” by John Biggs, Chairman of the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA).

On average ITSA members reported 2021 sales up over 17% on 2020, and revenues back at 5% over pre-pandemic levels.

Outstanding revenue growth of up to 40% was reported by some ITSA members, bookings were also on a roll with some members pushing up to 60% growth year on year.

2021 orders advanced 37% year on year and are 18% up on pre-pandemic levels.

Virtually every market sector contributed to this stellar performance.

Connector suppliers benefitted from increased sales in automation driven by investment in warehouses to meet increased online sales.

The trend to working from home and remote working during the pandemic buoyed demand from data centre equipment suppliers.

Medical electronics has been another stand out for the connector business, alongside traffic management, test and measurement, and mass transportation.

Broadcast is also finding its feet again as the government lifts Covid restrictions, paving the way for a revival in the events business.

John Biggs adds, “The Mil/Aero market has a lot of activity, but this has not resulted in increased revenues yet. The rail market has seen some recent growth, but this does tend to be project specific.”

Coaxial connectors have been making the running amongst the product sectors with sales soaring 33%.

Fibre optic connectors and circular connectors for harsh environments contributed handily reporting mid-teens double digit growth.

“Overall, our members have enjoyed a bumper year, and most are back at or slightly above 2019 pre-pandemic levels, comments John Biggs.

A book to bill ratio of between 1.1:1 up to 1.4:1 and a strong order book suggests 2022 will start at a gallop.

ITSA members indicated that this level of demand isn’t sustainable throughout 2022 and they expect demand to slow as we move through the year.

Most are budgeting for between 5% and 10% sales growth in 2022.

Supply Chain Issues

Getting their hands on raw materials is still proving a headache for ITSA members. Specific problem areas in the global supply chain include cables, fasteners and other raw materials. Long lead times and further incoming price increase are also having an impact.

Investment

The healthy market for connector products has stimulated investment by ITSA member companies in acquisitions and a continued investment in design and manufacturing facilities, following on from a positive trend of investment that has happened over the past two years despite the pandemic.

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https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/connector-sales-hit-record-high-says-itsa-2022-02/

 

ODU Connectors Robust docking solution with high mis-alignment compensation

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The ODU-MAC® Silver-Line includes modular connectors for docking systems.

A new addition to the line-up is the P4+ frame, which effortlessly overcomes tolerance compensation challenges, ensuring a durable interface for at least 100,000 mating cycles.

 

 

 

 

The P4+ frame at a glance:

  • Compensation : axial 1mm, radial +/- 4mm
  • Mounted floating on both sides
  • 100,000 mating cycles minimum
  • Optional grounding up to 10 mm²
  • No minimum order quantity
  • Cable assembly included

Eight robust frame types are available in the ODU-MAC® Silver-Line and the new P4+ frame offers an impressively increased tolerance compensation with a radial play of +/- 4 mm, ensuring optimal compensation for mis-alignment – now making even more extreme centring tasks possible.

Modular and ready for immediate use

The docking frames are available in custom lengths to suit the required modules, thus allowing the transmission of different media via a single connector. Choose a combination of signals, power, high-current, high-voltage, RF signals (coax), air or fluids, data transmission, and fibre-optics. Get your hybrid connector as a complete solution including cable assembly – your interface will then be ready for immediate use.

Robust in any environment

Uses for the P4+ frame include docking applications in industry, test & measurement engineering, as well as end-of-line testing and mechanical engineering.

One obvious use, for example, is as a charging interface for autonomous vehicles or for automatic docking during battery replacement. Furthermore, these ODU-MAC® Silver-Line frames have already proven their durability and robustness in military vehicles

Cambion says “Obsolescence, it’s the future”.

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If the future is looking black due to one of your legacy or even a series production product blighted by supplier obsolescence, then let Cambion Electronics Ltd assist and support your future aspirations in this regard.  Cambion has a pedigree in providing solutions for interconnection or inductive assemblies that have been discontinued or made obsolete, be it via reverse engineering, the manufacture of adapters or re-engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambion is autonomous in its manufacturing capabilities with stamping, machining, moulding, automatic assembly and an equipped toolroom all under one roof at its ISO9001, ISO14001 and AS/EN9100 certified Castleton, North Derbyshire facility. Consequently, Cambion has total control over factor of production so able to swiftly take on your requirements and make them a reality in double quick time. Cambion Engineers are able to provide solutions to your requirements where standard components may not be suitable. Cambion have a long and established pedigree for high performance electro-mechanical and inductive components serving the professional, automotive, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Cambion are committed to ongoing product development. Continual Investment, especially in the latest machinery, which has resulted in substantial manufacturing and assembly capabilities to cover a broad and comprehensive range of disciplines and technologies.

Easy to handle ODU MEDI-SNAP® now also in size 3.5

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The ODU MEDI-SNAP®  has proven itself as a reliable, touch-proof solution for demanding applications in medical technology, test & measurement and industrial electronics.

 

 

 

 

Now, in the new size 3.5, this classic connector offers hybrid technologies as well as high-density solutions, and at the same time is flexible enough to allow rapid adaptation to customer’s individual needs.

Hybrid, high-density, flexible

The signal-only version accommodates 41 contacts, while hybrid inserts offer signals in combination with power and fluids. Customized solutions for media such as coax or fibre-optics also possible.

Key features:

  • Maximum performance in the smallest installation space
    • Space for up to 41 signal contacts
    • Media such as signals, power and fluids combined in one interface
    • Solutions for coax and fiber optics also available
  • User-friendly, safe and reliable due to
    • Easy connection by push-pull locking system
    • Highest patient protection according to IEC 60601-1: 2 MOPP, 2 MOOP
  • High flexibility
    • Wide variety of media inserts and pin layouts due to modular design
    • Optional PCB termination for high-density apps enables easiest assembly
    • Various options available: Sealed/unsealed straight plugs in combination with sealed/unsealed receptacles for front/rear panel mount
  • Minimal possible weight due to plastic housing

ODU also offers flexible complete systems consisting of push-pull connectors, cables with matching termination and optional labelling.

Whatever your application, ODU-UK Ltd can help solve your connector problems – why not get in touch: sales@odu-uk.co.uk or www.odu-uk.co.uk or tel: 0330 002 0640