About Us

About Us


The Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) was formed in 2008 and is committed to representing and supporting the development of its members and the industry as a whole in the UK.

Membership of the ITSA brings a host of positive benefits to its members and is a unique organization in the Interconnect Technology market.

Our Mission


For ITSA to be the representative of the UK Interconnection Suppliers. To be a strong voice in influencing, setting and communicating quality standards. To collate statistical data and be a voice on Market and Technology trends for the future.

Our History


The Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) was originally formed in 2008 as the The British Connector Manufacturers Association (BCMA) and was re-launched in 2017 to more accurately reflect its member’s activities and to enhance its profile in the UK.

The Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) is a unique UK industry organisation comprised of suppliers and manufacturers of interconnect products and solutions. Many members of the ITSA were previously members of the old trade groups known as IBF and CMA.

The Connectors Manufacturers Association (CMA) was formed in the early 1980’s as a specific interest group within the Electronic Components Industry Federation (ECIF). In 1993 the ECIF merged with the EEA to form the Federation of the Electronic Industry (FEI). To account for the changing shape of the electronics components industry involving connectors the CMA became the Interconnection Business Forum (IBF) around 2000. In 2003, the FEI merged with the CSSA to become Intellect. Due to falling membership IBF ceased to function as group after 2005.

In January of 2016 the ITSA appointed its first independent Chairman who has over 30 years’ experience in the interconnect industry. This appointment gave the association much needed focus and drive and has resulted in an increase in membership and a much more proactive and dynamic approach to its development.

In the second half of 2016 the association’s members approved a new level of associate membership which will open to current or potential suppliers of products and services to its members. The first “Associate Member” was announced in January 2017.

At the associations meeting held in April of 2017 it was agreed to re-brand the association from its original name to the new one of the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association, to more accurately reflect its membership and its plans for future expansion.

The ITSA boasts some of the largest interconnect technology companies amongst its membership and its mission is to promote the interests of its members individually and collectively.

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Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

With an exceptional focus on the needs of our customers, CarlisleIT designs, builds, tests, certifies and delivers comprehensive, high-performance interconnect solutions created to elevate the performance of your business. We partner with customers in Aerospace, Military, Space, Test and Measurement, Industrial and Medical Technology markets, providing virtually limitless solutions including unique cable configurations, custom high-frequency connectors, complete cable assemblies of any complexity, as well as specialized complex harnesses, racks and structures. End-to-end solution is our goal—optimizing the process while speeding quality products to our customers. Vertical integration allows us to provide interconnect solutions covering every component of design and production. This allows you to focus on innovating the next breakthrough for your business. And our ability to create custom solutions means you have a true partner in innovation as you move your business forward. Our UK location in Blackburn has built an enviable reputation for offering excellent, cost-effective solutions to the complex, coaxial interconnection needs of their customers in the Military & Defence, Aerospace, Test & Measurement, Medical and Industrial markets. CarlisleIT Blackburn is an innovative global leader in RF connectivity products with an international presence. This facility delivers both quality and cutting-edge technology in the field of standard and custom RF cable assemblies, RF test and measurement devices, RF coaxial connectors, automotive products, harnesses, fibre optic products and custom copper assemblies. All CarlisleIT’s worldwide manufacturing locations are certified to the latest standards including AS9100 Rev D, ISO9001, ISO14001 & IPC.
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