Expanding Capabilities: LEMO UK Introduces Injection Moulding Machine

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LEMO UK has enhanced its cable assembly production capabilities by integrating a Babyplast Injection Moulding Machine. This addition enables the manufacture of cable assemblies with custom over-moulded bend reliefs, precisely tailored to meet the unique customer requirements.

Key customer benefits:

  • Enhanced Durability: Over-moulding bend reliefs improves the durability and longevity of cable assemblies, ensuring reliable performance. Having the capability to optimise the material choice dependant on the cable characteristics and end-use requirements, means we can offer improved  performance based on the specifics of a unique application.
  • Customisation: Our customers can benefit from the ability to customise their cable assemblies with over-moulded bend reliefs to suit specific application end-use requirements.
  • Streamlined Supply Chain: By offering this additional service in-house, customers can enjoy a more streamlined supply chain and quicker turnaround times.
  • Quality Assurance: Customers can have confidence in the ISO-certified quality of the over-moulding process and the final product, leading to higher satisfaction levels.

Advantages of outsourcing cable assembly:

Outsourcing cable assembly manufacturing provides numerous advantages. By partnering with LEMO, a leader in the industry, businesses not only save money but avail from engineering design support, fast prototyping, shorter production lead-times, and fast delivery. LEMO guarantees reliable, high-performance connectivity from our state-of-the-art ISO-certified manufacturing facility in the UK supported by LEMO’s network of manufacturing subsidiaries located around the world. Need help with a project? Contact us.

ITSA releases its latest UK connector market report

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ITSA Report Q1 2024

Members report sales have started flat over 2024 however orders have bounced back by 10% which is a significant improvement on the exit of 2023. BtoB is flat at 1.00:1.

Headline statistics: –

  • Revenues are flat versus the exit of 2023 but continue to hold up.
  • 2024 orders have made a significant bounce back over the close of 2024 and BtoB is holding at 1.00:1.
  • The UK connector market continues to perform well, and this supported by both the UK Manufacturing PMI and the Make UK Data.
  • The start of 2024 has been excellent in a number of our key markets with growth in Data Centre +31%, Broadcast +70%, Mass Transport +11%, Industrial +5% and Mil/Aero Flat
  • Members Distribution sales were flat, but this area has continued to perform solidly over the past 12 months.
  • ITSA estimates that the UK connector market in 2024 to be either flat or minimal growth.
  • ITSA members, and contributors to other significant reports remain incredibly positive about the longer-term future.

 

ODU Connectors Successful 2023 and optimistic plans for 2024

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Looking back at 2023

Last year, ODU reached a €290m + turnover, recording a small growth and outperforming the market.

Outlook for 2024

In 2024, ODU is planning three major investments:

In Mühldorf, a state-of-the-art logistics centre is being built that will speed deliveries to customers.

In Sibiu Romania, capacity is being expanded to meet increased demand and in Tijuana Mexico, a technology and plant expansion to strengthen ODU’s position in the North American market.

Robert Klemisch, ODU Managing Director, comments “These investments are an important step in further expanding our global footprint and our ability to innovate in connector technology.”

Success in key markets

In 2024, ODU will continue to have a strong presence in the medical, measurement and testing, as well as military, communications and security markets.

Dr.-Ing. Kurt Woelfl, ODU Management Board Spokesman comments: “Despite the challenges in the automotive market, our products remain highly regarded, and ODU is known as a reliable partner. As a result, we are working on many new projects. These are time-consuming, require patience, but lead to success and the goal.”

Statement from ODU management:

We would like to thank our entire team for their tireless efforts and passion.

We would like to thank our customers and partners for their trust and long-standing partnership. We will continue to work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations and consolidate our leading position in the connector technology industry.

Together, we look to the future with confidence, and we are convinced that we will continue to be successful in 2024. Thank you for your trust in ODU.

 

ODU-UK Ltd                                          tel: 0330 002 0640   

email: sales@odu-uk.co.uk                 web: www.odu-connectors.com/uk 

Drive industrial transformation at Industrial Ethernet Week- Harting Connectors

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Join HARTING and experts from a range of global market leaders for the third Industrial Ethernet Week, which runs between the 27th and 29th February 2024. Featuring technical experts and digitalisation pioneers, you’ll discover solutions for driving industrial transformation via insightful user cases, discussions, talks and tech sessions.

Day one focuses on AI and IIoT platforms. Amazon Web Services will be discussing the use of generative AI in industry, followed by a demonstration of AI and IIoT-powered flexible smart factory platforms from ICONICS and Mitsubishi Electric. The first day concludes with a panel discussion about implementing AI solutions in manufacturing.

Join us on February 28th for a spotlight on factory installation. Softing IT Networks will demonstrate how to identify and resolve common issues with end-to-end profinet cabling applications and discuss the challenges of field installation. Technical experts from HARTING will then present sessions focused on industrial ethernet connectivity in harsh environments, tested cable assemblies and engineering data and services.

The week wraps up with an in-depth examination of device design. Product experts from Belden and SICK AG will demonstrate how Single Pair Ethernet connects the field level to the network and Würth Elektronik will spotlight Power over Ethernet (PoE) in interface design. The week wraps up with an open discussion around cost and risk management in new electronic designs.

Sessions run from 8:30am until 11am each day and you’re welcome to join all the events or selected talks. Every session will also be available as a recording afterwards. To register and read a detailed schedule, please visit https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/harting-industrial-ethernet-week-2024

LEMO to attend Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show

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LEMO UK, a leading provider of high-quality connectors and cable assembly solutions, is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show scheduled to take place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from the 6th to the 8th of February.

The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show is an essential event for anyone involved in design, engineering production and procurement – the place to see all the latest in production hardware, components, consumables, and technology serving a wide range of industries including Aerospace/Defence, Automotive, Electronics Assembly/ Production, Industrial Machinery, Packaging/Handling/Logistics, Energy, Marine, Medical/PharmaBio, Mechanical Engineering and Metal Processing.

Visitors are invited to Stand C120 to meet the LEMO team, discuss their specific challenges, and explore custom connection and cable solutions throughout the 3-day event.  LEMO partner with a diverse range business across the United Kingdom and Ireland providing tailored services, from design support to full customer delivery, at its purpose-built 42,000 sq manufacturing facility in Worthing, West Sussex.

To register for your free ticket to Southern Manufacturing please visit www.industrysouth.co.uk

For more information about LEMO, please visit www.lemo.com

ODU-UK Ltd are delighted to announce that they have become members of Make UK Defence, the Trade Association that champions and celebrates the UK’s defence & security industry.

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As current suppliers to many of the UK’s defence & security OEM’s,

ODU Connectors are pleased to join their ranks in this organisation, with the intention of further supporting the UK defence supply-chain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODU-UK Ltd

tel: 0330 002 0640

email: sales@odu-uk.co.uk                 web: www.odu-connectors.com/uk 

 

ITSA Report year end 2023

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ITSA has released its final report on the UK connector market.

Members report sales up by 3% over 2022
however orders are down by 8% which is a slight
improvement on the last report. BtoB is constant
at 1.02:1

Headline statistics: –
• Revenues are up 3% versus 2022 indicating a small improvement.
• 2023 orders continue to be lower than 2022 (-8%) but BtoB remains just positive at
1.02:1.
• The UK connector market has remained somewhat volatile with key markets such as
Medical, Broadcast and Mass Transport declining between -20% and -40%, however,
several significant market contributors such as Mil/Aero, T&M and Utilities have
improved by between +5% and +17%.
• Distribution remains positive with growth of +5% which is a good indicator of future
market growth for members.
• ITSA estimates that the UK connector market will end 2023 up between 4-6% over 2022.
• ITSA members are cautious over 2024 and are expecting the UK connector market to be
flat or with minimal growth

see the full report here ITSA Report Full Year 2023

How standardisation for data centres can reduce costs and speed up time-to-market

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The worldwide data centre market is experiencing explosive year-on-year growth as our reliance on remote working, computer apps and the Internet of Things increases at a staggering rate. These changes to our working lives mean businesses and individuals need reliable access to data to allow them to embrace new ways of working.

As we become more reliant on accessing this data, it’s essential that data centres and their IT infrastructure run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and any system failures are repaired quickly.

Join experts from the HARTING Technology Group, Delta Energy Systems and ZVK GmbH on Wednesday 17th January 2024 for an informative live webinar looking at how standardisation for data centres can reduce costs and speed up time-to-market.

During the webinar, the panel will discuss how standardisation based on the Open Compute Project (OCP) can help to reduce the total costs of ownership (TCO). The OCP is a community with a focus on open source and open collaboration, which is committed to redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support growing data centre demands.

You’ll learn how standardisation helps reduce complexity and speeds up time-to-market. In addition, you’ll discover that space saving components can open up more IT space for computer equipment and how employing energy efficient connectors improves energy efficiency by up to 50%.

To register for the webinar, please click below and complete the simple form.

 

https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/how-standardisation-data-centres-can-reduce-costs-and-speed-time-market

 

ODU Connectors:- Data Transmission with Fibre-Optics in Surgical Robotic Systems

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Innovative surgical robotic systems are revolutionising precision and efficiency.

These sophisticated devices require reliable data transmission at tremendous speed and low latencies – only very special fibre-optic connections meet this high demand.

Challenges for Fiber Optic Data Transmission Connectors

  1. Miniaturization and Space Limitations: Connectors need to be compact enough to fit into tight spaces without restricting the robot’s freedom of movement.
  2. Robustness and resistance: The connectors must be able to withstand the physical stresses, such as vibration or accidental shocks.
  3. Cleaning and sterilization: Connectors must be designed to survive this process without sacrificing performance.
  4. Data integrity: There must be no data loss. The interfaces must ensure data integrity and ensure uninterrupted communication.
  5. EMC and Immunity: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is crucial to avoid interference from nearby electronic devices. Connectors must have immunity to interference while enabling high data rates.

As a leading manufacturer of connectors for medical applications, ODU’s connectors meet the demanding requirements of the MDR and IEC 60-601-1 standard.

ODU’s high-speed fiber optic connectors are perfectly suited for use in surgical robotic systems.They are compact, rugged, easy to sterilize, and offer outstanding data transmission performance, even in EMC-intensive environments.

With the help of our high-performance expanded-beam technology, the highest data rates can be achieved, together with extremely low attenuation rates.

ODU-UK Ltd                                          tel: 0330 002 0640

email: sales@odu-uk.co.ukweb: www.odu-connectors.com/uk 

Binder UK adds Genalog to UK distribution network

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binder, a leading supplier of industrial circular connectors, has appointed Genalog, the ‘design-in’ technical distributor to its UK distribution network. Based in Kent Genalog offer a wide range of electro-mechanical components, cable and wire, cable assemblies and associated complementary products for markets including industrial, commercial, medical and defence.

Graham Ellis, Sales Director at binder UK, says, “With forty-five years’ experience of supplying components to the UK electronics market Genalog not only have great experience but also bring added value to our customers with their design-in capability providing bespoke solutions. Being privately owned Genalog share the same values as binder which is still a family-run company.”

 

Binder’s circular connector product range offers standard and rugged power, control and data connectors for automation, industrial and medical applications.

ODU Connectors END-TO-END CONNECTIVITY FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLDIERS – New White Paper

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In the new age of warfare, the more battlefield data available to field commanders, the better.

If the real-time position of every soldier is known, as well as the exact status

of weaponry and the proximity of the enemy, then dynamic adjustments to

the battle plan can be readily made, potentially avoiding loss of life..

Today’s ‘Next Generation’ soldier has the equipment to make this possible.

A previous ODU whitepaper “Harsh Military Environments Demand Tough Solutions” discussed the importance of connector durability in the battlefield environment, and introduced the ODU AMC® Series T connectors, specifically designed for military applications.

In this latest whitepaperEnd-to-End Connectivity for Next Generation Soldiers

we introduce ODU AMC® High-Density (the original High-Density connector, in service since 2013) now with a new high-power insert – and the newer ODU AMC® NP connector – describing the roles they play in enabling secure end-to-end connectivity.

ODU-UK Ltd                                          tel: 0330 002 0640   

email: sales@odu-uk.co.uk                 web: www.odu-connectors.com/uk 

Join HARTING for the Termination Technologies and Tools webinar

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Selecting the correct termination technology and tooling is vital when it comes to connecting devices, machinery and equipment reliably and efficiently.

Join HARTING live on Tuesday October 10th to discover which termination technology to use for your application and how a smart combination of different technologies can deliver better results.

During the webinar, you’ll be given an exclusive preview of our new digital online service ‘Crimp Advisor’ and see the largest variety of termination technologies for industrial connectors, including our new Han® Push-In range.

The connection technology behind the Han® Push-In represents a refinement of the cage connection method, which is particularly well suited to field termination thanks to its speed and ease of use. It also expands the flexibility of Han® industrial connectors by providing an additional field connection method, allowing fast and uncomplicated assembly of connectors whilst ensuring consistent quality and robustness. As a result, assembly times in the field are reduced by up to 30%.

To complement the webinar, HARTING have launched the newly updated User’s Guide Termination Technologies manual. It contains a wealth of information to help you select components, install connectors and choose the right termination techniques for your application. You’ll also learn more about the latest technical innovations and standards.

To register for the Termination Technologies and Tools webinar and download your copy of the User’s Guide Termination Technologies manual, please click here:

https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/web-seminar-termination-technologies-and-tools

ITSA announces a new Media Supporters launch

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ITSA announces a new Media Supporters launch.

ITSA (Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association) has just announced that it has launched a new collaboration with 11 key industry media organisations to become Media Supporters of the association.

This tie up will mean greater exposure for both our media supporters and ITSA and it will further develop the relationships between the association and key media outlets meaning greater coverage for all.

ITSA media supporters now have a significant presence on our web site and our social media channels.

Commenting on this new initiative, John Biggs, Chairman of ITSA said “We are delighted to be able to link up with 11 significant media outlets which will truly enhance the exposure our association and members have in the UK” “This is a significant step forward for the association and we look forward to a long standing and mutually beneficial relationship with our media supporters”.

Here are just a few of our media supporters comments.

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ADVANCE is the official information resource of ADS – the 1,200-member UK trade organisation advancing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

Recognising the important part that connectors play in equipment manufacture, ADVANCE is pleased to support ITSA in their efforts to assist the UK connector supply-chain

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At Engineering Update we understand the crucial part connectors play within the Engineering industry.

We couldn’t be happier to be supporting ITSA in its efforts to improve the UK’s connector supply-chain.

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“CIE is delighted to be a media supporter for ITSA – the dedicated trade-industry body for interconnect technology companies operating in the UK.

As CIE approaches its 40th anniversary, we look forward to continuing this close relationship for many more years to come.”

 

September 2023.

Neutrik Group highlights its connectivity solutions for media content creation and production applications at MPTS2023

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The Media Production & Technology Show

Olympia, London, 10 – 11 May 2023

Stand #D25

Join the Neutrik Group at The Media Production Show on stand #D25 to learn all that is new in connectivity and discuss your project requirements

The Neutrik Group, Schaan, Liechtenstein; 8 May 2023. The Neutrik Group invites attendees at MPTS2023 to join it on its stand in London’s iconic Olympia where it is showcasing its expanding portfolio of signal and power connectivity solutions, across its NEUTRIK®, REAN® and CONTRIK® brands, covering the breadth of broadcast content creation applications and technologies.

Visitors can view a range of new products and discuss their specific needs with the group’s UK team. Among these are NEUTRIK’s growing portfolio of fiber optic connectivity solution comprising its opticalCON®, opticalCON MTP® and FIBERFOX HMA systems. In addition the group will also be displaying a range of new ‘airtight’ XLR and Ethernet chassis connectors from REAN, crucial in the manufacturing of lighting and loudspeaker assemblies. As well as new IEC/UL60320-1 compliant powerCON connector systems from NEUTRIK, an all-new range of high-quality portable power distribution products from CONTRIK features rugged protective construction and a range of advanced circuit protection features, including full CDC functionality and CEE32A high power capacity input and daisy chaining.

 

ITSA Members report sales up by 12% over Q4 of 2022

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Members report sales up by 12% over Q4 of 2022 however orders are flat and BtoB is 1.00

Headline statistics: –

  • Revenues are up 12% versus Q4 of 2022.
  • Significantly member’s revenues are now 13% over pre-pandemic levels.
  • 2023 orders have started flat over 2022.
  • Members key markets continue showing some market decline in Communications  and Mass Transport , however most markets have bounced back with Data Processing, Utilities  &T&M all significantly up.
  • Distribution remains a major contributor to members growth. 2023 has started with an upturn of +12% which is a significant indicator of future growth.

 ITSA members have enjoyed a strong start to 2023 with most technologies and markets performing well and revenues up 12% against Q4 of 2022 and ahead of the same time last year, however, bookings slowed again and BtoB was flat at 1.0:1.

The strong order book carried into 2023 should result in positive revenues in Q2 but there may well be a slowdown.

As indicated above, some UK markets continue to perform well with Data Processing, Broadcast, Utilities and T&M leading the way, all with significant double-digit growth.

However, this continues to be offset by declines in Comms and Mass transport both of which showed significant declines. Members Mass Transport revenues have now declined for three quarters in a row.

At a product level every area has grown in Q1 with only Coax showing a small drop. Circular connector products continue to thrive with another +13% increase in Q1 and are now almost back to the highs of pre pandemic levels.

Overall, 2023 appears to have started positively for ITSA members but with orders dropping we may see a flattening out in Q3/4, members confirmed this view at our April meeting.

There are conflicting market reports coming out now with the CIPS UK manufacturing index remaining below 50 and the IOD report indicating growth. There still seems to be a question over are we or are we not in a severe recession? The IMF have been less than complementary about the UK economy, but history has shown that their analysis is usually far too pessimistic.

Interest rates are rising but remain at a very low level and inflation seems to be easing, however, the UK is facing a considerable number of industrial disputes which is having a real negative impact on confidence levels.

2023 will certainly be a challenge but I do believe our industry remains resilient.

New Fischer KEYSTONE™ 6-port hub delivers easy connectivity and efficient power management for soldier-worn digital equipment

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  • The Fischer KEYSTONE™ power and data hub developed by Fischer Connectors is an innovative wearable solution to the tactical connectivity challenge.
  • Fischer KEYSTONE™ allows dismounted soldiers to connect and manage multiple communications and digital devices through a single hub.
  • Fischer KEYSTONE™ is designed to meet the requirements of soldier modernization programs and new soldier-worn digital systems.

Saint-Prex, Switzerland – March 29, 2023 – Fischer Connectors, the Swiss-based global leader in high-performance connectivity solutions, announces the launch of the Fischer KEYSTONE™ 6 wearable power and data hub for dismounted soldiers.

The new tactical connectivity solution comprises a 6-port tactical hub, Fischer KEYSTONE™ 6, a power management app plug-in for the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), and customized cable assemblies with connectors designed to meet Nett Warrior and NATO STANAG 4695 standards.

Fischer KEYSTONE™ is an easily deployable MIL-spec solution to the tactical connectivity challenge presented by digital modernization programs, i.e., more data, higher speeds, greater power and less weight in harsh environments.

Fischer KEYSTONE™ enables soldiers to connect and power their digital gear easily and reliably, and to efficiently manage the flows of data (USB 2.0 and SMBus) and power (100 W – 5 A max) through a single source controlled from an easy-to-use app on their EUD.

“The soldier is the center of the digital transformation in armed forces,” highlights Jonathan Brossard, CEO of Conextivity Group, parent of Fischer Connectors. “Our experts have tackled the soldier connectivity challenge with a Swiss-engineered hub which meets tough military standards. Soldiers already know how to use it – they wear it, connect it, and go.”

Fischer KEYSTONE™ provides military OEM integrators with a competitive solution comparable to the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Hub (NGH). Olivier Thormann, Fischer KEYSTONE™ Product Manager, explains: “Fischer KEYSTONE™ is a complete connectivity solution that meets the performance requirements of soldier modernization and digital transformation programs such as U.S. Army 2030.”

Fischer KEYSTONE™ is Swiss-engineered for MIL-spec digital connectivity with Fischer Connectors’ world-renowned technologies in ruggedness, sealing, miniaturization and data transmission. Main technical specifications include:

Featured for tactical digital connectivity:

  • Manages power (100 W – 5 A max) and data (USB 2.0 and SMBus)
  • Meets MIL-STD 810 and 461
  • Secure firmware
  • ATAK plug-in
  • USB-C bidirectional power delivery

Chosen for soldier modernization requirements:

  • Connects to Nett Warrior / NATO STANAG 4695 standard components
  • Simple operation with no training required
  • No maintenance or repair parts
  • Competitive multiport tactical hub
  • Manages all digital equipment for soldiers

Full technical specifications in Fischer KEYSTONE™ Tactical Connectivity Solution

ITSA contributes to BREXIT article in Connector Supplier

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ITSA are delighted to have been asked to contribute to an interesting article on the topic of BREXIT and its impact on the UK connector market.

Take a look at the link below.

Connector Supplier

ODU Connectors New Partnership Initiative to Support UK Market

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ODU-UK Ltd are delighted to announce that they have entered into an extended partnership with their distributor Genalog Ltd, so as to better supply the UK market with both connectors & cable assemblies.

ODU and Genalog have worked together for over 20 years and now both companies feel that, given the recent supply-chain problems in the UK, they now have the opportunity to assist, by offering their combined core competencies to improve support to the market.

 

Specifically, they want to exploit ODU’s recent technical developments in the

Mini-Snap© & Medi-Snap© product ranges, combining these with the long-standing full cable-assembly and value-added service from Genalog.

ODU Connectors:- A complete profession under stress

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According to the MLP Health Report 2022, even without the pandemic and other crises, a worrying trend is emerging, with declining revenues, rising expenditures and an increased shortage of professional health care workers. Good care is only possible with a sufficient skilled staff and it is increasingly difficult to recruit and retain them.

To combat this shortage, better working conditions such as more time for patients, the furthering of higher education and better remuneration are important.

On the technical side, increasing demands are also being placed on medical equipment.

A medical device now rarely operates stand-alone – it is connected to other systems and is constantly exchanging data. High volumes of important information must be available quickly, fail-safe and in a reliable manner.

No matter how technologically advanced, ease-of-use is a top priority. The risk of errors caused by misleading or ambiguous design elements must be avoided. Correct operation of the medical device is often a question of life and death, which is why it is so important that devices are safe, error-free and quick to operate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODU MEDI-SNAP®

plastic connectors are widely used in the medical sector, providing

high performance in the smallest possible installation space.

These connectors are touch-protected, fulfilling the requirements for 2 MOPP and 2 MOOP in accordance with IEC 60601-1. Available as push-pull or break‐away, each connector can be mated to the correct socket, with individual mechanical coding and with seven colour-options supporting safe and intuitive operation via visual mapping.

ODU MEDI-SNAP® connectors are available in sizes 1, 2 and 3.5 with the largest version providing up to 41 signal contacts.

Optimal ease of use with maximized patient protection, allowing users to focus on what’s important: The patients.

ODU-UK Ltd    tel: 0330 002 0640    email: sales@odu-uk.co.uk       www.odu-uk.co.uk 

ODU Connectors Digital options for connector configuration – simply easy

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Designers face a large range of options when creating interfaces for their product.  Whether for electrical signal, power, fibre optics, an alternative medium or a combination of all, the choices are almost limitless.

So, the main challenge for the connector supplier is to offer the OEM a simple methodology to find the ideal solution.

The classic way is for us to provide engineering support for in-depth design-in discussions. Understanding the requirements in detail and creating the ideal solution together is the best building block for a long-lasting business partnership.

However, some customers prefer to navigate their own way through the product offerings and expect easy access to technical data.

While print and online catalogues remain important as a complete compendium, search engines offer not only detailed product specifications for direct comparison, but also a selection of 3D files for easy integration into the clients own designs.

ODU offers both methods of design-in support and is also highly integrated into many external online platforms.

However, ODU’s own website offers the Product Finder,  This intuitive, easy-to-use system finds the optimal connector or cable-assembly and creates a data sheet.

Another advantage of the Product Finder is the identification of those products available via the ODU Express Delivery Service. Within 15 working days, up to 15 modular connectors or 150 metal circular connectors can be shipped worldwide.

Also, technical samples for design-in can be supplied FOC via this online tool.

ODU connectors – easy to find, easy to design, easy to order – simply easy.

 

ODU-UK Ltd    tel: 0330 002 0640    email: sales@odu-uk.co.uk       www.odu-uk.co.uk 

UK Connector Sales Up 10% Year-On-Year

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In its Q3 report for 2022, ITSA members have seen a 10% overall growth in sales, despite a decline in both the Mil/Aero and Mass Transport markets.

However, while sales have grown, both revenues and the book-to-bill ratio are flat.

Other Key Stats: –

  • Revenues are flat comparing YTD 2022 v YTD 2021.
  • Importantly, revenues are still at +8% over pre-pandemic levels
  • Book to Bill for the quarter was 1:1 but remains positive YTD
  • All members key markets continue to show growth, but with some notable exceptions.
  • Distribution remains a major contributor – now well above pre-pandemic levels.

Most UK markets continue to perform well with Communications, Data Processing, Broadcast, Utilities and Industrial leading the way, all with significant double-digit growth. Unfortunately, this is somewhat offset by decline in both the Mil/Aero and Mass Transport markets.

Whilst the UK connector market continues to face significant challenges, it remains remarkably resilient and as 2022 continues with positive trends in most markets, it will have been an exceptional year for ITSA members.

A copy of the ITSA 2022 Q3 Report is available: https://itsa.org.uk/ 

About ITSA

The Association originated in the early 1980s, as a specific interest group within the Electronic Components Industry Federation (ECIF), becoming the Connector Manufacturers Association (CMA), which ultimately stopped functioning around 2005.

In 2008, it reformed as the British Connector Manufacturers Association (BCMA), and was relaunched in 2017 as the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) to more accurately reflect the changing supply-chain activities of its members.

ITSA is the only dedicated trade-industry body for interconnect technology companies operating in the UK.

ITSA has a presence on several standards bodies, including BSI committees and RoHS compliance & exemption groups, like the Öko-Institut.

ITSA announces the appointment of Ken Appleby as its new PR & Communications agent.

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We are delighted to announce that Ken Appleby has been appointed to manage PR and marketing communications for the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA).

Says Appleby “I am delighted to be taking-up this new role with ITSA, helping to promote the organisation to the widest possible audience.

Although my engineering career has spanned many disciplines, a good chunk of my time has been spent in sales and marketing roles with both connector manufacturers and distributors.

This was a period in life which I most enjoyed and which also left a legacy of long-lasting friendships.

So, I look forward to renewing my connections within the industry and trust that I can leverage my press contacts to best advantage on behalf of ITSA”

Commenting on this exciting appointment, John Biggs, and Peter Hannon (Chair and Vice Chair) said “We are absolutely delighted to have Ken Appleby as ITSA’s new PR and Communications agent, Ken has a wealth of experience in the Interconnect industry, and we are excited at the prospect that ITSA will get even greater exposure and recognition.”

 

 

HARTING Technology Group exceeds billion Euro revenue mark

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The HARTING Technology Group has achieved a milestone in its corporate history by exceeding the billion Euro revenue mark for the first time. Despite adverse conditions, turnover jumped by 21.8% (€190 million) to €1,059 million, compared to €869 million in the previous year. Growth emanated from all regions and markets. In Germany, turnover was up by 12% to € 270 million whilst the EMEA region grew by 17% to €373 million. The Asia/Pacific region put in even stronger growth of 25% to €269 million and the Americas by an impressive 57% to €147 million. The number of employees was up by 256 to 6446, mainly due to the expansion of the plants in Mexico, Romania and the USA.

“We have achieved our goals,” said Philip Harting, CEO of the HARTING Technology Group. A year ago, he had thought double-digit growth was possible. “We delivered.”

In addition to catch-up effects resulting from the Corona pandemic, the main growth drivers were industrial transformation, advancing digitalisation and the development of energy-efficient production technologies and products.

“We want to develop new high-performance technologies and solutions for the connectivity of the future to meet the challenges of decarbonisation, demographic change and energy efficiency,” added Harting, outlining the technology group’s aspirations.

Philip Harting sees the company as well positioned. “We will continue to focus on strengthening our global footprint.” The group invested in the expansion of its plants in Romania, the USA, Mexico and India, as well as in digitalisation and additional development capacities geared to strengthening its core business. Record investments of around €80 million are also planned for 2022/23.

In order to develop new connectivity solutions, the company is also relying on strategic partnerships. For example, with Studer Cables AG, which the Harting family acquired in the summer. The expansion and strengthening of the solutions portfolio as well as the development of new connectivity solutions for transportation, machinery, energy infrastructure and renewable energies are other focus areas.

Philip Harting also emphasised the particular significance of sustainability at HARTING: “The expansion of renewable energy production has been an obligation for us, not only since the energy bottlenecks due to the Ukraine war. We have been consistently taking steps towards climate-neutral production for more than 30 years.” The company has reduced C02 emissions from 19,203 t to 1,556 t in Germany since 2010/11 through a variety of measures.

“We are taking responsibility for our environment and future generations. By 2030, we want to be climate-neutral at all production sites worldwide and reduce the carbon footprint for all upstream and downstream processes by 50%,” added Harting. At HARTING, sustainability not only comprises products, processes and production, but all areas of the company, for example, in training and employee development, in the expansion of our health platform for employees and in the extensive and far-reaching commitment to culture, education and sport.

With a look to the 2022/23 business year, growth expectations are considerably more subdued in view of the inflationary-recessionary economic developments and material and energy shortages. The development of energy and material prices will be decisive. “We expect sideways movement and will also have to work hard to confirm the result we achieved this year,” added Philip Harting.

ITSA were once again judges at the annual EIA awards held on the 27th October.

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ITSA were once again delighted to be invited to act as judges for the prestigious EIA awards which is an annual event run by CIE.

The event was attended by John Biggs, Chairman and Peter Hannon, Vice Chairman, and it was really good to see the continued level of innovation and development that is taking place within the Electronics industry.

Several ITSA members were up for awards.

 

 

 

 

We were hosted at the event by Catherine Hackett, editor of CIE (Components in Electronics) and enjoyed the company of fellow judge, Aneela Rose of Rose Media Group and also Stella Josifovska editor at Datateam Business Media.

 

 

 

This is the third year that ITSA have been invited to act as judges and we look forward in anticipation to 2023.

About ITSA

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.

ITSA’s vision is to be the sole representative of UK Interconnection Suppliers and to be a strong voice in influencing, setting and communicating quality standards.

The collation of statistical data on Market and Technology trends is a fundamental pillar of our association.

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.

Han-Modular® Domino modules from HARTING win industry award

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The new Han-Modular® Domino modules have received industry recognition, winning the award for ‘Cables and Connectors Product of the Year’ at the inaugural Instrumentation Excellence Awards, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Thursday 27th October 2022.

The Instrumentation Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate individuals, products and companies from the test, measurement, sensing and control sectors, so this award is a prestigious accolade for HARTING.

Domino modules represent the next stage of modular connectivity, offering significant improvements for flexible manufacturing, including up to 50% space savings compared to existing designs. Power, signal, data, or compressed air contacts can now be combined in one module and users can also fit more modules into one connector.

With the addition of the new Domino range, there are now over 250 modules to choose from and many thousands of potential combinations available.

 

 

 

 

 

Commenting on the award, Simon Asbury, Managing Director at HARTING UK, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have received the Cable and Connectors Product of the Year award for our Han-Modular Domino range. This product is the next generation in modular solutions and compliments our already well-established industry leading modular connectors. Han Modular Domino allows customers to save even more space and weight when configuring their connector and this in turn can reduce costs.”

ODU launch Robust, fast and scalable solution for mobile command posts

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Today’s global security challenges are subject to fundamentally new frameworks.

The emergence of new risks and threats, continue to affect the geo-political security situation. Applications with integrated C4ISTAR systems, such as the aircraft, satellites, ships, and ground vehicles, gather immense quantities of information.

The synchronization, consolidation, and distribution of the collected data usually takes place in specially equipped vehicles, or rapidly-relocatable container systems. These create infrastructure for emergency services within a very short time, even in remote regions. Mobile command posts or FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) require reliable data, signal, and power connections.

The ODU AMC® Series T  – is specifically designed for users and manufacturers of military vehicles and subsystems – easy to use, extremely robust, and scalable.

The Expanded Beam Performance version of the ODU AMC® Series T is an advanced fibre-optic connector system that ensures high-end transmission characteristics over a large number of mating cycles, remaining unchanged even when subjected to mechanical stress and harsh environmental conditions.          This connector combines the advantages of conventional expanded beam, such as insensitivity to dirt, scratching and vibration, with the low insertion loss of a physical contact (<0.3 dB for multi-mode glass-fibre).                                                                                           Compared to conventional expanded beam technologies, it allows three to four times the density of fibres to be integrated into the same connector shell size. Accordingly, the number of interfaces and overall footprint can be reduced, while at the same time, enabling the secure transmission of high data-volumes to be increased by a factor of four.

The ODU AMC® Series T also offers an innovative 3-in-1 locking mechanism.       The appropriate locking variant (break-away, push-pull or thread-lock) is selected for the plug at each connection point, but the bulkhead receptacles remain the same across all the equipment, thus providing total flexibility, according to the needs of each user. The reliability and flexibility of these connector systems, with separately sealed electrical and mechanical components. – combined with their weight savings, robustness and ease of handling – can be critical survival factors

ITSA members report UK interconnect sales up 20 per cent.

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UK interconnect companies are reporting that there are no signs of a let up in a booming market, for the moment.

According to members of the Interconnect Technology suppliers Association (ITSA) second quarter sales levels were up as much as 20 per cent over the same period in 2021, although adding the caveat that revenue growth had slowed slightly compared to Q1.

Bookings continue to perform well and some ITSA members reported that orders were up by as much 40 per cent with four key sectors – medical, security, data centres and telecom – driving the market.

ITSA members cited medical as a significant growth area – the slowing of the COVID pandemic has not impacted sales to medical equipment manufacturers. While sales to the defence sector continue to be strong, sales to test and measurement and industrial have levelled off.

Disappointingly, ITSA members reported a depressed railway market. Sales have fallen by 41 per cent compared to Q2 last year as UK rail companies continue to assess the impact of COVID on passenger numbers.

While warning of peaks and troughs, ITSA members remain positive about the final months of 2022. The book to bill ratio stands at a healthy 1.22:1, which they say, will deliver continued sales growth through the rest of this year.

Order books are strong as wary customers place longer-term orders to head off any lead-time issues. Another positive for the market is the willingness of ITSA members’ parent companies to invest.

However, there are clouds on the horizon with members listing lead times, material availability, labour shortages, higher employment costs, inflation, interest rate rises and political uncertainty as negative influences.

Looking ahead ITSA members’ sentiments suggest 2022 may be a highpoint and that 2023 could prove to be significantly weaker.

Commenting ITSA chair, John Biggs said, “Significant global events have occurred since 2021. In particular, the war in Ukraine and political uncertainty and instability in the UK are having a marked negative impact on all areas of ITSA members business. This coupled with rising utility costs, higher prices on incoming materials, shortages in the semiconductor market, and increased labour costs mean that our members are fighting many battles to manage their business and the growth rates.

“ITSA members, along with the rest of the UK manufacturing sector, continue to face huge difficulties in recruiting skilled, experienced and qualified people and have started to investigate innovative ways to meet their recruitment needs. ITSA will be producing a separate, special press release on this topic.”

S&P Global/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

According to S&P Global/CIPS data for Q2 of 2022 the PIM stood at 52.8 which is down on Q1 and is reflective of a general slowdown in the UK manufacturing sector. The PMI has remained above the neutral level of 5.0 now for 2 years which signifies sustained growth although at a lower level than a year ago, domestic orders declined in June of 2022 which is the first time since January 2021, and export orders contracted for the fifth consecutive month.

Price inflationary pressures remain elevated in the UK and input costs rose on the back of continuing raw material shortages, higher prices for commodities, electronics, energy, oil, plastics among many other items.

Contributors to this research now have a far more pessimistic outlook for 2022 because of all the issues highlighted above.

S&P Global/CIPS data is used by ITSA to measure comparisons in market trends and once again it independently demonstrates the quality and validity of ITSA’s data and members views of the UK market.

 

August 2022

Soaring Q1 sales kindles ITSA optimism for 2022

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Orders up 60%, sales up 40 %. That’s the upbeat message from ITSA (Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association) in Q1 2022. Members of the UK-based connector trade body also reported a healthy book-to-bill ratio of 1.22.1.

Although revenue growth slipped compared to Q4 2021, it is clear that the market for connectors in the UK and Ireland continues to be buoyant.

A raft of end markets drove business forward. Medical, Security Data Centres and Telecoms were the major contributors. Despite the lifting of COVID restrictions home or remote working continues to power connector demand from data centre suppliers. The medical market shows no signs of slowing while the pandemic exerts its influence and defence equipment has been lifted by the invasion of Ukraine.

Encouragingly the broadcast market, which endured a slowdown when live events were prohibited, now has a fair wind at its back and connector makers are optimistic for the summer months as live events and music festivals are reinstated into the calendar.

“It is great that our members continue to enjoy excellent revenue and order growth in Q1, however, this is against a backdrop of some real challenges, not least of which is recruiting the right skills and experience to manage existing growth but to also focus on the future,” commented John Biggs, ITSA Chairman.  “ITSA members are facing this head on and are implementing some key initiatives to mitigate this”

“We will be releasing a separate PR on this subject in the next few weeks”

ITSA members are encouraged by the positive start to 2022 and expect an outstanding year for sales. They are staying vigilant for customers placing multiple orders to mitigate lead times and stocking issues.

Connector makers are not immune to these problems. While members reported sales are now significantly ahead of 2019 pre-pandemic levels, they are grappling with the shortage of raw materials, components, and particularly cables.

Lead times are averaging 12 weeks, though one member reported an alarming three-year wait for product.

The inevitable rise on costs has meant some price increases being passed on to customers.

Market optimism is reflected by high levels of investment by ITSA members. Acquisition activity is high and new facilities are being planned and opened. These investments pick up on a trend which was in full swing before the pandemic hit.

 

About ITSA

The Association’s origin can be traced right back to the early 1980s when it was fashionable to include specific interest groups within the Electronic Components Industry Federation or ECIF. Being fundamental to everything that is technology based, interconnection was a natural choice for an interest group and so the Connector Manufacturers Association (CMA) was established.

Through several changes, the CMA became the Interconnection Business Forum or IBF which itself stopped functioning around 2005. In 2008, ITSA was formed by several ex. CMA and IBF members as the British Connector Manufacturers Association and was relaunched in 2017 to more accurately reflect the activities of its members. It is the only dedicated trade industry body for interconnect technology companies operating in the UK.

ITSA has a presence on several standards bodies where the aim is to influence both current and future changes to standards affecting the interconnection sector. These include the appropriate BSI standards committees as well as RoHS compliance and exemption groups like the OKO Institute and the RoHS umbrella group.

Editorial Contact:

John Biggs

Chairman

ITSA

Tel: 07768147677

Email: jbiggs.itsa@btinternet.com

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.

Electronic publications with PR

https://www.newelectronics.co.uk/content/news/uk-connector-sales-jump-in-2021

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

 

ITSA members end a challenging year on an incredibly positive note.

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2021 has been another exceptionally challenging year for ITSA members, with the pandemic continuing to affect all walks of life, our members have continued to adapt in order to maintain their businesses and protect their staff.

In many ways, regardless of how the pandemic develops further, it is unlikely our members will revert to the “old way” of conducting business for the foreseeable future if at all.

What the last 2 years have show is that we can adapt and be innovative about conducting business and continue to be successful.

We are now heading to the end of 2021 and despite everything ITSA members have enjoyed a bumper year with revenues highly likely to be back at 2019 levels, or just above, and even more impressive are the very strong forward order books. This has been achieved against a backdrop of not just COVID but also increasing costs in all areas including, incoming materials, energy and utilities, transportation, employment etc. We have seen the recent reports that inflation is running at 5% or more and this does not look like stalling without some further intervention from the Bank of England.

None of the above success could have been achieved without the support of our members loyal customers, suppliers, partners, and employees and on behalf of ITSA we would like to thank everyone for their loyalty and support in 2021 and look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in 2022 and beyond.

ITSA is incredibly positive about the year ahead and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2022.

 

Best Wishes                                                               Best Wishes

John Biggs                                                                 Peter Hannon

Chair                                                                           Vice Chair

ITSA                                                                            ITSA

ITSA sees connector orders surge

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Business is booming in the UK connector market says the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA). At its recent quarterly meeting (the first face to face for two years) member companies reported increases in sales between 8% to 20% year on year and UK orders are now up over 43% on 2020 and up 16% on 2019.

ITSA members’ book to bill ratios are now an average of 1.08:1 in 2021.

Overall ITSA members’ sales are up an average 14% YTD versus the same period in 2020 and even more interesting is that members are now tracking up 5% versus 2019

“Even higher levels of growth are being recorded in some market segments,” says John Biggs, ITSA chairman. “Test and measurement grew 31%, broadcast is up 32% and mass transport rose 18%.”

The medical market saw a reduction of 11% over 2020 but it is still up 63% over 2019.

Value Add sales surged again in the third quarter of 2021 and members are now reporting a growth of 45% driven by Fibre Optic, up 90% and Coaxial solutions up 67%.

Distribution continues to be very buoyant with sales now up 71% over 2021 and up 36% over 2019, and that’s a good barometer of market activity,” adds Biggs.

Future order books are strong, and ITSA members continue to experience extraordinary demand in 2021 but feel that this is not likely to continue into 2022 at the same level.

Costs and prices on the rise

This good news has to be seen in the context of increased costs affecting all industries – and connector makers are not immune.

Raw materials are more expensive, and transportation costs are rising steeply. For example, the cost of a container to transport product from the Far East has risen from £2,000 to £18,000 in the past year.

Energy prices are on the increase as are employee costs as companies strive to fill vacancies to cope with order demand.

“This is not just a result of Brexit,” asserts John Biggs. “Apart from increased red tape, Brexit seems to have had a minimal impact. The issue is a global one and everyone is facing the same increases in costs.”

This is also supported by the IHS/Markit CIPS report for UK manufacturing, which instanced supply chain delays, rising material and labour shortages as constraints on businesses.

While suppliers have absorbed some costs, price increases have been imposed on customers, ITSA members confirmed.

Lead times, double ordering a concern

A major concern for ITSA members is lead times

“They are having a major impact on member companies with some raw materials having up to 1-year lead times – although this is rare,” explains Biggs.

ITSA members are also concerned that there has been double of even triple order booking in the order pipeline. This could lead to cancellations in the future.

Covid could be a game changer

ITSA members also addressed the COVID elephant in the room.

Working practices have changed and ITSA chairman John Biggs revealed that most members believe industry will not return to the old way of everyone in the office.

“Many have implemented hybrid working policies,” he comments. “It would also seem that face to face sales/design/application meetings may not return to pre COVID levels but this did vary between member companies, whatever happens moving forward one thing is for sure and that is we have entered a different way of conducting business which will impact all members, their customers and the markets for some time to come.”

All members were positive about 2022 and beyond and most expected moderate growth to continue.

About ITSA

The Association’s origin can be traced right back to the early 1980s when it was fashionable to include specific interest groups within the Electronic Components Industry Federation or ECIF. Being fundamental to everything that is technology based, interconnection was a natural choice for an interest group and so the Connector Manufacturers Association (CMA) was established.

Through several changes, the CMA became the Interconnection Business Forum or IBF which itself stopped functioning around 2005. In 2008, ITSA was formed by several ex. CMA and IBF members as the British Connector Manufacturers Association and was relaunched in 2017 to more accurately reflect the activities of its members. It is the only dedicated trade industry body for interconnect technology companies operating in the UK.

ITSA has a presence on several standards bodies where the aim is to influence both current and future changes to standards affecting the interconnection sector. These include the appropriate BSI standards committees as well as RoHS compliance and exemption groups like the Oko Institute and the RoHS umbrella group.

Editorial Contact:

John Biggs

Chairman

ITSA

Tel: 07768147677

Email: jbiggs.itsa@btinternet.com

ITSA – Connector sales growth escalates in Q1 of 2021

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  • Member sales increase by 15% in Q1 compared to Q4 2020
  • Distribution, Broadcast and Industrial all show double digit growth
  • Fibre sales up 57% recovering the Q4 downturn
  • Circular up 28%
  • Value add recovers by 22%

2020 was, in many ways, a year to forget with the COVID pandemic severely affecting members revenues and BREXIT just adding to the uncertainty. The third lockdown over the winter just emphasised how unpredictable the pandemic has been, however, the huge success of the vaccine roll out in the UK has brought much needed confidence back to the markets and a far greater degree of certainty for the recovery of the UK economy.

A final agreement on BREXIT was reached between the UK and the EU late in 2020 and the transition has been far from plain sailing. ITSA has carried out a survey of its membership of how it has affected their businesses and the outcome of this will be released in the next few weeks.

A positive note relates to forecasts being produced for UK GDP growth in 2021/2 with 2021 expecting to see 5.7% and 2022 5.6% and unemployment reducing to 5.8%. Economists are suggesting that these forecasts may well be exceeded and that the UK economy could see one of the strongest recoveries in Europe.

Year on year comparisons are not necessarily reflective as the market was affected globally by a pandemic that had totally unexpected impact on every aspect of our members businesses.

ITSA Members report sales up by 15% in Q1 of 2021

ITSA members sales were up an average of 15% when compared to the last quarter of 2020 but there were some big differences between each member with the range covering +7% to +25%. With members enjoying a positive book to bill of between 1.04:1 and 1.06:1 over the past two quarters this bodes well for continuing improved revenues. With improved revenues and stronger long term order books our members could well enjoy a significant  boost this year.

Industrial, Broadcast and Distribution all see significant growth

With growth of 23% in Industrial, 20% in Broadcast and 14% in Distribution, three of our most significant markets are fuelling members revenue growth, however, Mil/Aero was flat which was a surprise and it will be interesting to see how this progresses into the rest of the year.

Value Add had a very poor end to 2020 but has really bounced back in Q1 2021 with both Fibre Optic and Coax improving by 16% but Copper Assemblies outstripped this by some way with an increase of 42%, this may be partly project specific.

Both the OEM and the Distribution sectors saw double digit growth of around 15%.

At the end of 2020 members were projecting a Q1 2021 being either flat or a small negative, this has not happened and for the most part all members are in a much better position than expected.

Overall ITSA members have enjoyed and extremely positive start to 2021 and most are projecting a return to 2019 levels by 2022.

With the current estimates of the UK connector market we believe that ITSA members represent 21% of the total market.

UK Manufacturing at a decade high in March

According to figures published by  HIS MARKIT/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI, the UK manufacturing sector continued to recover in March with a PMI of 58.9, The upturn in the UK manufacturing sector gained further momentum at the end of the first quarter. Output and new orders increased as intake improved from both domestic and overseas markets, however, the sector remained beset by severe supply chain and logistics issues..

Output increased for the tenth consecutive month and at the fastest rate since last November.

Higher output has been linked to improved order intake, the vaccine roll out and the planned removal of lockdown restrictions. New business was a key driver with levels being the highest for over 3 years. This demand is coming from both domestic and overseas customers.

Supply chain issues remained a constraint on UK manufacturers causing disruption of raw material deliveries, production schedules and onward logistics to customers all as a result of COVID 19 restrictions but also disruptions caused by post BREXIT issues at ports, carriers and low stocks.

Most manufacturers maintained a very positive outlook for the year ahead with only 6% expecting some kind of contraction.

Summary

2021 has started very well for all members and if all of the forecasts and projections are right then this year could see a significant recovery in the overall economy and markets. There is, we believe, a tremendous amount of pent up activity and with consumers having spent very little over the past 12 months we should see some significant activity in a number of areas including “Entertainment, Technology i.e. mobile phones, computing, white goods etc” and this could also be fuelled by a lot of people continuing to work remotely.

Investments by members parent companies continue and we have noted that acquisitions are being announced more frequently which is extremely positive.

As an association we continue to grow and enhance our profile and we have already gained another new Associate member in the form of Batten & Allen a component manufacturer.