Emerson Electric, the US-based motors and power company, has combined a number of its connector and cable specialist companies to form a connectivity group.
Vitelec Johnson, the Hampshire-based connector subsidiary, is to take a lead in the development of the group in Europe as it rebrands under the Emerson name.
Vitelec has been supplying RF connectors and assemblies in the UK and other parts of Europe for 17 years. The latest move sees UK boss Greg Dalton becoming European MD of the Emerson Network Power connectivity group.
The group includes Aim Electronics, Bond Technologies, Cambridge Products, Fiber-Conn Assemblies, LoDan, TSI and Viewsonics. As part of the reorganisation, Vitelec will add fibre optic connectors to its offerings.
Vitelec UK has 26 employees working in two buildings in Bordon, with a small sales operation in France. Dalton has started building a bigger team with two sales engineers recruited in the UK to handle fibre optic products.
Initial emphasis will be placed on high-volume assemblies from Fiber-Conn and the higher-end optical fibre and copper cable assemblies from LoDan.
Dalton said: “We have a huge opportunity with Fiber-Conn. Its competitive advantage is a proprietary process for assembling fibre cable assemblies, and it has developed a machine that does 500 polishes an hour compared with the normal method that handles fewer than 100.”