Bognor Regis, UK Schurter has expanded its UK distribution channel with the appointment of Abacus Group and its has widened its EMC product range by completing the integration of the products brought in as part of the purchase of Timonta.
Kevin Turner, managing director of Schurter UK, said on the signing of Abacus as a franchised distributor, “Our partnership will ensure that we are reaching more of the UK's design engineers at the earliest stage of new product development, informing them of the benefits of incorporating Schurter's innovative solutions.”
Abacus was ranked top in Europartners' distributor listing by industrial sales 2002, an important application sector for Schurter's ranges of switch, connector and fuse products. The distributor has a nationwide network of regional offices and a team of more than 70 sales engineers.
Martin Books, marketing director of Abacus Polar said, “We are pleased to be able to offer both the Schurter and Timonta Trade Marks, which are synonymous with European manufacturing quality, to our UK customers.” Schurter already uses Rutronik, an alliance partner of Abacus, as a distributor in Germany and France.
Schurter's acquisition of Timonta last year was the culmination of a long term, complementary business relationship between the two companies, and enables Schurter to provide a wide EMC product range. Timonta had sales of over 6million last year and employs 100 people in Switzerland, Germany and the Slovak Republic.
Timonta, which was founded in 1972, has been integrated by splitting its existing products and as a result of the acquisition Schurter will add the single-phase filters to its range, including block filters as well as power entry modules with filters and the FGS range. These will be sold under the Schurter brand name, while high current filters including 2 and 3 phase, chokes and impulse transformers, innovations in the range with vertical integration, will continue to be marketed by Timonta.
Schurter is also offering customers kits to help them design-in lead free products. The company has determined that the use of tin and copper is a good substitute for lead and set up a project team in 1999 to respond to the EU-directive, whereby lead would be completely abandoned by January 1, 2006. Since last year the company has been successful at using alternative materials and processes, and testing these products in cooperation with its customers and suppliers. Schurter is now a supplying lead-free surface mount fuses for use in production.
Schurter is now run by the third generation of the founding family and has global sales of over £66million and employs 1000 people. It manufactures products in four major areas: IEC connectors, power entry modules and filters; fuses and fuseholders; circuit breakers; and switches and input systems including keyboards.