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Conec appoints Astrex Conec has appointed Astrex as an authorized franchised distributor. Conec is a global connector designer and manufacturer of machined signal and power contact technology for standard, high density and combination D­subs, designed for high reliability and IP67 harsh­ environments and EMI filter applications. It also offers an industrial circular line of IP67 RJ45, USB, LC fiber M12 and M8 type connectors for industrial Ethernet and automation applications.

TTI signs with PKC TTI has signed a distribution agreement with the PKC Group to become the first authorized distributor of its component products, including power distribution centers, connection systems, terminal systems, and routing and retention aids.

The PKC Group designs,

manufactures and integrates electrical distribution systems, and electronics and related architecture components for the commercial vehicle industry and other selected segments.

Murrietta gains medical approval Murrietta Circuits has achieved full ISO­13485 registration for the medical marketplace. The company says that it is now one of the few companies in the nation that can offer a true full turnkey solution, from design through final assembly, with complete medical ISO registration.

CDM gains AS9100 accreditation

CDM Electronics has announced that its Turnersville, NJ facility has achieved accreditation to the AS9100 International Aerospace Quality System Standard. This standard incorporates the entirety of ISO 9001:2008 along with approximately 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace product safety and reliability. Rev. C is the most recent revision to the standard, which relates to the stringent demands of the defense and commercial aerospace industry.

The AS9100 standard provides

companies with a comprehensive quality management system (QMS), developed expressly for the aerospace industry, and is recognized by all major aerospace OEMs. It directly influences the requirements for product configuration management, product design, purchasing, product realization and product monitoring/measurement.

CDM's Turnersville facility specializes in

maintaining an extensive inventory of standard and specialty connectors including circular, MIL­Spec, DIN, power, ProfiBus, rectangular, and RF devices. Also located at the facility is CDM's value­added services division, which performs mission critical cable assembly, custom cable assembly, military cable assembly, power cable assembly and box builds. 8 | February 2014

Memory sales drive market recovery

Following a 2.5 per cent decline in 2012, the global semiconductor market recovered in 2013, with revenue expanding by nearly five per cent because of the strong performance of the memory sector.

Global semiconductor sales in 2013

amounted to $317.9 billion, up from $302.9 billion in 2012, according to preliminary estimates from the Semiconductor Value Chain Service at IHS. Growth was driven by the strong expansion of the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets. Without these two sectors, the semiconductor industry’s growth in 2013 would have been zero.

Partly because of its success in these

markets, US­based Micron Technology grew by an industry­leading 109.2 percent, moving it from number 10 to number four in the rankings. Also benefiting from the memory boom was SK Hynix of South Korea, whose chip revenue grew by 48.7 per cent in 2013. The company jumped to number five, up from number seven in 2012. This performance is all the more outstanding since it was entirely driven by organic sales growth and not by any acquisitions. Ametherm doubles US manufacturing capacity

Ametherm, a manufacturer of thermistors and other electronic components for circuit protection, has doubled the size of its manufacturing plant with a newly purchased 36,000ft2

In an industry where Asia­sourced

components dominate, Ametherm manufactures all its products in the US, at its new facility and at a smaller Carson City plant that was its headquarters from 1994 until recently.

"Our new plant represents an

investment in Ametherm's future and a fulfillment of our immediate requirements for additional space following on our acquisition last month of the Surge­Gard inrush current limiter product line from Measurement Specialties," said Eric Rauch, president and CEO of Ametherm. "It also stands as a statement of our faith and success in manufacturing in the United

Ametherm’s new Carson City facility

States, which we have done successfully for nearly 20 years and began doing at a time when many in this industry were offshoring their operations." facility on Carson City's east side.

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