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Only Connect: A review of interconnection in 2013



Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.The past 12 months have proven to be exciting, demanding, innovative and unpredictable, but that is manufacturing for you!

As this is my last blog post of the year I thought I would close out with a review of the stand out moments of 2013.

The year started with the continued use of CCA Cables used in cheap Far-East imports and innovation being the main theme, while we end the year on mostly positive industry news that more and more cables are coming back to the UK for manufacture.

Some of the stand out innovations are the HUBER+SUHNER RADOX anti-capillary cable, TE Connectivity launching their revolutionary Cloudsplitter connector system, and Alpha Wire expanding their EcoWire range of cables.

Samtec proved to be the Kings of Customer Service while Harwin invested heavily in their UK factory. As you can imagine TE won a bucket full of awards for their innovations while Molex and JST continue to expand their already massive ranges.

I am very positive about the future of Cable Assembly in the UK especially as what we are seeing is much work returning from the low cost off-shore plants simply because customer are letting go of the “cheapest price wins” mentality, and value + quality + service equation always see the UK well placed to take good care of our customers.

My hopes and ambitions for 2014 are that we continue to develop and innovate while remind the world that “Made in the UK” IS world class! As the underdog to the manufacturing powerhouse that is Germany we can believe in our ability to use their model of supplying the world with well-engineered and excellently-manufactured products that include cable assemblies.

Thank you for following us and reading the Only Connect blog posts and we look forward to bringing you all the lasted news and innovations in 2014!

Nick Locke, Nicab Ltd

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