Profile: Amphenol Corp (APH)
6 Dec 2013
Amphenol Corporation (Amphenol), incorporated on December 19, 1986, is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable. Amphenol designs and manufactures connectors and interconnect systems, which are used primarily to conduct electrical and optical signals for a range of electronic applications. It has developed a range of connector and interconnect products for information technology and communications equipment applications, including the converging voice, video and data communications markets. The Company offers a range of interconnect products for factory automation and motion control systems, machine tools, instrumentation and medical systems, mass transportation applications and automotive safety systems and a diverse range of on-board electronics. In addition, Amphenol is a supplier of high performance, military-specification, circular environmental connectors.
The primary end markets for the Company’s products are information technology and communication systems for the converging technologies of voice, video and data communications; a range of industrial applications, including factory automation and motion control systems, medical and industrial instrumentation, mass transportation, alternative and traditional energy generation, natural resource exploration and traditional and hybrid- electrical automotive applications, and commercial aerospace and military applications. It designs, manufactures and assembles its products at facilities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. It sells its products through its own global sales force, independent manufacturers’ representatives and a global network of electronics distributors to thousands of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Amphenol also sells certain products to Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies, to original design manufacturing (ODM) companies and to communication network operators.
Interconnect Products and Assemblies
The Company produces a range of interconnect products and assemblies primarily for information technology, voice, video and data communication systems, commercial aerospace and military systems, automotive and mass transportation applications, and industrial and factory automation equipment. Interconnect products include connectors, which when attached to an electronic or fiber optic cable, a printed circuit board or other device, facilitate electronic or fiber optic transmission. Interconnect assemblies consist of a system of cable and connectors for linking electronic and fiber optic equipment.
The Company designs and produces a range of connector and cable assembly products used in communication applications, such as engineered cable assemblies used in base stations for wireless communication systems and Internet networking equipment; smart card acceptor and other interconnect devices used in mobile telephones; set top boxes and other applications to facilitate reading data from smart cards; fiber optic connectors used in fiber optic signal transmission; backplane and input/output connectors and assemblies used for servers and data storage devices and linking personal computers and peripheral equipment; sculptured flexible circuits used for integrating printed circuit boards in communication applications and hinge products used in mobile phone and other wireless communication devices. Amphenol also designs and produces a range of radio frequency connector products and antennas used in telecommunications, computer and office equipment, instrumentation equipment, local area networks and automotive electronics.
The Company’s radio frequency interconnect products, assemblies and antennas are used in base stations, wireless communication devices and other components of cellular and personal communications networks. Frequent applications of the connectors and interconnect systems include aircraft, guided missiles, radar, military vehicles, equipment for spacecraft, energy, medical instrumentation, geophysical applications and off-road construction equipment. The Company also designs and produces industrial interconnect products used in a range of applications, such as factory automation equipment, mass transportation applications including railroads and marine transportation, and automotive safety systems and a diverse range of on-board electronics. Amphenol also designs and produces highly-engineered cable and backplane assemblies. Such assemblies are specially designed by the Company in conjunction with OEM customers for specific applications, primarily for computer, wired and wireless communication systems, office equipment, industrial and aerospace applications. The cable assemblies utilize the Company’s connector and cable products, as well as components purchased from others.
The Company designs, manufactures and markets coaxial cable primarily for use in the cable television industry. Its Times Fiber Communications subsidiary is a producer of coaxial cable for the cable television market. Amphenol’s coaxial cable and connector products are used in cable television systems, including full service cable television/telecommunication systems being installed by cable operators and telecommunication companies offering video, voice and data services. The Company is also a supplier of coaxial cable to the international cable television market.
The Company manufactures two primary types of coaxial cable: semi-flexible, which has an aluminum tubular shield, and flexible, which has one or more braided metallic shields. Semi-flexible coaxial cable is used in the trunk and feeder distribution portion of cable television systems, and flexible cable (drop cable) is used primarily for hookups from the feeder cable to the cable television subscriber’s residence. Flexible cable is also used in other communication applications. The Company has also developed a line of radio frequency and fiber optic interconnect components for full service cable television/telecommunication networks.
Amphenol is a producer of high speed data cables and specialty cables, which are used to connect internal components in systems with space and component configuration limitations. Such products are used in computer and office equipment applications, as well as in a variety of telecommunication applications.
The Company competes with CommScope, Inc.
358 Hall Avenue
WALLINGFORD CT 06492