With a 50-plus year history of leadership, TE Connectivity is a global, $12.1 billion company that designs and manufactures over 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry—from consumer electronics, energy and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks—enabling smarter, faster, better technologies to connect products to possibilities.
TE Connectivity’s rich history is based on two great companies, each with impressive engineering prowess and heritage. AMP Incorporated, founded in 1941, developed a solderless method of attaching electrical terminals to wire which improved connection consistency and manufacturing efficiency. For 50-plus years, AMP led the fast-paced connector industry and was the leading maker of terminals, connectors and related products – components found in virtually any finished electronic device from toasters to supercomputers. The company was quick to adopt a global strategy, first establishing operations in France in 1952 and Japan in 1956. By the late 1990’s, AMP’s global footprint extended to over 50 countries and annual sales exceeded US$5 billion.
Raychem Corporation, established in 1957, had as its basis the then-new field of radiation chemistry technology (hence Raychem), which company founders combined with expertise in materials science to develop products such as aircraft wire and heat-shrinkable tubing. Raychem later applied these core technologies to introduce more products, including innovative circuit protection products that could automatically reset after circuit faults were cleared.
In 1999, AMP merged with Tyco International Ltd. Later that same year, Raychem was acquired. These two electronics industry leaders combined to form the basis of Tyco Electronics. Over the next two years, more strategic acquisitions broadened the company’s product portfolio to encompass electronics and electrical components and systems spanning over 20 distinct product categories. Today, the portfolio includes not only connectors, but also relays, fiber optics, circuit protection devices, and touchscreens – encompassing approximately half a million different part numbers. No other supplier matches the array of products and services that Tyco Electronics offers.
Tyco Electronics spun off from Tyco International in June 2007 and became an independent stand-alone company. In March 2011, Tyco Electronics changed its name to TE Connectivity to better reflect the products and solutions it provides to customers. Keeping focused on the customer, TE Connectivity now operates in over 50 countries, with manufacturing facilities in approximately 20 countries strategically located close to customers’ facilities. While there has been a shift of manufacturing operations to emerging regions such as China and Eastern Europe, the company’s strategy maintains a well-balanced operating presence in all three major regions of the world.
Notable historical fast facts:
- The Crompton Instrument line of power measurement instrumentation has roots back to 1881, when Crompton & Co. was founded in Chelmsford, Essex, UK.
- Potter & Brumfield relays were created in 1934, when founders Elbert Potter and Richard Brumfield could not purchase a sufficiently reliable product for their needs.
- In 1941, Aircraft-Marine Products, Inc. - later to become AMP Incorporated - was founded based on Uncas A. Whitaker’s solderless crimping technology for terminating wires and connectors.
- The famous Slinky® spring toy, introduced in 1945, was enhanced by adding an AMP electrical splice to mechanically secure the free ends of the coil spring.
- Introduction of electrical terminals in continuous strip form in 1954, paired with automatic crimping machines such as the AMP-O-MATER, allowed users to increase production rates and produce thousands of quality inspected wire terminations per hour.
- In 1964, the age-old art of glass blowing was employed to produce KILOVAC hermetically sealed high-voltage relays for use in defibrillators, space stations and other high-reliability applications.
- Producing some of the first touchscreen devices in the mid 1970’s, the Elographics company (now TE Connectivity’s Elo TouchSystems brand) developed and patented a resistive touch technology in 1977, versions of which remain popular today.
- In 1984, Precision Interconnect developed coaxial cable nearly as thin as a human hair. This new standard in ultra-miniature coax enabled producing highly flexible 128-conductor ultrasound cable assemblies for use in diagnostic medical equipment.
- TE introduced its new MultiGig RT high-density, high-speed connector in 2002 for use in computer, networking and communications equipment. This innovative approach utilized robust printed circuit board “wafers” to replace conventional pin and socket electrical contacts that could bend during installation. The design also enabled customization of the wafers’ circuit paths to meet customer-specific performance requirements.
- In 2003, TE was the first company to develop a fiber-optic connector with 72 fibers in a single compact housing. This marvel of engineering was not much larger than AMP’s original single-fiber connector, which was introduced in 1975. Ten years before its development, industry engineers deemed it “impossible”.
- In 2006, Elo TouchSystems introduced breakthrough Acoustic Pulse Recognition (APR) touch-screen technology. APR can determine finger or stylus location on a touch screen by recognizing the sound created when glass is touched at a given position.
- In 2007, TE became an independent, publicly traded company whose common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “TEL.”
- From 1986 to 2009, TE Subsea Communications (TE SubCom) laid enough undersea cable to circle the earth over 10 times – that’s 420,000 km or 262,500 miles of cable. Undersea fiber optic cables form the backbone of the international communications network, enabling the global transfer of data for media such as television, telephone and the Internet.
- In 2010, TE acquired ADC – a leading global provider of connectivity products for wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast and enterprise networks. The addition of ADC expanded Tyco Electronics’ network solutions offering and added Distributed Antenna System (DAS) products for the wireless market.