Powell Electronics is increasing the tempo of its expansion into the European market.
The distributor of connectors and more for high-rel applications including defence, aerospace and industrial has relocated to new premises in Dublin, enabling it to hold a large connector inventory and to develop significant value-added assembly services.
Technical staff have been added to the headcount to support design-in activities and a swathe of new franchise agreements have been completed.
The market push is being led Gary Evans (pictured), a seasoned connector professional who had previously occupied senior management positions at Harwin, Deutsch and ITT. He was appointed to redefine the Powell’s European business.
He has signed European franchise agreements with Glenair, Harwin, Amphenol Aerospace, Quell, AB Connectors, Lemo, Conesys and more.
Powell can now address the broad range of demanding connector applications with products that range from miniature PCB-mount devices to high voltage, high current hi-rel solutions.
Evans is also building a strong, experienced team to support European customers.
Andy Brayford brings 25 years’ experience and a vast technical knowledge of electro-mechanical components, to the new position of European Applications Manager.
Fluent multi-lingual commercial staff have also been added.
Explains Evans: “Powell Electronics is an authorised, QPL’ed distributor for over 50 military specifications with ISO9120 certification. We are building a base here in Ireland which will eventually match our USA capabilities, but with a focused service for European customers.”
Powell Electronics is a long-established distributor in the U.S. The company was founded in 1946 by Harold Powell, following his service in the U.S. Navy as an electronic technician.
Still a family-owned company, Powell employs a staff of over 200 people at 11 U.S. locations.
It has 70,000 square feet of connector manufacturing capabilities in its Swedesboro, NJ facility, which is certified to ISO9001 and AS9100.