Qualtek Electronics Corp. (Mentor, OH) owes its success in part to the company’s habit of watching for and picking up new product lines and technologies targeted at the markets it serves. The company started out by manufacturing fan accessories but will soon be introducing a line of push-pull connectors for medical devices at MD&M Minneapolis.
Since founding the company in 1980, company president John Hallums has steadily expanded Qualtek’s offerings every few years. From fan accessories, the company moved on to add such electronic products as ac receptacles, power cords, and cable assemblies to its catalog. Having monitored the growth of the medical industry for some time, Qualtek has identified it as one of the largest potential growth areas and has therefore increased its offerings to this market. In recent years, the company has built on its experience with RoHS-compliant power cords to offer customers other RoHS-compliant product lines, including heat-shrink tubing and electromagnetic interference filters, which can be used in medical devices.
“The medical industry is a very strong, demanding market in the United States, and a major focus for Qualtek,” says Laura Yano, operations supervisor. “As customers are always looking for innovative, less-expensive products, our ever-expanding hospital-grade offerings are available from stock to meet these demands.”
Helping support and sustain its product line expansion is the company’s physical growth worldwide. Since 1980, Qualtek has opened facilities in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Mexico. Equipped with a range of automation equipment and technologies, these global operations enable the company to offer services for component sourcing and turnkey projects.