TTI recently said that it would cut cable, tubing, and wire to specific lengths for customers and coil what remains around smaller drums. The electronics distributor claims that the new offering will save customers both time and money.
“Buyers are always looking to reduce their costs,” said Ronald Velda, TTI Europe’s supplier marketing director for connectors, in a statement. “We introduced our connector assembly service some while ago and customers like the fast turn-around time – often 48 hours – and the production and inventory cost-savings that it offers.”
It is a surprisingly intimate offer from one of the world’s largest distributors of interconnects and electromechanical components. And the $2.2 billion business is still growing. Last week, TTI bought Symmetry Electronics, a wireless and video semiconductor distributor that will operate independently of its parent company, which also owns Mouser and Sager Electronics.
The new service includes printing words and numbers onto tubing sold by companies like TE Connectivity, Delphi Hellerman Tyton, and Panduit. The 46-year-old subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will also spool cable and wiring from companies like Molex, 3M, and Amphenol from larger onto smaller drums, allowing customers to buy only what they need.
“The new tubing and cable and wire value-add services target harness markers in all market sectors, delivering benefits including reduced [bill of materials], elimination of manufacturing processes, increased reliability, and high quality levels,” said Velda in the statement.