Connector Supplier recently spoke with Joe Venturella, TTI Vice President, Transportation Business Unit, and asked how buyers in the transportation section can best prepare for 2015. Here are some of the things Venturella sees coming in the new year.
CS - Do you have a general outlook for 2015?
JV - We see continued growth in the transportation market segment for 2015. Our automotive business, which is primarily via automated replenishment programs, has been very robust in 2014. We see this continuing for the coming year.
CS - Any particular areas or industries that look like they will be growth areas?
JV - The commercial vehicle market, which for us is really everything other than passenger car and light truck, looks very good in 2015. We have had many product design wins in this segment in the past few years that will be going into production in the coming year. We’ve created customized supply chain solutions that will ensure continuing productivity for the life of those programs. We are also seeing an uptick in the rail and electric vehicle markets.
CS- Are there specific technologies you see growing?
JV - Enhancements to information and entertainment systems are driving the growth of high-speed connectors for vehicles like the USB 3.0. This is not limited to passenger cars. These connectors are being designed into almost every vehicle including combines and tractors. We are even working on a stacked USB connector for a golf cart company. Golfers want to be able to charge their electronic gear as they work their way around the course. A couple of our key suppliers are bringing new products to the market for this growing demand.
CS – Any tips for connector engineers as they get ready for 2015?
JV - Partner with a distributor who understands the Transportation market. TTI is a specialty distributor and we represent the industry leading, premier suppliers for this market segment around the globe. Reach out to us and let us help you with your design. Our team of transportation field application engineers will help provide guidance and insight when you are looking for unique solutions. We have a very good web site (www.ttiinc.com/transportation) with an embedded transportation microsite to help designers with data sheets, application notes and white papers. Our subsidiary, Mouser Electronics, offers very fast service for small quantities and prototype requirements.
CS – What should buyers understand moving into 2015?
JV – We are starting to see some changes in market forecasts and that may lead to increased lead times. If you are a buyer in the transportation industry, there has never been a more important time to solidify your distributor relationship. In addition to protecting you against volatility in the supply chain that can cause shortages and unavailability, a good supply chain partner will enable you to take advantage of spikes in demand for you products. At TTI we are famous for our broad and deep inventory, but we are equally proud of our customized supply chain solutions that keep our customer’s manufacturing lines humming and never allow a line down situation.
This article reprinted courtesy of Connector Supplier, where it originally appeared in Volume X, Issue 21, November 18, 2014. To subscribe to Connector Supplier go to: http://www.connectorsupplier.com/subscribe