HARTING garners “Innovator of the Year” award

The HARTING Technology Group has long been known as an innovative company. Now HARTING has been honoured as "Innovator of the Year" in an award ceremony in Munich. HARTING garnered the award from DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK trade magazine in the electromechanics category for its ix Industrial® connector. The connector was jointly developed by the Espelkamp-based family-owned business together with Japan’s HIROSE technology group and placed on the market.

In response to the challenging and growing demand for global digitalization technology, HIROSE and HARTING agreed last year to team up and bundle their strengths. The result is the jointly developed ix Industrial® – a miniaturized Ethernet interface for high data rates. Together, both partners have standardized the new ix Industrial® mating face to IEC/PAS 61076-3-124. This standardization gives users investment security and, thanks to a broad technological base, consistently the right contact for future applications in the “Internet of Things”.

Trade medium DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK had announced the "Innovator of the Year" competition in a total of eight categories (electromechanics, digital technology, chip production, analogue technology, measurement technology, optoelectronics, passive components, and services). Over 1,500 readers participated in the online voting.

Jonas Diekmann (links) und Kilian Schmale (Zweiter von links) nahmen stellvertretend für das Unternehmen die Auszeichnung zum „Innovator des Jahres“ in München entgegen. Auch Armin Deinzer, Strategic Sales Manager EMEA (HIROSE), und Joachim Klawonn, Business Development Manager Industry (HIROSE, rechts), freuten sich über den Preis.

The award was accepted by Kilian Schmale, Head of Industry Segment Management & Marketing, and Jonas Diekmann, Technical Editor (both from the subsidiary HARTING Electronics). "We’re pleased with this award. The ix Industrial® is the new standard interface for our customers’ Ethernet applications when it comes to industrial automation, transportation and building cabling," Schmale said. "Cables and connectors must be smaller, more powerful, and at the same time more robust," added Diekmann.