Micro Coax Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Focus on Next 50 Years
Pottstown company has long history as a leader in radio frequency and microwave transmission line products, as well as composite EMI shielding materials
June 25, 2013 (Pottstown, Pa.) – Micro-Coax celebrated its 50th anniversary last Friday with a company gala at the Phoenixville Foundry in Phoenixville, Pa., including employees, retirees, sales representatives, distributors, joint venture partner, the staff and guests. In all, 350 people attended.
In positioning the company for the future, Micro-Coax recently introduced a new logo, a Proven Reliable theme line and will soon unveil a revamped Web site www.micro-coax.com.
“The first 50 years were an exciting journey, but the next 50 years look to be even better,” Micro-Coax President Chris Kneizys said. “We’re changing with the times and look forward to serving our customers with an innovative array of products.”
Micro-Coax originated as a department of a tubing company, Uniform Tubes, Inc., then was spun off as its own division, ultimately becoming a standalone company in 1999. In the past 20 years, the company vertically integrated and now largely focuses on flexible microwave assemblies and KEVLAR®-based EMI shielding products.
Today, Micro-Coax is a leader in design expertise as it pertains to radio frequency and microwave transmission line products, as well as composite EMI shielding materials. Clients include the space, military, test and measurement, telecommunications and aviation fields. About 220 employees work in the Pottstown facility and 35 in their UK-Joint Venture, Rosenberger Micro-Coax.
The company’s ARACON® brand metal-clad fibers are a signature product. DuPont developed the fibers in the early 1990s as a lightweight high-strength KEVLAR®-based alternative to traditional plated copper wire. Micro-Coax was one of the first to recognize the value of ARACON, incorporating it as a braid in space-qualified coaxial cables to reduce weight. Ultimately, Micro-Coax bought the ARACON product line from DuPont™ in 2006.
In 2010, Micro-Coax embarked on a major modernization project to both increase capacity and lower cost. As a result, ARACON is now delivering even more value to traditional customers like those who build space vehicles and it has created new opportunities for applications in commercial and military aircraft.
In addition to the company’s 50th anniversary, Lloyd Deery of Pottstown is celebrating 50 years with Micro-Coax. Deery was hired by the company’s previous parent company, Uniform Tubes in January of 1963. He was instrumental in getting the Micro-Coax division up and running, has held multiple positions during his tenure and now works in the TEFLON extrusion department.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Micro-Coax is a worldwide leader providing design expertise for radio frequency (RF) and microwave transmission line products and composite EMI shielding materials. Serving the space, military, test & measurement, telecommunications and aviation markets, Micro-Coax products have earned a reputation for the highest reliability in the toughest environments. A broad technology base allows Micro-Coax to quickly respond to customer needs with an innovative combination of coaxial cables, connectors, cable assemblies and EMI shielding materials. For more information, visit www.micro-coax.com.
KEVLAR® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company