US partnership: Leipold to launch electrical terminals onto the American market
Partnership agreement with ILSCO sealed at the HMI / Contract to initiate breakthrough in America / Resounding response from international visitors at trade fair
“We’re still quite a new player on the market for electrical terminals, so we’re delighted at the opportunity of contributing our know-how with a prestigious company like ILSCO,” said Leipold Group CEO Pascal Schiefer on the importance of this agreement. “This partnership will open the doors to the American market for us.” A family-owned company, ILSCO leads the North American market in mechanical power connector technology after a hundred and twenty years in the field.
Partnership to focus on power distribution blocks
The agreement will begin with a focus on power distribution blocks or PDB’s which are suitable for use in electrical panels and cabinets as well as control and distribution equipment for industrial applications. Leipold’s PDB broad range encompasses ten designs at six rated currents of PDB 160, PDB 210, PDB 220, PDB 270, PDB 400 and PDB 490, with three more in development.
The PDB terminals accept both copper and aluminum for US compatibility and are certified according to VDE, UL and CSA. The more compact versions are tested for 1,000V DC, and the larger designs are approved for 1,500V. The terminals have also passed UL SCCR testing at 100 kA and 200 kA level required for the American market.
Supporting the trend towards finger-proof conductors
ILSCO aims to follow the trend towards finger-safe power supply connectors with Leipold PDBs. “Leipold distributor blocks extend our product offering with an innovative compact design with high-quality construction,” said ILSCO President Andrew B. Quinn. “Leipold solutions are compelling in innovation, quality and technical capabilities. We look forward to an on-going productive partnership.”
About 85% of the electrical terminals installed in the US are not finger-proof, providing a great opportunity for Leipold. ILSCO will be marketing Leipold terminals bearing the ILSCO label. ILSCO has a strong and extensive distribution network which will be used to penetrate the US, Canadian and Mexico as well as the South American markets.
Positive trade-fair result for Leipold
Beyond the new distribution agreement, the HMI trade fair drew to a highly satisfying conclusion for Leipold this year after attracting a keen response, especially from international specialist visitors, to the high-precision expertise at Leipold’s newly redesigned Black Forest booth.
“We’ve been exhibiting at the HMI for more than two decades, and we’re taking in the trade fair’s international orientation more seriously than ever,” said Schiefer. This fits into the Leipold strategy with the medium-sized company based in Wolfach, Germany, currently expanding into the US market.
The Leipold Group manufactures precision components in copper alloy and steel as well as its own proprietary electrical components. As an industrial expert partner, the Leipold Group covers the entire value-added supply chain from development and production to logistics. Leipold manufactures goods for the automotive, aerospace and electrical engineering industries as well as industrial and home automation. The product range includes precision parts for fuel guides, sensors, control units and welding nozzles. Leipold itself also develops, manufactures and sells electrical components such as main line branch terminals and power distribution blocks from its Bünde location (HORA-Werk GmbH). Carl Leipold GmbH, the parent company founded in 1919, is headquartered in Wolfach in the Black Forest, with two other German locations in Dransfeld near Göttingen and Bünde near Bielefeld as well as Windsor, Connecticut. The company also has a sales office in the UK. The Leipold Group has a staff of around four hundred employees and reached a turnover of €67 million in the 2015 fiscal year.