The original E-tec manufacturing unit was founded in Switzerland in 1973 to produce precision pins for the watch industry.
Then during the early 1980's the management of the company identified the emerging opportunities in the electronics industry and diversified their products; manufacturing precision-turned connector pins for use in IC sockets and board-to-board connectors systems. In 1993 in response to growing demand for stamped and formed pin products, E-tec opened its first factory in Taiwan to manufacture PLCC's, Pin Headers, Female Headers, D-Subs and Switches; and then in 2001 E-tec transferred the manufacture of key low cost products to factories in mainland China.
E-tec also offers design and manufacturing flexibility for customers that may require bespoke parts, and is able to offer standard and custom parts from 0.3mm pitch and above. E-tec boasts in-house design and engineering support from its Swiss, Taiwanese and Chinese production locations, each of which is fully ISO9002:2008 accredited.
E-tec now offers a spectrum of precision turned pin as well as low-cost stamped and formed connector solutions including DIP Switches, IC Sockets and Connectors, IC Test Sockets, PCB Connectors, Flat-Flex Cable and Connectors, Card Edge Connectors, D-Sub and I/O Connectors, Single- and Multi-port Modular Jacks, RF/COAX Connectors and Accessories, Cable Assembly and Accessories, and Networking Solutions.
Over the extended period of association with E-tec, Gateway has offered support to a wide range of customers that use standard E-tec products as well as assisting several large OEM customers resolve their bespoke connector component requirements as well as mitigate product obsolescence threats by designing effective and competitive product solutions with the support of E-tec.
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