Power management supplier, International Rectifier of El Segundo, Calif., has released an announcement that it will expand its portfolio of leaded products for customers in the military, aerospace and biomedical markets.
IR’s HiRel Business Unit has acquired a large portion of the leaded product offerings previously available from the company’s commercial divisions. The company has entered into manufacturing agreements with key assembly subcontractors to 2013, which combined with its own assembly capabilities, allows IR to offer customers of its leaded products long term supply agreements.
“As the number of suppliers offering leaded products continues to dramatically decrease, IR is committed to providing its customers in the military, aerospace and biomedical markets the peace of mind that their supply needs will be supported on a long term basis using the same assembly process that they have come to know and trust from IR,” said Fred Farris, IR’s vice president of sales and marketing, HiRel Business Unit.
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