TE Connectivity is a technology leader that designs and manufactures the electronic connectors, components and systems inside the products that are changing the world – making them smarter, safer, greener and more connected.
In Christchurch, TE Connectivity manufactures cable and harness assemblies, assembles SMT and PTH-printed circuit boards, and provides systems integration of turnkey solutions.
TE Connectivity has the ability to provide ‘whole-of-business’ solutions. With a staff of over 100 in Christchurch alone, it can accommodate fluctuations in demand by cross-skilling staff in different areas of the business.
The company supplies New Zealand and Australian manufacturers of electrical and electronic products.
TE Connectivity Christchurch started as Hamal Industries, manufacturing cable and harness assemblies for the New Zealand automotive industry. It was purchased in 2003 by Tyco Corporation, which divested the electronics division, Tyco Electronics, in 2007.
Tyco Electronics changed its trading name to TE Connectivity in 2012 and is now one of the world’s premier manufacturers of connectors.
TE Connectivity is a global corporation with over 100,000 employees and 105 factories around the world.
In New Zealand, it has a 5000sqm factory in Heathcote, Christchurch, employing over 110 people. It also has offices in Wellington and Auckland that house sales and technical staff, who focus on the company’s broader portfolio of connectivity solutions.
Research and development
TE Connectivity Christchurch does not develop products; however, it does have a team of applications engineers and a team of highly skilled manufacturing engineers.
Roles within the company and company culture
The company has roles ranging from production assembler (including mechanical and electronic assembly), through to technician, manufacturing engineering, applications engineering, as well as the usual support services of purchasing, logistics, customer services and warehousing.
The company culture is very inclusive. It is driven by global best practice for manufacturing and guided by the TE Connectivity corporate version of ‘lean’ business principles.
There is a strong safety culture and a high level of commitment to employees and the environment. The company has initiatives around ‘wellness’ and staff engagement, and is measured on safety and energy-efficiency performance.