FCI OEN Connectors Ltd. is one of the country's major suppliers of professional grade connectors. The company is a joint venture with FCI (earlier called Framatome Connectors France). It was incorporated on the 2nd day of June 1981.
Located far away from the madding crowds of the city of Cochin in Kerala, on the outskirts of Mulanthuruthy, atop a hillock aptly named Electrogiri, the company commands a calm and peaceful milieu.
Way back in 1984, when the company commenced its commercial operations, the product range was limited. However, enriched by the technical backing of the joint venture partner, M/s. FCI France and its subsidiaries, also catalysed by the company's ever continuing quest for excellence and completeness, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. The result - FCI OEN Connectors Ltd. is today magniloquent of a wide gamut of connectors like Rack & Panel Connectors, Terminal Connectors, Flat Cable Connectors, Circular Connectors, PCB Connectors, Heavy Duty Connectors, IC Sockets etc.
FCI is the technology supplier of the company since inception. Now more than 97% of the shares of the Company are held by FCI Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore.
FCI OEN has 2 manufacturing units.
Immaculately clean and impeccably tidy, the factory today boasts of the most sophisticated and contemporary equipment and fully air-conditioned assembly area of around 32,000 sq.ft. The manufacturing process strictly adheres to the standards and specifications set by the collaborator so as to ensure that the end products match the quality and reliability levels set by the collaborator. No wonder, the products are well accepted by the market.
The Bangalore manufacturing facility offers Copper and Fiber Optic Cable Assembly, backplanes and Value Added business. Value Added products offer not only connectors, but also complete interconnect sub-assemblies (particularly cable assemblies and back planes). Fibre Optic and Value Added business will find increased markets in the future and therefore the company has identified these as thrust areas for future growth. The unit employs around 130 people.
Quality is a way of life and an article of faith at the manufacturing site. The emphasis on quality, a corporate obsession, is evident in all facets of activities in the company. No wonder the products of the company have been well accepted by the market and its name is synonymous with quality and reliability.
FCI OEN is certified to ISO9001:2008 & ISO/TS16949:2009 Quality Management System and ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management System. ISO/TS16949:2009 is an ISO Technical Specification which aligns existing US, German, French and Italian automotive quality system standards within the global automotive industry. It specifies the quality system requirements for the design/ development, production, installation and servicing of automotive products. Product Certification includes International approvals like UL , CSA, & National approvals like LCSO, CACT, DQQA & DGAQA .
The company has also received QPL approval from the Defence Electronics Supply Centre, USA, for manufacturing Circular Connectors; making it the first company in Asia to receive such an approval. This will enable the company to market the products in the US & European aerospace and defence markets.
With a central marketing office at Cochin, the company has regional offices in all major cities with field personnel carrying forward the work put in by our Design/Production/ Quality team. The penetrating style of customer service of the field personnel ensures that FCI OEN Connectors meet not only the required specifications, but also the adaptability with reference to each specific application, failing which suitable options are immediately offered.
The company also represents FCI in India since 1985 for marketing their multitudinous varieties of connectors and akin products.
The company is embellished by the many laurels it has won to its credit. This includes the National Productivity Award, ELCINA Award for Export & Quality, Kerala State Productivity Award, C-DoT Vendors Association Productivity Award, DOE Award for Excellence in Electronics etc.
The company won the National Award for Excellence in indigenization of defence products instituted by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. The Award was in recognition for the indigenisation done for Bharat Electronics in backplane assemblies including contacts for a military communication project.