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Champlain Cable expands scope with U.K. acquisition

Champlain Cable Corporation, an AIAC Company, announced that it has acquired Kembrey Aerospace Limited (Kembrey), a U.K.-based company that specializes in supplying electrical interconnect solutions.

A press release said that the strategic acquisition will enhance Champlain's product and market diversification strategy. "We are very pleased to welcome Kembrey's experienced workforce and lineage of quality assemblies for the aerospace and military markets," CCC President Richard A.A. Hall said in the announcement, which noted that Kembrey and its subsidiaries will function as an independent division of Champlain Cable.

Kembrey Director John Gimson said that he was pleased to have a company of Champlain's heritage make the acquisition. In business for some six decades, Kembrey is located in Swindon, where it will continue operations under its name.

Hall told WJI that Gimson will continue leading the company, reporting to him. Asked if he had an any specific/likely short- or long-term plans for the company, Hall said that his plan was to "Run it as is, with managerial and fiscal oversight." Kembrey, which has about 70 employees, does not make any of the wire it uses but sources it for the harnessing systems that it designs for its customers, he said. Champlain has not previously supplied wire to Kembrey but likely will in the future, he said.

The Kembrey website notes that the company holds AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001 accreditations, and that its services include harness design and development; harness assembly; laser-marking; braiding, client support; subcontract manufacturing; maintenance repair and overhaul; and supply chain solutions.

Champlain Cable Corporation supplies high performance wire and cable to industries such as automotive, industrial, military and data markets with facilities in Colchester, Vermont, Leeds, Massachusetts and El Paso, Texas.

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