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Autac hosts ISO delegation on electrical and electronic standards

Autac positioned itself firmly on the international map this month when it hosted a delegation of Japanese visitors from international standards agency ISO.

Welcoming the committee was Autac’s Technical Director, Simon Pearce, who has acted as convener of ISO’s working group on connecting cables for towed and towing vehicles for some two years. This working group (its official title being TC22/SC32/ WG9) is one of twelve that fall under the jurisdiction of ISO’s sub-committee for electrical and electronic (E/E) components and cross-sectional specifications for E/E systems and components (SC32).

February’s delegation was led by Susumu Akiyama, SC32 committee convenor, who attended Autac’s Macclesfield site with two other colleagues from the Denso Corporation. With some 80,000 employees worldwide, this Japanese business is considered to be a powerhouse in automotive technology power. Joining them was SC32 committee manager Ayumi Ikeda.

The Autac visit is one of twelve taking place with working group convenors across Europe. It’s the precursor to the global working group convenors meeting in Milan in June where discussions will take place on implementing  ISO initiatives to future proof work in electrical and electronic components.

Assessing the potential of fibre-optic versus copper in vehicle wiring and the importance of 5G infrastructure are areas for keen debate in our industry.

As Simon comments,

“The Autac site presented the perfect setting to host this highly influential visit, particularly in light of our company’s ambitions in EV technology. It’s thanks to my experience at Autac and the market insight that comes with that (into plugs, sockets, wire, cable and connectors to name but a few!) that make me ideally placed to engage through ISO on the subjects that matter to our industry.

Assessing the potential of fibre-optic versus copper in vehicle wiring and the importance of 5G infrastructure are areas for keen debate in our industry. Hand in hand with this come requirements for cyber security in ‘over the air’ software updates and subsequent ethical implications.

Using my experience to help inform future industrial standards in this way is hugely exciting and forms a cornerstone of our legacy in the cable industry.”

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