About us

We design and produce electrical connectors for applications in harsh environments, where reliability is the top priority. 

We also produce specific connections to customer requirements (wiring receptacles or harnesses).

History

How it all began

Creation in Brittany of SAIB (Société d’Applications Industrielles de Brest). The company started off as a design office for ship equipment, specialising in the design of hermetic feedthroughs.

During World War II, the company moved to Saint-Etienne, Loire.  

In the 1950s, SAIB refocused on the production of metallic watertight electrical connectors for the military market, and more particularly the connection of communication and power cables.

From 1932 to the 1950s

First steps in the railway infrastructure

In order to bolster its offer, SAIB developed different ranges of polycarbonate connectors. For this purpose, the company integrated an expertise in plastic injection and mould making.

These new products enabled SAIB to access the railway infrastructure market, thanks to a close cooperation with SNCF (the French National Railway Company). Fitted with hermaphroditic contacts (patented by SAIB), these connectors soon demonstrated their high resistance to harsh environments, which still represents nowadays a significant competitive edge.

1960 – 1970

Broadening of the product range

Benefitting from its experience, SAIB extended its offer of connectors for railway signalling applications by designing connectors for different types of traffic detectors and switching motors.

The 1980s

Connectors for the railway rolling stock

Thanks to the reliability of its connectors for railway signalling systems, SAIB stood out from the competitors by developing new innovative and competitive products.

Creation of 2 ranges of connectors dedicated to the ALSTOM Eurobalise system, which is one major component of the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System):

  • Polycarbonate connectors for the beacon, which is positioned between the tracks.
  • Aluminium connectors for the antenna, located under the trains, subways, and tramways.
The early 2000s

Company takeover and expansion

In March 2005, SAIB became S.A.I.B. Connectique further to a change of ownership. This takeover was to pave the way into a new expansion phase for the company.

With its extensive experience and responsiveness, S.A.I.B. Connectique became a high-flyer in Nuclear Instrumentation, by becoming the first connector manufacturer qualified by EDF (the French electricity board) for the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) with its NU25 range. 

Its renowned know-how in the Rail Industry also allowed the firm to win a new business with ALSTOM, for the design and production of control connectors, for tramways ground-level power-supply systems.

 

Year 2005

New premises

To stay in tune with this expansion phase, S.A.I.B. Connectique built and moved into new larger premises in La Talaudière (Saint-Etienne suburb).

2011

Comeback into the Military sector, for Audio applications

The year marked a new step of diversification for the company, with a comeback into the Military sector, where it all began. Taking-over the design and production of both push-pull and bayonet lock audio connectors for military tactical communication networks, S.A.I.B. Connectique became a strategic supplier of Thales Group.

2014

New insights

S.A.I.B. Connectique joins the Rail Industries Group, along with the companies SNIC and SNIC Rail, in order to create commercial and industrial synergies and thus pursue its development. This growth is illustrated by an enlargement of its premises, resulting from an expansion of its workforce.

 
2020
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Our skills

With over 60 years’ experience in working for challenging markets, our workforce can boast a genuine “product quality” culture, acknowledged by many customers.

Our expertise enables us to support our customers all along their projects, from the requirements definition to the design and the qualification of customised connectors complying with the industry standards or specific requirements. 

This controlled know-how is based on :

  • The developments and designs of our R&D Department,
  • The in-house prototypes and mould making,
  • The in-house plastic injection and machining,
  • The follow-up of our subcontractors,
  • The assembly and wiring of our connectors,
  • A continuous improvement approach, relying on our skilled personnel and team spirit.

We can then ensure our customers of :

  • The greatest attention in the definition of their needs,
  • A high responsiveness in the development of new products,
  • An extensive reliability to meet the Lead Times and defined requirements.

Sales and Networks

Human-scale company with international scope, the Direct export business represents more than 40% of our overall activity, as we export to more than 40 countries :

To stay as close as possible to our customers and always providing the best support, we are pleased to collaborate with international channel partners, trained and familiar with our products, and aware of the local markets :

China :
SONRY Electromechanical Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Room 1703, Building 1, Xizi International Center, No. 898, Xiumen Road,  SHANGHAI 201199, China

support@sonry.com.cn 

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Spain :
VAHER S.L. Connectores y Cables 
C/ Malcampo 14, local, MADRID 28002, España
vaher@vahersl.com

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Israel : 
ELIMEC Electromechanical Engineering Ltd
1 Lishansky st., RISHON LE-ZION 7565016, Israel
RFQ@elimec.co.il
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Turkey : 
MAGENTA Technology Ltd.
Bulten Sokak 37/2, Kavaklidere 06680, ANKARA, Turkey
mustafa@magentatr.com

We are also active members of various professional networks and associations related to our lines of business :

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EDEN - European Defense Economic Network
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GIFEN – French Nuclear Industry Association

Quality, safety, environment

Certifications and qualifications

Quality being a prerequisite for our customers, it is naturally one of the pillars of our own company, both in terms of organisation and product quality. We have therefore been granted with the following certificates :

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ISO 9001:2015
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ATEX, with our NU25 extensions

We are also designers and suppliers for some top french specifiers :

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Environment

Bearing in mind that ecological issues are at the heart of today’s and tomorrow’s challenges, we have implemented various means and good practices in respect of sustainable development, in order to limit our impact, encourage responsible behaviours, and ensure the safety and well-being of our employees.

  • Waste management : selective sorting of all our waste,
  • Compliance with REACH and RoHs directives : all our products adhere to REACH and RoHs directives. We have implemented nomenclatures allowing us to quickly check all the constituents of our components everytime the REACH list is updated; and we keep on monitoring to ensure our continuous compliance with these directives,
  • Facilities : our plant has been built-up as per the THPE (Very High Energy Performance) approach, integrating inter alia a reinforced insulation, vertical geothermal heating / cooling, roofs designed to optimise natural lighting from the north / minimise artificial light and heat during the summer / integrate solar panels, a dual drinking and non-drinking water network to enhance the ressource,
  • Equipments : We use a 100% electric service vehicle and have equipped our car park with several charging stations made available to our staff and visitors.
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