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Customer-Driven Interconnect System Innovation

Glenair is proud of the quality and reliability we build into our extensive range of interconnect solutions—from discrete connectors to complex integrated systems. Glenair is the biggest “made in the first world” interconnect supplier in the high-reliability industry. We are laser-focused on customer service and committed to being the easiest manufacturer in our market to do business with.

Glenair Culture

A Note from Chris Toomey, President
There is a quote I enjoy sharing with young people from Oliver Wendell Holmes (an old Bostonian like myself) about following rules. It goes, the young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. Now the reason I appreciate this wisdom is that it is so obviously true. As young people, we all do our best to understand and follow the many rules of society — after all, we have only limited experience of our own from which to form sensible standards and practices. But as we grow older and wiser, we come to learn when and where rules may be modified to best fit real-life circumstances. Some rules, to be clear, should never be violated, such as prohibitions against cheating or unethical behavior in business. But not every situation is so obviously black and white.Which brings me to the Glenair Guiding Principles — notice they are not called Guiding Rules — because if they were, folks would likely be breaking them left, right and 24/7. But as principles, they are simply designed to steer our business behavior in a positive direction rather than dictating every possible turn in every road. The fifteen original principles are illustrated on the Glenair Guiding Principles poster, but these are a few of my personal favourites:



  • Protect the reputation of the organisation
  • Bow to the customer's convenience
  • Pursue each task through to completion
  • Be reality oriented
  • Build win-win business relationships


Our Guiding Principles have been more powerful in establishing the culture here at Glenair — and keeping us laser-focused on customer service and ease of doing business — than any book of rules could ever be. I just love hearing my colleagues encouraging each other to "find the win-win," or to "bow to the customer's convenience." I believe our Guiding Principles are unique in our industry and that they have saved us from making many of the mistakes that can destroy even a great company. The inverse is also true: following these principles has positively made us a better company with a better culture. Want to know more? Feel free to address the topic with our professional sales and marketing staff in the field, or visit us at one of our many scheduled trade show exhibitions. Glenair is truly a unique organisation. Our conscious choice to favour principles over rules, or really trust over micro-management, is just one of the many differences you will find working as a member of our team. Ask around. We are a unique, privately-held, made-in-the-first-world outfit that truly marches to a different drummer.

Chris Toomey

A Unique Glenair Approach to New Product Research and Development

Glenair has the same goals and objectives as other businesses, but with a few twists that we believe make us unique in the marketplace. Certainly we want to grow and prosper in our industry, but only in a manner that brings true utility and value to all the stake-holders in our business— from customers, to suppliers, owners, employees and community. One of the key elements in our game plan is a relentless commitment to customer-focused product innovation. In fact, the ability to bring innovative products to market that correctly address customer requirements— from every technical standpoint as well as timeliness, quality, and availability—is a major hallmark of our business.

Glenair UK produces out of this world interconnect solutions!

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The NOMAD probe was launched on the 14th March 2016 as part of the European Space Agency ExoMars mission. Glenair was contracted in June 2013 by OIP of Belgium to provide interconnect cable assemblies for the NOMAD probe. The full suite comprised over 30 customised Micro-D harnesses and two complete production sets were manufactured for the project. The harness development was achieved using a combination of 3D CAD models and a full-scale rapid prototype model of the NOMAD structure. This engineering fixture was used to determine cable lengths, cable routing and anchor points and ensured the flight cables were an exact fit and could be installed onto the real NOMAD unit first time. All cable assemblies were produced by our dedicated team of ESA accredited operators. The fluid nature of the application and the short timescales for the project presented a wide range of technical challenges which required close collaboration and teamwork with OIP and an integrated approach to the project management, design and manufacture. Glenair is proud to have played a key role in providing interconnect solutions for the NOMAD probe and wishes the project every success as it continues on its exciting mission. - [Video Credit : European Space Agency] -