Molex

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This article is about Molex Incorporated. For other uses, see Molex connector.
Molex
Type Subsidiary
Industry Electronics
Founded 1938
Headquarters Lisle, Illinois, United States
Products Electrical connectors, Molex connector, Optical fiber connectors, Switches
Employees 35,983
Parent Koch Industries
Website www.molex.com

Molex is a manufacturer of electronic interconnectors. Molex sells over 100,000 products, including everything from electrical and fiber optic interconnect solutions, to switches and application tooling.[clarification needed] Molex supplies a variety of industries, including the telecom, datacom, computer and peripheral, automotive, premise wiring, industrial, consumer, medical and military markets.

History[edit]

The company began by making flowerpots out of an industrial byproduct plastic called Molex. Later they made connectors for General Electric and other appliance manufacturers out of the same plastic.[1] Molex acquired Woodhead Industries in 2006;[2] the largest acquisition in the former's history.

On February 14, 2005, Molex announced its results for the six months ended December 31, 2004, that reflect certain adjustments to its results of operations for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2004.[3] In March, 2005, a class action lawsuit against Molex Inc. and certain of its officers and directors for artificially inflating the market price through materially false and misleading statements was announced.[4] In 2007, a settlement of $10.5 million fund plus interest was reached.[5]

In 2009, Hermann Simon mentioned this company as an example of a "Hidden Champion".[6]

In September 2013, Koch Industries purchased Molex for approximately $7 billion.[7] Koch indicated Molex will retain its company name and headquarters in Lisle, Illinois and be run as a subsidiary.[8][9]

Molex connector[edit]

The 4-pin power connector used in PCs commonly known as a 4-pin Molex connector. Yellow and red wires provide +12 V and +5 V respectively, with black wires being ground.
Main article: Molex connector

Molex originated a large variety of connector types and, even though Molex developed most of the connectors on a current ATX standard power supply, only one is commonly referred to as Molex connector, and thus is known unambiguously as a "Molex connector" in that context. That connector type is the one pictured, a 4-pin molex connector, which is used for power connections for disk drives and other computer components. An AT or ATX standard 'power supply' normally has multiple connectors of this type.

Color Function
  Yellow +12 V
  Black Ground
  Black Ground
  Red +5 V

A connector that delivers power has female pins in a male housing, as pictured; a connector that receives power has male pins in a female housing.

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