Belden Inc. is an American company founded in 1902 by
Joseph Belden in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Back then, the company was specialised
in the production of wires and cables. Shortly after its establishment, Belden
experienced its first major breakthrough, by creating flexible enamel
insulation for wire products called ‘Beldenamel”. This was the foundation of
the company’s early success. With this promising start, Belden started to grow
and expand. By the time of World War II (WWII), the company had shown great
progress and proved its reliability. This is when Belden completely shifted its
manufacturing to exclusively support America’s war efforts. At that time, the
company’s products were used in a variety of military machinery such as tanks,
airplanes, mobile radios, submarines ships etc. (Belden 2017). After the end of
the war, Belden identified the market niche for such high quality products.
Therefore, the company began to invest resources into R&D activities. As a
result, Belden established its leadership as a specialist in the wire and cable
technology manufacturing industry.
Belden stayed as an independent entity until the 1980s.
Then, the company went through a merger with a highly regarded manufacturer of
electrical products named Crouse-Hinds Company. Just a year later, the combined
entity Belden & Crouse-Hinds was acquired by the worldwide electrical
products manufacturer Cooper Industries. Fast
forward to 2003, Belden became independent once again. Along with its
independency, the company adopted new strategic priorities: Strength, Growth, and Expansion. In
line with its growth priority, in the following years Belden acquired a number
of leading companies in the connectivity and networking industry. This enabled
the diversification of the company’s product portfolio.
2.2 Internet of Things (IoT) and BELDEN
The IoT (Glossary)
can be described as a network of various physical devices, vehicles, home
appliances and ‘things’ equipped with sensors, software and network connectivity (Glossary). This
allows all these objects to communicate and exchange information. Currently,
there are around 20 billion connected devices all over the world (Statista 2017).
Thus, one can only imagine the explosion of content occurring in their surroundings.
This new phenomenon will continue to evolve overtime presuming that more and
more devices get connected in the future.
Moreover, there is also a vast expanding network of connections around the
globe – people to people, people to machine and machine to machine. This
network infrastructure controls roads, building, factories, energy supplies and
homes and has turned into a vital part of people’s lives. As a result of this evolution,
Belden has expanded its reach beyond just products and into solutions.
As already mentioned, Belden acquired several
manufacturing companies over the last 15 years. Some of them specialise in
connectivity products like connectors, distribution boxes and adaptors which
enable devices to connect to the Internet. Others produce networking products
like switches and wireless routers which allow communication. Along with these,
Belden itself produces a variety of copper and fiber optic cables. Combining
all this is how the company has managed to develop a comprehensive product portfolio.
This portfolio enables it to facilitate an end-to-end signal transmission.
Having this as an asset at hand, Belden’s aim is to help its customers to meet
the increasingly complex demand of their networks.