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1998: BCcomponents is spun off from Philips Electronics

After emerging from the Philips Electronics Passive Components division, BCcomponents (Beyschlag Centralab components), starting in1999, seeks to establish its presence in the marketplace. While maintaining the rights to several brands (e.g., Beyschlag and Centralab) and losing the right to continue under the Philips brand, the company puts great effort into establishing BCc and BCcomponents as known brands. Building upon the tradition of excellence associated with Beyschlag, Philips, and Centralab, BCcomponents is a global supplier of passive components, including leaded metal film resistors, leaded metal glaze resistors, thermistors, varistors, variable resistors, ceramic capacitors, aluminum capacitors, and film capacitors.

With headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, BCcomponents has plants in Europe, North America, India, Taiwan, and China. Its tradition of excellence includes the development of several products, some of which became industry standards, such as SMD mini-MELF resistors (now branded Vishay Beyschlag), miniaturized interference suppression film capacitors, SMD PTC thermistors, thin film resistor chips, and a range of aluminum capacitors with industry-leading temperature capabilities in SMD and leaded configurations. BCcomponents restructures several parts of its portfolio, as well as its manufacturing sites (the move of ceramic capacitors from Taiwan to China – the closure of BCc Taiwan – the move of fixed leaded resistors from the Netherlands to India – the closure of BCc Roermond – and the spin-off of its potentiometer and trimmer activity in Roeselare, Belgium). Resale programs to complete the BCc portfolio in the SMD range with thick film chip resistors and MLCCs, and for commodity leaded resistors, are established with various partners, mainly Asian.

2002: Vishay acquires BCcomponents

The acquisition of BCcomponents, former passive components businesses of Philips Electronics (the Netherlands) and Beyschlag (Germany), greatly enhances Vishay's global market position. The former BCcomponents product portfolio is now divided into Vishay Beyschlag and Vishay BCcomponents. Products branded Vishay Beyschlag include thin film and carbon film MELF resistors, thin film and cermet film chip resistors, and leaded metal film and carbon film resistors. Product developments include thin film chip arrays and thin and thick film chip fuses. Products branded Vishay BCcomponents include leaded metal film and metal glaze resistors, non-linear and variable components, and ceramic, aluminum, and film capacitors. Product developments include various SMD styles of non-linear PTC and NTC thermistors, safety leaded ceramic capacitors, high-performance aluminum capacitors, and power film capacitors. In addition to these integration and consolidation efforts, all BCc product lines find new growth opportunities through product development and new market segment penetration. After the Vishay acquisition, Vishay's Non-Linear Resistors (NLR) subdivision submits two patent applications for an NTC element that works up to 900 °C and a thermal switch that works as a thermal safety component.

Immediately after the acquisition of BCcomponents, integration is started. The sales and management functions of BCc are rapidly absorbed into the Vishay organization. The industrial integration provides a lot of room to restructure, and this results in:

1. Integration of the fixed resistors activities of BCc and Beyschlag with the Vishay Draloric lines into a newly formed division, Vishay Draloric/Beyschlag Resistors. Leaded resistors are moved from Heide, Germany to the Czech Republic and integrated with Vishay Draloric production. A large thin film expansion is executed in Vishay's Israel production center for resistors in Be'er Sheva. The BCc India site is now producing leaded fixed resistor and wirewound resistor product lines from both Vishay Beyschlag and Vishay Draloric in a newly added building.

2. The integration of BCc's non-linear product lines with the Vishay Dale thermistors (NTC -- Mexico) and Vishay Cera-Mite (PTC – Grafton, Wisconsin) lines into a new subdivision. While keeping Evere as a competence center, BCc production there is closed and moved to Germany, China, and Israel. Grafton is closed and moved into Germany (front end operations) and the Vishay BCc site in Danshui, China (back-end operations).

3. The integration of BCc's ceramic capacitor lines with Vishay's Draloric, Roederstein, and Cera-Mite lines. BCc's Chinese production center in Danshui benefits from in-house ceramic powder production (Germany), and Automotive MLCCs (Vishay Vitramon in Israel). Automotive-qualified axial and radial through-hole multilayer capacitors are designed in by major automotive players for EMI filtering applications.

4. Establishment of a new sub-division of Film Capacitors by merging the BCc and Vishay Roederstein brands. In consecutive restructuring, the BCc sites of Roeselare and Shanghai are closed. Also, several Vishay sites are closed (two in Germany, one in the Czech Republic, and one in the USA). Product portfolios are merged and equipment in many cases now produces both Vishay BCc and Vishay Roederstein products. This results in production in the remaining site in Portugal and a large expansion in the former BCc India site.

5. Establishment of a new sub-division of Aluminum Capacitors, merging BCc manufacturing-based lines and Vishay resale-based activity.

6. The former BCc site in India opens a new production building for Vishay's ESTA Power Film Capacitors division (and undergoes another expansion in 2011).

7. The former BCc site in Danshui, China now provides complete backend operations for molded tantalum capacitors, and provides some back-end production for the Vishay Dale Inductor division.