Trackwise Designs Ltd was founded as a printed circuit board (PCB) design bureau in May 1989.
In 1996 Trackwise was asked to produce its first antenna PCB, a nine foot long unit for an early GSM900 mobile phone base station antenna. This large format PCB capability, while not unique, was and is exceptional and remains a key differentiator.
In 2000 the company sold its legacy business, rebranded as Trackwise, and focused on becoming a specialist PCB manufacturer for the antenna market:
- Not conventional PCBs – products using printed circuit technology.
- A subcontract service, manufacturing customers’ designs.
- Key supplier to the telecoms market, principally into the mobile network infrastructure antenna market.
- Other antenna applications such as aircraft guidance radars, roadside bomb detectors, large antennas for Square Kilometre Array, and even large detector PCBs for CERN Large Hadron Collider upgrade.
In 2005, Trackwise was awarded the Queen’s Award for Export, acknowledging its worldwide reputation as a reliable, innovative, forward looking company.
In 2007 Trackwise formerly opened Trackwise Epitome India, a new joint venture established to provide volume manufacturing of specialist RF PCBs for Indian-located wireless infrastructure equipment manufacturers and assemblers.
Since 2010, Trackwise has been developing its proprietary and innovative manufacturing process that enables the globally unique capability of producing flexible multi layer printed circuit boards of unlimited length. Marketed as Improved Harness Technology™ (IHT) these boards offer a lightweight replacement for conventional wire harnesses with multiple applications across the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas industries.
In 2013 Trackwise rebranded under the strapline Connecting Technology encompassing both radio frequency (antennas) and interconnect (Improved Harness Technology) operations.
UK Improved Harness Technology™ patent granted (UK Patent Number 2498994)
US Improved Harness Technology™ patent granted (US Patent Number 9226410)
In 2017 the Company increased its manufacturing capabilities with a move to a modern factory and office facility in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.