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HARTING Technology Group has won this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, the world-renowned design prize

The winning product, HARTING’s Han® 1A connector series, won in the discipline “Product” (in the category “Electrical Connector”). Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD.

The Han® 1A won over the 78-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its unique small, modular system of inserts and accessories for power, data and signal, which can be used for indoor and outdoor applications (IP20 / IP65). The competition was intense: 7,298 entries were submitted from 56 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Wide range of applications

The Han® 1A connector series can be used in numerous applications, beginning from machinery and robotics, logistics, railway applications as well as further fields where small, highly flexible and affordable connector solutions are needed.

In the field of machinery & robotics, the Han® 1A can be easily used to connect tools and modules efficiently, including heating or cooling units, fans, control terminals, lighting systems, drives and vibration conveyors. Given its modular construction and range of different uses, the Han® 1A is particularly suitable for use in areas where a supply is needed for multiple small drives, sensors and devices.

Han® 1A offers a compact connector series for railway applications according to EN 45545-2, R22-24, HL1-3, IEC 61373- Cat. 2. The Modular system of inserts and accessories can be used for indoor and outdoor applications (IP20 / IP65) such as door systems, lighting, headlights, loudspeakers, screens, scoreboards, warning and alarm lights, pushbuttons, wipers or signal generators.


For 67 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition in Berlin.


The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power. The Group currently has a total of 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. Moreover, HARTING also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2018/19 business year, some 5,300 employees generated sales of EUR 750 million. Founded on 1 September 1945, the company will be celebrating its 75th anniversary at numerous trade fairs and events.


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