13 manufacturers of automotive grade aluminum capacitors
The auto market is one of the largest consumers of aluminum capacitors, and a host of manufacturers are feeding the production lines. In this post we provide a bird’s eye view of who they are, and what types of aluminum capacitors they produce for the automotive industry.
Cal Chip Electronics: this US manufacturer of surface mount devices produces 2 aluminum electrolytic capacitors for auto applications, one a high temperature (125°C) device, the other a long life, low impedance, vibration resistant capacitor.

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Cornell Dubilier Electronics:  this US manufacturer of high performance aluminum electrolytic capacitors designed primarily for the industrial market produces a unique, glass sealed, high temperature (+175°C) axial leaded capacitor for extreme environment applications such as those encountered in many hot-spot auto applications.

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Elna:  one of the numerous Japanese producers of aluminum capacitors, Elna makes radial leaded aluminum electrolytic devices for air bag and high temperature applications (up to 150°C)  within the auto industry.

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Epcos: the European Epcos (formerly Siemens) division of TDK produces high performance aluminum electrolytic capacitors for air bag, high temperature & ultra high temperature (150°C), high ripple current, low impedance, and vibration resistant applications within the auto industry. Mounting styles are axial leaded, radial leaded, snap-in and their unique solder star version.

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FTCAP: this German manufacturer of high performance aluminum electrolytic capacitors produces 2 series of long life, high temperature devices suitable for some automotive applications. The GSG series is a PCB mount solder pin version, and the AG series is an axial leaded version.

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KEMET: this leading manufacturer of capacitors produces a range of high temperature, ultra high temperature, vibration resistant and low ESR aluminum electrolytic capacitors for automotive applications. Mounting styles are axial leads and snap-in.

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NIC Components: a comprehensive range of aluminum electrolytic and aluminum hybrid capacitors in both radial leaded and surface mount configurations. Extended performance types are high temperature, high ripple current, low ESR, low impedance and vibration resistant.

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Nichicon: a range of aluminum electrolytic capacitors in surface mount and radial leaded configurations in high temperature or vibration resistant versions.

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Nippon Chemi-Con: aluminum electrolytic capacitors and aluminum hybrid capacitors in radial leaded and surface mount versions featuring vibration resistant, high temperature, low ESR and/or low impedance performance characteristics. They also produce 2 radial leaded aluminum electrolytic capacitors for air bag applications.

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Panasonic: aluminum electrolytic capacitors, aluminum hybrid capacitors and aluminum polymer capacitors in radial leaded and surface mount versions featuring vibration resistant, high temperature, low ESR and/or low impedance performance characteristics.

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Rubycon aluminum electrolytic capacitors and aluminum hybrid capacitors in radial leaded and surface mount versions featuring high temperature, low ESR and/or low impedance performance characteristics.

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Sic Safco (Exxelia): high performance, radial leaded aluminum electrolytic capacitors in high temperature, ultra high temperature and vibration resistant versions.

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Vishay: aluminum electrolytic capacitors, aluminum hybrid capacitors and aluminum polymer capacitors in axial leaded, radial leaded and surface mount configurations featuring high temperature, low ESR, low impedance and vibration performance characteristics.

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