About Us | Our History 2017-10-10T16:26:34+00:00
Our Company

For over 40 years, IMS has served as an industry leader providing component solutions and thick film innovations to our customers. By offering integrated areas of production, sales, engineering, quality and management under one roof we are well suited to serve our customers as a solutions provider. Our passion is solving all levels of challenges through creative and innovative component solutions, knowledge and experience.  IMS has continued its growth through product innovation and meeting the demands of advanced technology. IMS is privately owned and dedicated to serving our customers and partners.  We are headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with regional representation throughout the United States and Worldwide.

IMS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company (and AS9100D pending). The ISO9001:2008 certification demonstrates IMS’ commitment to ensuring the highest level of operations and quality management standards and enables the company to continue to exceed customer expectations.

Our mission remains focused on providing passive component solutions with industry leading lead times, customer support and innovation.

Our History

In 1974, International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS) was founded by former G. E. executive H. Henry Liiv and his wife Tiina. Using a small rented space as their first operational facility, the Liivs started manufacturing thick film products. In 1977 the initial IMS facility was built on one acre of land in rural Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In the years that followed, IMS has significantly expanded operations at their headquarters, celebrating 40 years on April 9, 2014.

1974 Portsmouth RI

Henry Liiv of International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS) shows Portsmouth Town Council members a demonstration model of one of the company’s electronic products. The model was 200 times the size of the actual product. The council ultimately granted the company permission to build a plant on Schoolhouse Lane, which remains in operation today. This photo appeared in the March 31, 1977 issue of The Sakonnet Times.

IMS Innovation Through the Years

Key Attributes of IMS

Stability: Continuous service to our customers since 1974.

Fully Integrated: Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, Sales & Administration housed under one roof for quick customer response.

Knowledgeable: 42 years of Thick Film and resistive products experience.

Superior Service: A staff of qualified experts to assist in problem solving and product selections.

Quick Response: Shortest lead times in the industry. Many products are available in stock for immediate overnight delivery.     

Solutions Oriented Approach: By working closely with customers, IMS provides timely and cost effective answers to a vast array of unique challenges.

Short Lead Times

IMS offers the shortest lead times in the industry!

We carry millions of off-the-shelf thick film chip resistors and attenuators in stock for same-day shipping. To purchase off the shelf chip resistors today see our RCI Series thick film resistors or our TPI Series thin film resistors. If what you’re looking for is not in stock, we offer short production lead times for most orders. Request a quote online today.

International Coverage

We have sales representatives around the globe.

International Manufacturing Services, Inc. is headquartered in Portsmouth Rhode Island with regional representation throughout the United States as well as worldwide coverage.  Take a look at our rep list to find someone in your area. Our team of experts are available to help with product selection and technical advice.

Packaging Options

We can meet your packaging needs!

IMS offers a variety of packaging services based on commercial industry standards. We offer bulk, tape and reel and waffle packaging services for most of our components. For more information, take a look at all of our packaging options.

Request a Quote Today or Call Us About Our Custom Capabilities. (401) 683-9700

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