2017 Top 10 Connector Manufacturers by 2016 Sales

The top 10 connector manufacturers, as a group, achieved $32 billion in annual sales in 2016, or 59.8% of world connector demand.

The following table identifies the top 10 as defined by total world connector sales.

2017 Top 10 Connector Manufactures by 2016 sales

Table 1 (above) reveals some interesting trends:

  • The top four connector manufacturers are all US-based companies: TE Connectivity #1, Amphenol #2, Molex #3, and Delphi #4.
  • There are four Japanese companies in the top 10: Yazaki #5, JAE #7, JST #9, and Hirose #10.
  • There is one top 10 company from the Asia Pacific region: Foxconn [FIT], Taiwan #6.
  • There is one top 10 company from China: Luxshare, and this is the second year a Chinese company has achieved top 10 ranking.
  • The top 10, as a group, reported a sales increase of 7.5% in 2016. This compares favorably to an industry-wide sales increase of 4.1%. The improved performance of the top 10 was greatly aided by acquisitions, as the three largest companies — TE Connectivity, Molex, and Amphenol — are very active acquirers.

The following table compares the top 10 combined annual sales to world connector demand.

2017 Top 10 Connector Manufactures by 2016 market share

The top 10 accounted for 38% of the world connector demand in 1980 and 59.8% in 2016. Much of this growth can be attributed to acquisitions made by the top 10. In the last five years alone, TE acquired Deutsch for $670 million in 2011; Delphi acquired the MVL division of FCI for $950 million in 2012; Molex acquired Oplink Communications for $200 million in 2014; and Amphenol acquired FCI for $600 million in 2015. Manufacturers listed in the top 10 also made an additional 38 acquisitions during this five-year span.

The following graph follows top 10 market share gains over the past 36 years.

2017 Top 10 Connector Manufactures by 1980-2016

 

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Ronald E. Bishop founded Bishop & Associates Inc., a market research firm that specializes in the world electronic connector industry, in 1985. The firm publishes “The Bishop Report,” a monthly research newsletter and connectorsupplier.com, a twice-monthly electronic publication. A staff of 20 researchers produces reports centered on geographic regions, end-use equipment markets, connector products, and interconnect technologies. The firm also provides executive placement services, conducts multi-client studies and customer surveys, and assists in merger-and-acquisition activity. The US headquarters is located in St. Charles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The firm also has offices in Brussels, Belgium; Sidney, Australia; and Hong Kong.
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