2017 Top 10 European Connector Suppliers for Quality and Price

The results are in for the 2017 Bishop & Associates European Customer Satisfaction Survey of the Electronic Connector Industry. We reveal the top 10 European connector suppliers for product quality and price competitiveness.

Bishop & Associates has completed its biennial European customer survey, which evaluated 46 connector manufacturers.

A total of 337 of your peers answered 18 questions relating to important issues such as quality, pricing, delivery, lead times, technical support, and more.

The distribution of responses by sales channel is shown in the following pie chart:

2017 European Survey Distribution of Responses

The Top 10 Best Performers in Product Quality

Survey participants were asked: What is your overall satisfaction with the quality of products?

Survey participants answered the question based on the following:

6 = Extremely satisfied
5 = Very satisfied
4 = Satisfied
3 = Dissatisfied
2 = Very dissatisfied
1 = Extremely dissatisfied

The following table identifies the top 10 companies that received the highest customer evaluations for product quality and their respective average score.

Top 10 Best Performers – Product Quality

2017 European Customer survey top 10 for quality.

Note: 6.000 is the highest possible score.

ept, Rosenberger, and Samtec respectively placed first, second, and third for product quality in the 2017 European Customer Survey. ept, Rosenberger, Fischer Connectors, LEMO SA, and Binder all moved into the Top 10 in the 2017 survey.

The following table is a comparison of this year’s 10 top connector manufacturers’ product quality ranking versus the previous four years in which the survey was conducted.

Top 10 Best Performers in Product Quality
for the Past Five Surveys

Top 10 for Quality last 5 surveys

ept placed first in three of the last five surveys, having moved up from 10th in 2010. Fischer Connectors experienced the largest increase in rank from 2015 to 2017, jumping from 23rd in 2015 to 6th place in 2017. In the past five European surveys, five companies — ept, Rosenberger, Samtec, LEMO, and Phoenix Contact — maintained their top 10 standing in the best performance for product quality category.

The Top 10 Best Performers for Price Competitiveness

Survey participants were asked: What is your level of satisfaction with price competitiveness?

Survey participants answered the question based on the following:

6 = Extremely satisfied
5 = Very satisfied
4 = Satisfied
3 = Dissatisfied
2 = Very dissatisfied
1 = Extremely dissatisfied

Top 10 Best Performers for Price Competitiveness

2017 European customer survey - Top 10 Price Competitiveness

Note: 6.000 is the highest possible score.

ept, Binder, and WAGO respectively placed first, second, and third in the 2017 European Customer Survey.

The following table is a comparison of this year’s 10 top connector manufacturers’ price competitiveness rankings versus the previous four years of survey results.

Top 10 Best Performers for Price Competitiveness
Past Five Surveys

2017 Euro Top 10 Price last 5 surveys.

ept, Binder, and WAGO respectively placed first, second, and third in the 2017 European survey for price competitiveness. WAGO is the only company to have placed in the Top 10 in all five surveys. ept has been in the Top 10 for four out of five surveys, and CONEC Corporation has been in the Top 10 in three of the five. Binder had the highest increase in rank in 2017, moving from 20th position to 2nd position. 

This is the second of three articles related to the results of the 2017 Bishop & Associates European Customer Satisfaction Survey of the Electronic Connector Industry. The third article to follow will highlight the top 10 companies based on delivery timeliness, and website evaluation. 

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Ron Bishop

Ron Bishop

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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