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    Facts & Figures: The Connector Confidence Index

    How does the connector industry view itself? According to the Connector Confidence Index, not always well.   Bishop & Associates polls connector industry executives monthly to see how they view the industry’s performance, both current and future. The executives are asked to rate the performance by four regions that are key to the industry: North America, Read More >>

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    Facts & Figures: First Half 2015 Connector Industry Performance

    In the first half of 2015, the connector industry is down almost 5% in US dollars, yet up in foreign currencies. Why?   The connector industry contracted -4.6% in the first six months of 2015 when measured in US dollars. After the strong performance in 2014, it is reasonable to believe that year-over-year growth would be Read More >>

Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Facts & Figures: The Connector Confidence Index

How does the connector industry view itself? According to the Connector Confidence Index, not always well.   Bishop & Associates polls connector industry executives monthly to see how they view the industry’s performance, both current and future. The executives are asked to rate the performance by four regions that are key to the industry: North America, Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Medical Market Sector Sales

Medical market sector sales are up 15.3% in 1Q15, driven by the Medtronic/Covidien merger.   Bishop tracks eight companies in the medical market sector. These companies’ combined sales have grown year over year for the past 12 consecutive quarters, ending with 1Q15. These companies grew 3.0% year over year in 2013 and 5.5% in 2014. Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Robots on the March

Currently, there are more than 1.6 million industrial robots in service worldwide; will that number grow significantly in the next five years?   According to the IFR (International Federation of Robotics), there have been approximately 2.7 million industrial robots shipped worldwide since the 1960s. With a potential service life of 15 years, that means there Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Customers Choose Top Distributors

Bishop & Associates completed its 2015 customer survey of electronic distributors. In the second of two articles, we reveal the distributors rated best for website usefulness and price competitiveness, as well as best overall distributor.   Bishop & Associates just concluded its annual survey of electronic distributors, in which it asked connector and cable assembly users to Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Customer Evaluation of Electronic Distributors

Bishop & Associates has wrapped up its 2015 customer survey of electronic distributors. In the first of two articles, we reveal the distributors rated best in breadth of product, support, ease of doing business, and delivery.   Bishop & Associates just concluded its annual survey of electronic distributors in which it asked connector and cable assembly Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Industrial Market Sector Sales Flat in 2014

With industrial market sector sales flat in 2014, it’s not surprising that sales across the sector tumbled in the first quarter of 2015.   Bishop tracks 12 companies in the industrial market sector. These companies’ combined sales contracted year over year in the last three quarters ending with 1Q15. In 2013, these companies grew 0.1% Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: The Market for Circular Connectors

According to Bishop & Associates’ research, the fourth largest connector market will exhibit strong growth over the next five years.   The circular connector market is the fourth largest product market by share of the total worldwide connector market following PCB, application-specific, and rectangular I/O connectors. This share has been relatively stable over the last five Read More >>

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Automotive Cable Assembly Market Up 7.2% in 2014

As electronic content in cars continued to outpace growth in unit volume, the automotive cable assembly market was up 7.2% in 2014.   Bishop tracks 12 companies in the automotive market sector. This market had six consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth before 4Q14, as measured by these 12 companies’ revenues. In 2013, these companies grew Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: 10 Years of Connector Industry Income Statements

The connector industry is one of the most profitable subsections of the electronic components industry. Bishop & Associates’ Dave Pheteplace looks at 10 years of connector industry income statements.   The connector industry grew to almost $53 billion in 2014. It is one of the most profitable subsections of the electronic component industries. Let’s take a look Read More >>

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Facts & Figures: Industrial Market for Connectors

According to Bishop & Associates’ research, the fourth largest connector market will exhibit strong growth over the next five years.   The industrial market is the fourth largest connector market by share of the total worldwide connector market following automotive, computer/peripheral, and telecom/datacom. This share has been relatively stable over the last five years at approximately Read More >>