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    The Highest-Ranking Connector Companies

    These companies achieved a Top 10 ranking in at least one of four key categories. Every year, we identify the connector companies that most stand out in this ever-changing industry. It’s no easy task to keep up with the next big innovation — especially when that phenomenon is occurring across multiple markets. Yet every year, Read More >>

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    The Top 10 in World Sales

    We took names. We analyzed the numbers. Now we’ll share the results. Last month, we provided readers with in-depth, behind-the-scenes insight into the complicated process of engaging with suppliers throughout the interconnect industry and conducting careful analysis of a great deal of hard data to formulate our market reports. Before we publish our market reports, Read More >>

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Top 10

The Highest-Ranking Connector Companies

These companies achieved a Top 10 ranking in at least one of four key categories. Every year, we identify the connector companies that most stand out in this ever-changing industry. It’s no easy task to keep up with the next big innovation — especially when that phenomenon is occurring across multiple markets. Yet every year, Read More >>

Top 10

The Top 10 in World Sales

We took names. We analyzed the numbers. Now we’ll share the results. Last month, we provided readers with in-depth, behind-the-scenes insight into the complicated process of engaging with suppliers throughout the interconnect industry and conducting careful analysis of a great deal of hard data to formulate our market reports. Before we publish our market reports, Read More >>

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Identifying the Top 10 – It’s Harder Then You Think

For decades, Bishop & Associates has evaluated the connector industry to pinpoint the top companies. That list changes, however, depending on what factors you are measuring. Here’s how we come up with our rankings. Design engineers and purchasing personnel want to use the best connector companies for their design and purchasing requirements. Bishop & Associates can provide answers to the Read More >>

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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. Table 1 (above) reveals some interesting trends: The top four connector manufacturers are all US-based companies: TE Connectivity #1, Read More >>

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Top 10 Landscape Changes in the Connector Industry

We track the top companies over the decades. This year’s ranking uncovers some new players — and some that we’ve known for along time. Since 1980, there has been a dramatic change in the companies that comprise the top 10. Some companies have moved up in rank, others have moved out of the top 10, Read More >>

Where is the R in R&D?

Are companies investing enough in R&D? Or have we reached peak innovation? Technology companies like to talk about the amount of resources they apply to research and design. If you want to be a leader in today’s fast-growing market segments, you need to constantly upgrade existing products or introduce new ones. Research is the wellhead Read More >>

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The Rise of Asian Connector Manufacturers

The Chinese market’s growth over the past decade has been phenomenal. What does the future hold? 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for the electronic connector industry. As of the end of August, global sales of connectors are up over 10%, with Bishop & Associates forecasting 7.1% growth for the full year. Read More >>

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2017 Top 10 European Connector Suppliers for On-Time Delivery and Website Usability

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 On-Time Delivery and Overall Website Usability. Bishop & Associates has completed its biennial European customer survey, which evaluated 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 337 of your peers answered Read More >>

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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 Read More >>

Re-shoring the Electronic Connector Industry

The idea of bringing electronics manufacturing jobs back to the US has great appeal. But the realities are complicated. A lot of conversation about how to “Make America Great Again” includes bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. In the recent past, the US was recognized as a global manufacturing powerhouse, but there is Read More >>

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2017 Top 10 European Connector Suppliers

The results of the 2017 Bishop & Associates European Customer Satisfaction Survey of the Electronic Connector Industry have been tallied. We are pleased to introduce the top 10 European connector suppliers for overall best performance. 2017 Top 10 European Connector Suppliers Bishop & Associates’ biennial European customer survey evaluated 46 connector manufacturers. The market research firm Read More >>

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North American PCB Order Growth Boosts Book-to-Bill Ratio

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2017 IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced the March 2017 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Although sales and orders continued below last year’s levels, the PCB book-to-bill ratio continued upward, reaching 1.07. Total North American PCB shipments in March 2017 were Read More >>