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Connector Industry Statistics

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Top 10 Best Performers

Does the list of Top 10 connector manufacturers for quality diverge from the Top 10 list based on price? Do customers make buying decisions based on price or quality (or both)? Bishop & Associates asked customers to rank European connector companies and compared the two lists to find out.  read more>>


 

The Top 10 — The Rest of the Story

The 10 biggest connector companies are essential to the industry, and it’s important for design engineers to know them well. However, the Top 10 list changes significantly when the definition of “Top 10” changes.  read more>>


2013 European Customer Survey Results

The results are in! Bishop’s annual survey of European OEMs rates 43 connector manufacturers on company performance and customer service. Find out which company is on top this year.  read more>>


Major Changes in The Top 10

The Top 10 largest connector manufacturers gained market share in 2012, with much of this gain due to acquisitions. Although many of these acquisitions were initiated in 2011, 2012 reflects, for the first time, the sales of the acquired companies incorporated into the parent’s annual sales.  read more>>


Connector Industry Update – How’s Business?

Connector industry sales are soft and have been for 20 consecutive months. Since October 2011, we have recorded only six months out of 20 with monthly sales growth.  read more>>


Semiconductor Sales Contract 3.3% in 2012

The numbers are in for the semiconductor industry in 2012. We take a look at the facts and figures and share the forecast for the year ahead..  read more>>


Market Facts: The Server Market for Connectors

Prospects for the server market are mixed through the end of 2012. John MacWilliams discusses what is driving the sector’s growth and how it will affect connector suppliers.  read more>>


The Top 10 — The Rest of the Story

The 10 biggest connector companies are essential to the industry, and it’s important for design engineers to know them well. However, the Top 10 list changes significantly when the definition of “Top 10” changes.  read more>>


The Connector Industry: The View From Inside

A close look at prices, material costs, and other major factors, from the people who run the businesses. read more>>


Connector Distributors are Feeling Price Pressure

The connector industry is experiencing its highest level of downside price pressure since the 2008-09 recession. As shown in the chart below, 36.4% of industry respondents believe prices have increased a little bit in the past six months. Only 30.3%, however, believe that they will see a similar trend in the next six months. Conversely, 19.7% have seen a slight decrease in the past six months, but 25.8% expect to see a small decrease going forward. In total, 30.3% of those responding believe that prices will decrease to some degree in the next six months. read more>>


Distribution Posts First Negative Quarter Since 2009

Sales have slowed down, but there’s no reason to panic: These numbers are acceptable and distributors maintain a positive business outlook. History says it’s all part of the normal business cycle, but Bishop & Associates is keeping a close eye on it.

The electronic component distribution industry posted sales down -5.5% from the prior year in the first quarter of 2012. This marks the first time since the third quarter of 2009 that distribution sales failed to post a year-over-year increase. Distribution sales increased sharply following the 2009 recession with a peak year-over-year growth of +35.6% in the second quarter of 2010. Since then, the percentages of growth have decreased in each quarter, and finally slipped into negative territory at the beginning of this year. read more>>

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