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2015 Automotive Market Unit Volume Increased 1% Worldwide

The latest numbers show that automotive unit volume increased 1% in 2015, and TE tops the list of connector suppliers to the market.



The worldwide demand for connectors in the automotive market was $11.8 billion in 2015, down 4% from 2014. North America and Europe consumed 62% of those connectors by dollar volume.

Automotive market sales by region

Vehicle production worldwide in 2015 was approximately 90.7 million units according to OICA. China produced about 27% of those units (but its connector costs are significantly lower than in North America or Europe). North America and Europe produced approximately 40% of the units.

Automotive market 2015 Units produced by region

Out of the top 100 connector companies, the top 10 companies that supply connectors to the automotive market provide 90% of the worldwide demand for that market (based on 2014 sales).

TE has the largest market share at 37% of the automotive market. It is followed by Yazaki at 19% and Delphi at 13%.

Top 10 Connector Manufactures automotive connector production

Bishop follows 14 public companies in the automotive market on a quarterly basis. In 2015, sales for these companies declined 2.7% over their 2014 sales. Profitability, however, increased 5.7% year over year.

Of the 14 companies, Tesla had the largest increase in sales in 2015 at 26.5%.

2015 Automotive Market
Results for Top OEMs
2015 OEM automotive market results

Automotive connector sales decreased 4% in 2015. Automotive production worldwide increased 1%. Sales for the 14 automotive OEMs that Bishop follows declined 2.7% in 2015.

Sales information for these companies and others can be found in Bishop & Associates’ Top 100 Connector Manufacturers report. Profiles of more than 700 connector companies can be found on Bishop & Associates’ subscribers-only World’s Connector Companies website ( For more information, contact or 630-443-2702.

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Dave Pheteplace

Dave Pheteplace

SVP and Managing Director Cable Assembly at Bishop & Associates Inc.
David Pheteplace joined Bishop & Associates Inc. in 2008, and was appointed vice president in September 2011. He is also the managing director of Bishop’s cable assembly division, which he established in 2008. Pheteplace has more than 30 years of experience in the interconnect industry, including managing divisions of Amphenol, Cinch, and Robinson Nugent.
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