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Mergers and Acquisitions in the Connector Industry

The electronics industry must respond to constant shifts in technology, product development, and market growth. Some companies nurture that capability in-house, while others gain expertise through strategic acquisitions. Here’s a brief history of that strategy as enacted by and upon connector companies. Since 1985, Bishop & Associates has recorded 589 mergers and acquisitions in the Read More >>

US Trade War With China Reaches Stalemate

The US has implemented another round of tariffs against China. The electronics industry is caught in the middle. We have now reached the next phase of the Trump administration’s planned tariffs on imports from China. On September 24, a third round of tariffs went into effect on midnight. This round includes some products used by Read More >>

New Adventures Ahead for Martin Slark and Molex

Martin P. Slark is stepping down from his role as CEO. That doesn’t mean he’s going to be taking it easy, though. Legendary Molex leader Martin P. Slark will retire from his role as the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) in November. Slark started with the company in 1976 in England and has since held Read More >>

The Connector Industry Braces for the Impact of Tariffs

The developing trade war could bring significant consequences to the electronics industry. The Connector Industry Braces for the Impact of Tariffs The US government has weighed imposing tariffs on imports for over a year, and in recent weeks these discussions have escalated into action as tariffs have come into effect on trade relationships around the Read More >>

Tariffs and the Electronic Connector Industry

As talk of tariffs threatens to become action, the electronics industry is poised for pain. By Ron Bishop, Bishop & Associates, Inc. Tariffs and the Electronic Connector Industry The implementation of tariffs on goods imported into the United States to address trade imbalances has been seriously discussed by the Trump administration for over a year. Read More >>

Business is Excellent and Confidence is High about the Future

2017 ended on a high note for the electronics industry, and connector manufacturers are optimistic about 2018. The connector industry’s strong performance in 2017 has created an environment of optimism as we settle into the new year. In our recent surveys of the industry, we’ve found high expectations for continued growth in the months ahead. Read More >>

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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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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 >>