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Connector Companies Get Smarter, Faster With Acquisitions

Electronics companies are consolidating their expertise with acquisitions as new technologies become part of the connector ecosystem. When is a connector company more than a connector company? When it is also a wire and cable company, a sensor company, an antenna company, a transceiver and transponder company, and even, sometimes, a software company. As increasingly complex Read More >>

electronica 2018 review

Strong Connector Sales in 2018 and a Possible Forecast for 2019

Bishop & Associates visited with connector company CEOs at electronica 2018. Sales this year have been largely very good, but the connector industry forecast for 2019 remains unclear. Most connector manufacturers at the electronica 2018 trade fair, which took place November 13–16 in Munich, were able to look back upon a very successful 2018, as Read More >>

Molex CEO Joe Nelligan

Meet Joe Nelligan, Molex’s New CEO

This fall, Martin P. Slark, the company’s longtime CEO, passed the torch to Joe Nelligan. We talked to Joe about his long career with Molex and found out what he has in mind for the future. College interns may dream about becoming the company’s CEO someday, but for most of them, it’s just a dream. Read More >>

Record Crowds and Future Tech Dominate electronica 2018  

Connector companies are growing to meet unprecedented demand for electronics across markets and around the world. electronica 2018 The population of Germany expanded by 80,000 people the week of November 12, as electronics industry professionals from around the world gathered in Munich for electronica 2018. This record crowd — a 10% increase in attendance over Read More >>

Connector Industry News: November 2018

Summary coverage of connector industry news including electronica 2018 and other upcoming events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distributor, standards, associations, and certification news. electronica 2018   electronica 2018 is taking place in Munich today through Friday, November 13–16. The world-renowned, biennial event will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors from more Read More >>

2018 Top 10 Connector Suppliers for Overall Website Usability

In this fifth and final article, Connector Supplier reveals the top 10 connector manufacturers ranked for customer satisfaction in overall website usability. Bishop & Associates recently completed its biennial US customer survey, in which a total of 395 customers evaluated 42 connector manufacturers on a range of important issues. They answered 17 questions relating to quality, Read More >>

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 >>

Connector Industry News: October 2018 — Part II

Summary coverage of connector industry news, including events, awards, partnerships, personnel, distribution, facilities, associations, and standards. Event News  Heilind Electronics and JAE are presenting a webinar, “Optimized Interconnect Solutions for Design Flexibility in Portable Devices,” at 2:00pm EDT today, October 23. Click here to register. Kensington Electronics is exhibiting at The Assembly Show today through 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 >>

Industry News: October 2018 — Part I

Summary coverage of upcoming events and recent news from across the connector industry. Event News Today at 2:00pm EDT, Heilind Electronics and TE Connectivity are presenting a free webinar entitled “Discover How Unique Cable and Connector Solutions are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels.” The Global Product Manager for TE’s Data and Devices business unit, Read More >>

2018 Top 10 Connector Suppliers for Overall Satisfaction with Product Quality and Product Handling

The results are in for the 2018 Bishop & Associates US Customer Satisfaction Survey of the Electronic Connector Industry. In this issue, we reveal the top 10 connector suppliers ranked by level of customer satisfaction with product quality and problem handling. Bishop & Associates recently completed its biennial US customer survey, in which a total of Read More >>