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The Top 10 2018 Connector Companies: A Starting Point for Supply Chain Partnerships

Design engineers and purchasing personnel want to use the best connector companies for their design and purchasing requirements but, identifying the best connector companies is not an easy task. These insights from Bishop & Associates’ new “World’s Top 100 Electronic Connector Manufacturers” report are an excellent starting point for evaluating potential supply chain partners.

Design engineers and purchasing personnel want to use the best connector companies for their design and purchasing requirements. However, identifying the best companies is difficult in a marketplace that is filled with strong competitors. A deeper look is required and answers to the following questions are important.

Which companies offer the products and services required? Which companies offer faster delivery, shorter lead times, reasonable prices, and higher quality? Which companies are easier to deal with on a daily basis? Which companies can we count on when there is a problem? The answers to these questions are not easy to determine. Every supplier relationship is unique. In many cases, only the experience of working with companies will provide the right answer to “Which companies will we allow to be part of our supply chain?”

The first step is to identify which companies are successful. We believe identifying the top 10 companies, using several different definitions of what constitutes the top 10, is a logical starting point for identifying the best connector suppliers. Specifically, we aim to identify the top 10 best connector companies in total global sales, sales in each geographic region, sales in markets served, and sales by products manufactured.

This article will provide you with the names of the top 10 2018 connector companies in these four classification areas, which is a good starting place for identifying the best connector companies for your unique needs. Later, you may elect to further refine your selection of companies to consider as part of your supply chain. For example, by identifying the largest companies that offer a specific type of connector in North America, Europe, China, Japan, and/or other regions.

A more granular approach is required before establishing a partnership, but we recommend that designers and buyers always start by examining the largest companies first, as we believe that achieving size suggests a level of success. After all, many customers had to have rewarded them with their business for them to have grown so large.

Top 10 Connector Manufacturers

Now, let’s take a look at the top 10 2018 connector companies in total global sales, sales by geographic region, sales by market sector, and sales by product manufactured.

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies Ranked by Global Sales

Top 10 2018 Connector Manufacturers Ranked by Global Sales

The top 10 2018 connector companies as ranked by global sales are currently the largest suppliers in the industry and are a great place to start evaluating potential supply chain partners.

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies Ranked by Sales in Six Geographic Regions

Top 10 2018 Connector Manufacturers Ranked by Sales in Six Geographic Regions

When evaluated by sales in each of six geographic regions, 24 connector manufacturers earned recognition as top 10 2018 connector companies.

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies Ranked by Sales in 11 Major Market Sectors

Top 10 2018 Connector Manufacturers Ranked by Sales in 11 Major Market Sectors

Top 10 2018 Connector Manufacturers Ranked by Sales in 11 Major Market Sectors

When evaluated by sales in each of 11 market sectors, 39 connector manufacturers earned recognition as top 10 2018 connector companies.

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies Ranked by Sales in 12 Major Product Categories

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies Ranked by Sales in 12 Major Product Categories

*Denotes company appearing in top 100, but not top 50

When evaluated by sales in each of 12 major manufactured product categories, 44 connector manufacturers earned recognition as top 10 2018 connector companies.

The Top 10 2018 Connector Companies in All Subcategories

The following table identifies the 49 connector manufacturers that have earned recognition as top 10 2018 connector companies when evaluated by sales in six geographic regions, 11 market segments, and 12 product categories. The table also identifies the number of top 10 rankings earned under each of these three definitions.

Top 10 2018 Connector Companies in Each of Three Subcategories

Top 10 2018 Connector Manufacturers in Each of Three Subcategories

In total, we identified 49 connector manufacturers that earned recognition as top 10 2018 connector companies. We believe this information is extremely useful to the design engineering and purchasing communities and is a logical place to start identifying, researching, and selecting the best connector companies to consider as potential supply chain partners.

A more granular approach that evaluates several other levels of information is also important and can be necessary to identify the best connector companies that meet an array of specific needs. A design engineer may want to know, for example, who the best connector companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Taiwan, or another location are for a specific project, or which are the best connector companies that supply military circular connectors or heavy-duty power types in Germany.

World’s Connector Companies Website

Bishop & Associates’ website has more than 750 connector company profiles that can be sorted by annual sales, region, country, markets served, and products manufactured. Each sort prepares a report that can be downloaded and saved for further evaluation.

This website, www.wccreport.com, might also be useful in your search for the best connector companies capable of meeting your unique requirements. Contact Lynda Nolen at lnolen@bishopinc.com for a demonstration of how to use the site.

World’s Top 100 Electronic Connector Manufacturers Report

Bishop & Associates has published a 10-chapter research report that provides a complete analysis of the World’s Top 100 Electronic Connector Manufacturers. This report furnishes detailed statistics that benchmark the leading connector manufacturers by 2017/2018 total sales, sales by end-use equipment market, sales by product category, and many other key industry measurements. All manufacturers are exhibited by 2018 sales and are ranked by region of the world with percent year-to-year change. The report provides all the key data needed to analyze each of the top 100 worldwide electronic connector suppliers. Click here for more information.

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Ron Bishop

Ronald E. Bishop founded Bishop & Associates Inc., a market research firm that specializes in the world electronic connector industry, in 1985. The firm publishes “The Bishop Report,” a monthly research newsletter and connectorsupplier.com, a twice-monthly electronic publication. A staff of 20 researchers produces reports centered on geographic regions, end-use equipment markets, connector products, and interconnect technologies. The firm also provides executive placement services, conducts multi-client studies and customer surveys, and assists in merger-and-acquisition activity. The US headquarters is located in St. Charles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The firm also has offices in Brussels, Belgium; Sidney, Australia; and Hong Kong.
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