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05.21.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates tracks sales and profits in 13 market sectors. Based on the 120 companies it follows, it evaluated the performance results for OEM markets in 2014. More...

03.16.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full-year 2014 to $52,855 million. Industry growth for 2015 is forecast at +5.1% YOY with sales of $55,569 million. More...

02.12.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector industry sales were up +5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $13,090 million. Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full year 2014 to $52,855 million. More...

01.29.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Having shown steady growth over the last four quarters, the medical market is on target for 2014. More...

11.20.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates reports on the facts and figures of the connector industry’s largest market sector -automotive. More...

10.28.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

In 2013, Europe accounted for 21.8% or $10,643 million of total world connector demand. This was an increase of 7.3% over 2012, when Europe accounted for $9.916 million. More...

09.23.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates 2014 Connector Industry Forecast shows major changes in the marketplace, including stronger performance in the industrial, automotive, and telecom/datacom equipment sectors. More...

08.21.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates 2014 Connector Industry Forecast shows major changes in the marketplace, including stronger performance in the industrial, automotive, and telecom/datacom equipment sectors. More...

07.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 U.S. Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating More...

06.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating More...

06.03.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

PC unit sales declined 10% in 2013 for the second straight year of contraction, as the computer market contracts and swaps PCs for tablets and smartphones. More...

04.29.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Right now the industry is in a “sweet spot.” Business conditions are such that we are on the positive side of all three profit killers. More...

04.24.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

A sharp decline in demand will automatically produce a decline in profits. We experienced this in 2001, 2002, and 2009 when connector sales declined -18.9%, -6.9%, and -21.9% respectively. More...

04.08.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

The phrase “significant change” doesn’t adequately describe what happened in the connector industry over the past 10 years. More...

03.04.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

The global rail industry market for connectors is expected to yield an 8.0% CAGR through 2018, growing to an annual volume of $828.8 million. More...

02.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Worldwide industry sales in 2013 were up +2.7% for the full year over 2012. Sales totaled $48,877 million. Fourth quarter sales were $12,449 million, up +4.0% over the prior year. Note that 2013 results More...

12.10.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Industry sales are up +2.2% through October 2013 (10 months). Sales improved modestly in each quarter, increasing +1.2%, +1.8%, and +3.6%, respectively. More...

12.04.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ronald E. Bishop discusses how there are three things that will kill the profitability of an industry and the individual companies within an industry. More...

09.25.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

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” More...

07.31.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Industrial robots are a common sight on the factory floor, particularly in automotive markets. More...

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Ronald E. Bishop founded Bishop & Associates Inc., a market research firm that specializes in the world electronic connector industry, in 1985. The firm publishes a monthly newsletter titled “The Bishop Report,” and the twice-monthly digital publication Connector Supplier.

The reports, produced by a staff of 20 researchers, focus on geographic regions, end-user equipment markets, connector products, and interconnect technologies.

The firm also provides executive placement services and conducts multi-client studies and customer surveys, and assists in merger and acquisition activity.

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