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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...

07.02.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

The connector industry achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +6.3% for the past ten years (2002-2012). More...

06.05.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

The year started off with first quarter connector industry revenues of $11,655 million, up +1.2% from prior year. This was approximately three and one half points lower than anticipated in January. More...

05.01.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop discusses the number of significant occurrences that have a major influence on the connector industry’s profitability. More...

03.13.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop compares semiconductor sales performance to the connector industry. More...

01.23.2013 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop compares the downturns of 2001/2002, 2008/2009 and 2011/2012. More...

10.24.2012 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop discusses how the industry and individual connector companies are meeting their needs for quality, price, lead times, delivery and various other service criteria. More...

09.25.2012 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop discusses the world’s top 10 connector manufacturers. More...

08.29.2012 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Ron Bishop discusses pricing, lead times, raw material costs, and regional and market sector performance with industry leaders to find out what is happening in the marketplace. 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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