Automotive is the largest market sector for connectors, with 2013 world sales of $10,943 million, or 22.3% of world connector demand.

The following table identifies the size of the automotive market by geographic region and shows sales performance in 2013.

Automotive Connector Market by Region

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The world connector market grew just 2.7% in 2013 versus automotive growth of 7.5%. In the past four years, this has been the trend line – automotive growing much faster than the overall industry.

Automotive Sales Performance Versus Other Market Sectors

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We believe this trend will continue. The following table provides Bishop & Associates’ five-year forecast for automotive connectors.

Automotive Connector Forecast 2013-2018

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Our forecast for world connector demand between 2013 and 2018 calls for connecotor growth of 7.5% versus automotive growth of 9.5%.

Comfort, convenience, and entertainment (CCE) uses the most connectors ($3,423 million in 2013), accounting for 31.2% of automotive connectors.

2013 Automotive Connectors by Sub-Sector

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The automotive connector market is very top heavy with three large manufacturers. TE Connectivity, Yazaki, and Delphi account for 71% of world automotive connector sales.

The following table identifies the 10 largest automotive connector manufacturers.

Top 10 Automotive Connector Manufacturers

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Ronald E. Bishop


Ronald E. 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 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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