Connector Industry Forecast - 2020-2025

  • How is the connector industry anticipated to perform in 2020? What effect has the pandemic had on the industry? Which regions appear to be weathering the pandemic better than others? Which market sectors? Which product types?

  • Which market sectors and sub-sectors will show the greatest growth in 2020, in 2025? Which market sectors and sub-sectors if any, are anticipated to contract? Which product types are anticipated to show the most growth by 2025?

  • Besides the pandemic, what outside factors are affecting connector growth in 2020? What factors may affect growth in 2021 and beyond?

  • Historically, how will 2020’s performance impact demand? How are currency fluctuations impacting connector sales dollars?

  • What market and product trends will prevail in 2020 and beyond and why?

2020 will go down in the history books as a year of firsts. See how the pandemic has shaped the present and the future of the connector industry, order your copy of the Connector Industry Forecast.

5G Infrastructure - How 5G is Impacting Infrastructure Hardware and Connector Buying Trends

The first wave of broadband changes is in-process and will impact the types of connectors used, who buys them, and how often. The impact will be felt in the mobile infrastructure and through the wireline carrier central office and traditional cable television equipment markets.

  • How is the telecom industry breaking from the past to prepare for tomorrow? What role are industry groups playing in the implementation of 5G?
  • How will the growing sophistication of radio area networks support connector industry growth?
  • What fundamental changes are needed for service providers to profitably provide ongoing service improvements at a reasonable price?
  • How will the accelerating adoption of software-defined open-source hardware platforms impact connector sales forecasts for proprietary equipment sets.
  • How are mobile and fixed broadband networks being integrated onto shared hardware platforms?

Bishop & Associates newest research report, 5G Infrastructure – How 5G is Impacting Infrastructure Hardware and Connector Buying Trends, provides insight as to how 5G and the hardware changes in-process will impact connector buying trends and a reference timetable for when they will be deployed. Timelines may move in or move out, but the significant changes outlined in this report will largely play out over the next five years.

Top 100 Connector Manufacturers

In 2019, the Top 100 Connector Manufacturers Accounted for over 93% of the Total Electronic Connector Market.

  • Who were the top 100 connector manufacturers in total sales?

  • Who were the top 10 connector manufacturers and what percentage of the total connector market did they account for in 2019, the top 50 connector manufacturers?

  • Which connector manufacturers had the greatest sales in the telecom/datacom sector, the industrial sector or the automotive sector?

  • Who was the leader in fiber optic connector sales, RF connector sales or circular connector sales?

  • By base of origin, in which region do the largest connector manufacturers reside?

  • Which connector manufacturers showed the greatest year-over-year growth, the greatest year-over-year decline?

Medical Electronics Market for Interconnect Solutions

This is an equipment sector that places high value on technology, quality, innovation, and material expertise. The medical market for connectors offers major opportunities for both connector industry leaders and the niche manufacturer.

  • What trends are driving growth in the medical equipment sector? What role will demographics play in this growth and how will it affect product design and marketing? How has Covid-19 affected the types of equipment being manufactured today? What role will technologies like robotics, 5G Ethernet, mobile health (mHealth), or artificial intelligence play in the growth of the medical equipment sector?
  • Who are the major connector suppliers to the medical equipment sector and what types of connector products are they supplying? Who are the major medical equipment manufacturers? What role do government regulations play in the design, marketing, and sale of medical equipment? How do regulations affect export and import demands?
  • How important are design features such as low insertion force, non-magnetic materials, polarization and sterilization capabilities, and the ability to handle a variety of contact types, including power, coax, signal, fiber, air, and fluid?

Bishop & Associates newest research report, Medical Electronics Market for Interconnect Solutions analyzes the many aspects involved in the design, development, approval, and marketing of connectors used in the medical market. Tables are included detailing medical connector market sales by region, by medical equipment sub-sector, and by connector product type for the years 2017 through 2025, including a five-year CAGR. A market sector where failure can literally be the difference between life and death, the medical market for connectors may offer designers and manufactures numerous challenges, but the rewards will generally outweigh the challenges.

World RF Coax Cable Market 2020

  • How did the RF coax connector market perform in 2019? How will it perform in 2020 and beyond? What markets and geographical regions present the greatest potential for growth in RF (coaxial) connectors and why?

  • How do new and higher frequency allocations, especially for 5G and IoT, influence design, production tolerances, test equipment, and cost and supply chain sourcing?

  • Which specific RF coax connectors (families and product types) are projected to show the highest growth and how are connector manufacturers addressing these potential increases or decreases in demand?

This report provides the latest and most up-to-date market information, trends, RF connector technology, product, and application information. RF coax connector sales for the years 2018, 2019, 2020F, and 2025F are provided by RF connector family and type, worldwide and by region of the world. Predictions include effects of trends for higher frequencies, broader application bandwidths, and international shifts. With a forecasted CAGR of XX.X% from 2020 to 2025, growth of the world RF coax connector market exceeds many other connector types. Major changes are currently underway for coaxial connectors and applications. Understand and prepare your company and customers for these changes by ordering your copy of World RF Coax Connector Market 2020.

Connector Industry Yearbook

Each year, Bishop & Associates prepares the Connector Industry Yearbook based on annual reports provided by publicly traded connector companies. Income statements and balance sheets are consolidated for the past 10 years, five years, and most current year, providing benchmarks on the industry and the overall performance of the public connector companies. The report also provides a high level overview of the connector industry from 2009-2019 and a 2020 and 2025 forecast for sales by region of the world and by end-use equipment sector. The world electronic connector industry was $37.4 billion in size in 2009. In the 10 years since, the industry has achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +5.6% with worldwide sales of $64.2 billion in 2019.

2020 World Cable Assembly Market

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, what will be the growth markets and regions for cable assemblies in the next five years?

  • Which regions, markets, and cable assembly types have the highest growth prospects?
  • What technical and economic trends are affecting the cable assembly industry?
  • What cable assembly types are being used by market sector and region?
  • Where should business investments be focused?

2020 World Cable Assembly Market, a new research report from industry leader Bishop & Associates, addresses these questions and many more. This 17-chapter, 203-page report provides a detailed analysis in US dollars for the years 2019 through 2025, by region, end-use equipment sector, and cable assembly type. Our analysis is provided numerically and graphically, allowing the reader to easily view and understand upcoming trends.

World Connector Market Handbook

In 2019, connectors used in the automotive end-use equipment sector accounted for 23.7% of all electronic connectors. Will Covid-19 change this in 2021?

  • How does this compare to five years ago? Ten years ago? What percentage will the automotive market account for in 2020? In 2025?
  • How did other end-use equipment sectors perform in 2019? How are they predicted to perform in 2020? How are they anticipated to perform five-years from now? What effect will Covid-19 have on the connector industry in 2020? In 2025?
  • Which product types gained the greatest market share and which product types lost market share? Which if any markets are anticipated to grow in 2020? How will this growth affect the five-year CAGR?
  • Which regions and product types are aligned to show the most growth in 2020? Which are aligned to show the least growth?

Non-Automotive Transportation Market for Connectors - 2019-2025F

Non-Automotive Transportation Market for Connectors examines the technology, trends, and products that are driving the growth of the various sub-sectors within the transportation market. Forecasts by transportation sector, product type and region are provided, along with five-year compound average growth rate projections. This report examines the following questions, and more.

  • Which mode of transportation, rail & rolling stock, commercial air, commercial vehicle, commercial marine, or other accounted for the highest connector sales in 2019? Which mode is anticipated to account for the greatest growth in 2025?
  • What trends are driving the growth, or decline, of the commercial air, rail & rolling stock, commercial vehicles or any of the other sub-sectors in the transportation sector? What role are environmental regulations playing in the various sub-sectors? Are these regulations driving the growth of alternative power sources and what are these alternatives?
  • Which connector type is anticipated to show the most growth during the five-year period 2020F through 2025F? Which regions will outgrow other regions and what is the background of this growth?

Connector Types and Technologies Poised for Growth

What Connector and Sensor Types Are Poised to Grow the Most over the Next Five Years?

  • Which existing connector types are poised for exceptional sales growth?
  • What new electronic products and technologies are driving the growth in sensor and connectors?
  • What potentially disruptive technologies may impact connector and sensor design and utilization over the next five years?
  • As electronic system designers begin to bump up against the limitations of traditional PCB circuit design and are considering the transmission of 25+ Gb/s signals over twin-axial or co-axial copper cables, what role will microminiature coax connectors play?
  • How will open standards provide a cost-effective solution to new product development for both large and small manufacturers?

Constantly evolving technology is having a profound effect on the design and implementation of connectors. Know which connectors will benefit most from this evolution, order your copy of Connector Types and Technologies Poised for Growth today.

World Automotive Connector Market

Bishop and Associates, Inc. has released a new 15-chapter, 203-page research report providing an in-depth analysis of the worldwide automotive connector market. Covering the periods 2014, 2019, and 2024, this report focuses on interconnects used in light vehicle production. Connector usage is broken down by vehicle type; low-cost/economy, mid-range and premium, as well as by key electronic system, connector type, and region.

World Consumer Market for Connectors 2019

Bishop & Associates latest research report, World Consumer Market for Connectors – 2019 examines the technology, products, and outside influences that are shaping the consumer market. Individual chapters are devoted to the connected home appliance market, consumer mobile phone and watch markets, as well as the HD/UHDTV from 1080P to 8K, and the personal computer and tablet markets.

  • How has the consumer appliance market changed over the last five years? How is this market anticipated to change in the next five years, the next 10-years? What factors are driving these changes? What role do interconnect products play in the future of the consumer appliance market?
  • What is driving the rise and fall of the personal computer and tablets market, the consumer mobile phone and watch markets? Over the next ten years, which of these markets have the potential for the greatest growth in units? How will this growth affect the number of connectors currently being consumed in the manufacturing of these products?
  • What unique product enhancements will drive the growth of the television market? Which I/O’s will prevail, and which ones will be replaced or incorporated into other connector products? How will these changes affect the number of connectors used in this market?

Top 100 Cable Assembly Companies

In 2017, Industry Sales of Cable Assemblies Totaled Nearly $155 Billion!

  • Who came out on top?
  • What countries were home to these companies?
  • What were their total sales by region?
  • How much of the industry do the Top 100 represent?

Know your competitors and know your acquisition targets. Who are the biggest companies out there in the worldwide cable assembly industry? How might they impact you or help you?

World Industrial Market for Connectors

  • What is the biggest driver of productivity and growth in industrial markets over the next decade? What growth rates can we expect from the industrial market from 2018 through 2023?
  • How do the traditional industrial markets such “Industrial Automation & Process Control”, “Machine Tools, Machinery and Robotics”, “Building & Civil Engineering”, “Energy Markets” and “Heavy Equipment” relate to smart factories, smart grid, and smart cities?
  • What factors are driving the growth of smart factories, smart cities, and the smart grid? How are these intertwined and what role will communication protocols play?
  • What communication protocols are most prominent in the industrial market sector? By application, which protocols are anticipated to show the greatest growth and why?
  • Which connector type is anticipated to show the most growth during the five-year period 2018 through 2023? Which industrial segments and which regions will show highest growth rates?

Connector Manufacturers Connect to Sensors

  • What functions do sensors perform? What applications utilize sensors? What are the fastest growing applications for electronic sensors?
  • What is driving the interest in sensors by connector manufacturers? What advantages can connector manufacturers bring to the sensor market? What is the synergy between connectors and sensors?
  • Who are the current leaders in the electronic sensor industry? What is the global market value of electronic sensors? What is the global market forecast for electronic sensors over the next five-years?

Fiber Optic Connector and Cable Assembly Market 2017-2022

Important in nearly every aspect of the connector industry, fiber optic technologies are playing an increasingly key role in the future growth of the connector industry.

  • Which fiber optic connector and assembly types currently dominate the market?  Will this change in the next five years?
  • Which fiber optic connector types will exhibit strongest growth over the next five-years? What fiber optic connector types will show the least growth?
  • What applications are driving the growth of fiber optic connectors and assemblies?
  • In which market sector are fiber optic connectors and assemblies most prevalent?  Will this change over the next five-years?  What types of applications within this sector are driving this growth?
  • Which suppliers are best aligned to address this growing market?

Research Reports

Research on the connector and cable assembly industry is provided by market sector, product type, regions, and countries.

The Bishop Report

Performance of and forecasts for the connector industry are provided in 12 monthly issues, 50 News Briefs per year, and the Connector Industry Yearbook.

The World's Connector Companies

Profiles of hundreds of connector companies are available on a subscribers-only website that can be searched by markets, products, sales volume, regions, and countries.

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Bishop & Associates provides global M&A services on both buy- and sell-side engagements. To learn more, contact Ron Bishop, 630-443-2702, or email, for a confidential conversation on our capabilities.


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