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Facts & Figures: The Real Top 10 Connector Manufacturers

By Connector Supplier | January 04, 2016

The top 10 connector manufacturers are usually ranked by world sales, but when Bishop & Associates redefines “top 10,” the list of companies moves around as well.



Typically, Bishop & Associates ranks the top 10 connector manufacturers by total world sales. When annual sales are the unit of measure, the 10 largest companies are as follows:

 2014 Top 10 Market Share

Top 10 connector manufacturers by market share

However, defining the top 10 by annual sales alone is misleading. The top 10 connector manufacturers change significantly if the definition of “top 10” changes. For example, which are the 10 largest companies in China? Which are the 10 largest companies serving the automotive market? Which are the 10 largest companies that manufacture RF connectors?

The answers to these questions are important if you are seeking the top connector suppliers in different geographic regions, end-use markets, or products.

Top 10 by Region

When the top 10 is defined by geographic region, 25 companies achieve “top 10” status. The following table identifies these companies.

Top 10 by Region 2014

Top 10 connector manufacturers by region of the world

You will note that only four companies achieved top 10 status in all regions – TE Connectivity, Molex, Amphenol, and Yazaki. Delphi Connection Systems achieved top 10 status in all regions except Japan.

Top 10 by Market Sector

When “top ten” is defined as the 10 largest in each end-use equipment sector, 36 companies achieve top 10 status. These companies are identified in the following tables.

Top 10 by End-Use Equipment Sector 2014

Top 10 connector manufacturers by end-use equipment

TE Connectivity achieved top 10 status in all 11 market sectors. Molex was top 10 in eight, Amphenol and Delphi in seven, and Foxconn, LuxShare, JAE, JST, and 3M achieved top 10 status in five market sectors.

Top 10 by Product

We classify products into 12 major product categories or types. When the 10 largest companies are defined by product type, 41 company names appear. These companies are identified in the following tables.

 Top 10 by Product Type 2014

tTop 10 connector manufacturers by product

We now have 25 companies by geographic region with “top 10” status, 36 in market sectors, and 41 in products. This is a larger “top 10” list, but we have only just started identifying the largest connector providers. What if you need to find the largest provider of a specific connector in a specific country? The top 10 list would definitely change if you were looking for Mil-DTL-38999 connectors in Germany, France, or South Korea.

There are more than 1,000 connector companies in the world. Bishop & Associates has profiled more than 700 of these companies and archived the profiles on a sortable website called the World’s Connector Companies. To learn more, visit www.wccreport.com. If you would like a demonstration of the site’s capabilities, please contact [email protected] to set up a GoTo Meeting demonstration that requires approximately 30 minutes.

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