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.

The following table shows connector sales by quarter for 2014. 1Q’14 had the most growth at +9.6% for the quarter. 3Q’14 had the largest sales volume at $13,575 million or 25.7% of the full-year sales. The third quarter has had the most sales volume in six out of the last 10 years.

Connector Industry Quarterly Sales & Forecast
2012, 2013, and 2014 

The following chart shows year-over-year quarterly sales performance for the last 13 quarters. 

2014 Regional Results

As seen in the following table, the industry had the most growth in China at +14.5% for the year to $13,635 million. Japan and Europe’s results were below expectations as their economies faltered during the year.

2013/2014 Connector Industry Sales Results
By Region

Transportation had the most growth of all the market sectors followed closely by computers.

2013/2014 Connector Industry Sales Results
By Market Sector 

Connector Industry Surpasses $50 Billion in Sales

Connector industry sales grew to $52.9 billion in 2014. In the 35 years that Bishop has tracked the industry, this is the first time that the industry has gone above this demarcation point.

As can be seen in the following chart, industry sales have grown more than six-fold since 1980. This is a compound annual growth rate of 5.3% over that timeframe. 

Undoubtedly, the industry would have surpassed this level prior to now if not for the recession that began in 2008 which caused the industry to contract 22% in that one year. 2010, however, brought the industry back up to the 2008 sales level and 2012 was only a minor setback. 

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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