The top 10 connector manufacturers, as a group, achieved $32 billion in annual sales or 59.8% of world connector demand.

The following table identifies the top 10 as defined by total world connector sales.


Top Connector Manufactures Ranked By World Sales

The above table reveals some interesting trends:

  • The top four connector manufacturers are all U.S. based companies (TE Connectivity #1, Amphenol #2, Molex #3, and Delphi #4).
  • There are four Japanese companies in the top 10 (Yazaki #5, JAE #7, JST #9, and Hirose #10).
  • There is one top 10 company from the Asia Pacific region (Foxconn (FIT), Taiwan #6).
  • There is one top 10 company from China (Luxshare). This is the second year a Chinese company has achieved top 10 ranking.
  • The top 10, as a group, reported a sales increase of 7.5% in 2016. This compares favorably to an industry-wide sales increase of 4.1%. The better performance of the top 10 was aided greatly by acquisitions.

Note, the three largest companies, TE Connectivity, Molex and Amphenol, are very active acquirers.

The Top 10 Market Share (1980-2016)

The following table compares the top 10 combined annual sales to world connector demand.


Top 10 Market Share (1980-2016)

The top 10 accounted for 38% of the world connector demand in 1980 and 59.8% in 2016. Much of this growth can be attributed to acquisitions made by the top 10. In the last five years alone, TE acquired Deutsch ($670 million – 2011), Delphi acquired the MVL division of FCI ($950 million - 2012), Molex acquired Oplink Communications ($200 million – 2014), and Amphenol acquired FCI ($600 million – 2015). In addition to those mentioned, manufacturers listed in the top 10 made an additional 38 acquisitions during this five-year span!

The following graphs top 10 market share gains over the past 36-years.


Top 10 Market Share (1980-2016)

Top 10 Landscape Changes

Since 1980, there has been a dramatic change in the companies that comprise the top 10. Some companies have moved up in rank, others have moved out of the top 10 and still, others have gone out of business or have been acquired by larger companies.

The following table provides a history of the top 10 over a 36-year time frame.


History of the top 10 over a 36-year time frame

Some highlights include:

  • TE Connectivity has remained the largest connector company since 1980. The name changed from AMP to Tyco International to Tyco Electronics and currently to TE Connectivity.
  • Molex and Amphenol have remained in the top 10 throughout the 36-year time frame. Molex moved from the tenth largest in 1980 to the third largest in 2016. Amphenol, the second largest in 1980 fell to fifth in 2000, but moved up to the third largest in 2010 and the second largest in 2016.
  • Companies that were in the top 10 in 1980 but have not retained a top 10 ranking are ITT Cannon, 3M, Winchester, Augat, Cinch, and Burndy. Dupont/Berg was acquired by Framatone (FCI) and later by Amphenol.
  • There were no Asian companies in the top 10 in 1980. In 2016, there were six Asian companies represented in the top 10.

The following table shows the number of top 10 companies by region of the world over the 36-year period (1980-2016).


Top 10 Market Share (1980-2016)

Luxshare achieved a top 10 rank in 2015, making it the first and only Chinese company achieving top 10 status. They maintained this ranking in 2016. Europe has not had a company achieve top 10 ranking since 2011, when FCI sold their motorized vehicle division to Delphi, already a top 10 manufacturer.

In the near future we will analyze to 10 connector manufacturer rankings by region, products manufactured and markets served. This analysis is interesting and informative because it highlights many additional companies that have achieved success by implementing a focused product and market approach.

Bishop & Associates has published a 10-chapter research report that provides a complete analysis of the World’s Top 100 Electronic Connector Manufacturers. This report furnishes detailed statistics that benchmark the leading connector manufacturers by 2015/2016 total sales, sales by end-use equipment market, sales by product category, and many other key industry measurements. All manufacturers are exhibited by 2016 sales, and are ranked by region of the world with percent year-to-year change. The report provides all the key data needed to analyze each of the top 100 worldwide electronic connector suppliers. Click here for more information.

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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