Design engineers and purchasing personnel want to use the best connector companies for their design and purchasing requirements. However, identifying the best companies is not an easy task. Answers to the following questions are important.

  • Which companies offer the products and services required? Which companies offer faster delivery, shorter lead times, reasonable prices and higher quality?
  • Which companies are easier to deal with on a daily basis?
  • Which companies can we count on when there is a problem?

The answers to these questions are not easy. It takes experience. It takes time. Only working with companies will provide the answer to “which companies will we allow to be part of our supply chain”?”

The first step is to identify those companies that are successful. We believe identifying the top 10 companies, using different definitions of what constitutes top ten, is the logical starting point for identifying the best connector suppliers. Specifically, who are the:

  • Top 10 in world sales
  • Top 10 in each geographic region
  • Top 10 in products manufactured
  • Top 10 in markets served

This article will provide you with the names of the companies in the above four classifications. Therefore, this is a good start on identifying top ten companies. Later you may elect to further refine your selection for which companies to consider as part of your supply chain. For example, who are the largest companies that offer?

  • A specific type of connector in North America, Europe, etc.
  • A specific type of connector in the U.S., England, France, Germany, China, Japan, etc.

A more granular approach is required, but the designer or buyer should always start with examining the largest companies first. We believe that achieving size suggests a level of success. After all, customers have rewarded them with their business.

The remainder of this article identifies the largest companies in total world sales, sales by regions, sales by market sector and sales by product manufactured.

Top 10 in World Sales

The following table shows the top 10 connector companies by total sales.

Top 10 by Geographic Region

The following table shows the top 10 companies by sales by regions.

When the definition is top 10 by region, 23 companies earn a top 10 ranking.

Top 10 by Market Sector

The following table identifies the top 10 in the 11 market sectors.

When market sector is used as the definition, 38 companies achieve top 10 ranking.

Top 10 by Product Manufactured

The following table identifies the 10 largest manufacturers of the 12 major product categories.

When products manufactured are the definition, 45 companies achieved top 10 ranking. Of these 45 companies, 36 also appeared in the top 10 for market ranking, with nine additional companies making top 10 ranking.

Companies Achieving Top 10 Status

The following table identifies the 47 companies that have a top 10 ranking using sales by regions, markets, and products. The table also notes the number of top 10 mentions under each of the three definitions.

We identified 47 companies with a top 10 ranking. We believe this information is very useful to the user community in identifying, researching, and selecting the companies with whom to partner.

Other levels of information are also important. For example, who are the leading companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Taiwan, etc.? Who are the leading companies in Germany that supply military circular connectors or have heavy duty power types?

The quest for the right supplier for your company is not easy. However, identifying the companies under various definitions makes a difficult task easier.

Bishop & Associates has a website with over 750 connector company profiles. The profiles may be sorted by annual sales, region, country, markets served, and products manufactured. Each sort prepares a report that may be downloaded and saved.

This website,, might be useful in your search for the connector companies that meet your requirements. Contact Lynda Nolen at for a demonstration of how the site works. The “Go-to-Meeting” conference call requires about 30 minutes. Thirty minutes that could save you hours, even days in your search for that perfect partner.

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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