Connector industry sales increased an astounding +14.3% year-over-year in 4Q17 to $15,731 million. This is the highest sales quarter on record for the industry (and the third record in a row). Sales for the full-year 2017 came in at a record $60,116 million, up +11.0% over 2016.

The following table shows industry sales by quarter for 2015, 2016 and 2017. 4Q17 sales were over $1,000 million better than our October forecast, up +14.3% versus +6.4%. This level of performance seemed unachievable at the beginning of 2017 and even at the end of the first half. The numbers can be seen in the following table.

Growth by region for the fourth quarter and year-to-date can be seen in the following chart.

Connector industry sales growth can be seen in the following chart by quarter. The industry has grown for seven consecutive quarters.

  • The worldwide growth was driven by the largest regions - China, Europe and North America. China grew 15.9% and now has a worldwide market share of almost 30%
  • The fastest growing market sector was transportation which expanded almost 13% in 2017
  • Automotive was still the largest market sector at over $14 billion in 2017

The semiconductor industry, closely aligned with the connector industry performance trends, grew 21.6% to over $412 billion in 2017.

This was an amazing year for both industries driven by increasing strong economies in most regions of the world!

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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