In 2013, Europe accounted for 21.8% or $10,643 million of total world connector demand. This was an increase of 7.3% over 2012, when Europe accounted for $9.916 million.

As the following table displays, Europe was the fastest growing region in 2013.

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The 7.3% sales growth in 2013 was the result of improving European economies and pent up demand resulting from a 10.9% decline in European connector sales in 2012. Bishop’s five-year forecast (2014 through 2019) for Europe is a CAGR of 4.3%.This growth rate will increase European sales from $10,643 million in 2013 to $14,414 million in 2019.

Bishop divides Europe into western and eastern regions. For sales and forecasting purposes, Europe is further divided into 19 different regions or countries. These regions or countries are as follows.

  • Austria
  • Benelux – Netherlands, Belgium & Luxemburg
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Iberian Peninsula – Portugal and Spain
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Scandinavia – Denmark, Norway and Sweden
  • Other Countries – Slovenia, Croatia, Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Cyprus, Greece and city-states such as Vatican, Gibraltar, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino.

It is important to note that Bishop does not include Russia in the European region, but rather as a part of the ROW region.

Western countries include Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Eastern countries include Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2013, the western countries accounted for 81.8% of European connector demand, and the eastern countries 18.2%.

For a more detailed description, as well as sales and forecast information on specific European countries and regions, please see Bishop & Associates’ research report titled "The European Connector Market Handbook."

As noted above, connector demand is concentrated in Western European countries, and just three western countries accounted for 51.8% of total European connector sales in 2013. 

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Top Ten European Based Connector Companies

The top 10 European-based connector manufacturers achieved world sales of $3,820 million in 2013 or 7.8% of world connector demand. These same companies had European connector sales of $2,018 million or 23.4% of European connector demand.

The following table identifies the top 10 European-based companies. The companies are ranked by total world sales, not European sales. For example, Rosenberger is #11 in world sales among all connector companies and #1 in world sales among European-based connector companies. 

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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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