Connector Industry Forecast
This eight-chapter report, with over 200 tables
and charts, provides an in-depth, and detailed forecast of the worldwide
connector industry. In addition to detailed forecasts for each region of the
world (North America, Europe, Japan, China, Asia Pacific, ROW), an industry
overview is included providing current market trends, industry book-to-bill
ratios, and an industry outlook.
Worldwide and each regional forecast includes:
Computers & Peripherals
Communication LAN Devices
Other Computer Equipment
Automatic Test Equipment
Diagnostic & Imaging
Other Medical Equipment
Industrial Auto &
Building & Civil
Machine Tools, Machinery
Body Wiring & Power
Comfort, Convenience &
Safety & Security
RV's & Power Sports
A., M., Construction, and
Farm and Garden
Home Video Equipment
Home Audio Equipment
Consumer White Goods
2015 – A Tough Year for Foreign Currency
Connector sales grew +8.2%
in 2014 to $55,402 million. China had a stellar year with sales up +14.5%, the
only region to grow in double-digits. This made the China region more than 25%
larger than Europe, the second largest region in 2014. North America also had a
very good year with sales up +7.8% compared to the prior year. Europe and
Japan’s growth decreased over the year and ROW never really got going.
sales in 2015 are not faring as well. With only Asia-Pacific anticipated to
finish 2015 with year-over-year growth, the connector industry is forecast to
decline -5.6%. In percentage growth, the largest decrease will be seen in ROW,
where connector sales are anticipated to decline -19.5%. In pure US dollars,
the greatest loss in connector sales will in the European region, where sales
will contract over $1.5 billion dollars.
This contraction in European
sales will place Europe behind North America in sales for the first time since
2007, when Europe overtook North America in total connector sales. It will also
strengthen China’s first place position, giving them over 28% of all connector
sales in 2015.
The connector industry’s
sales by region are noted in the following table.
We are forecasting 2016
sales to grow +X.X% to $XX,XXX million.
Here are some points to
consider in support of the 2016 forecast:
- This projected low-single-digit growth is in
line with GDP growth projections by the IMF for the various regions of the
- For most of the major economies of the world,
consumer confidence and business confidence are positive, but they are
- Low energy prices are putting more money in
consumer’s pockets which they are spending.
- Interest rates are still at historical lows.
- The US Federal Reserve, the European Central
Bank and the People’s Bank of China are all keeping a close eye on
interest rates, inflation/deflation and money supplies to keep their
economies in control and on an even keel. The financial markets, however,
are likely to remain unstable as quantitative easing in Europe is drawn
down and the United States Federal Reserve tries to increase interest
- Economic growth may be modest in 2016, but the
growth of electronics (with connector content) will continue to outpace
the general economies.