Connector Industry Reports

History of M & A in the Connector Industry


Report Number: C-150-18
Price: $3500.00
Publication Date: October 2018





Acquisitions and mergers over the last several decades have dramatically changed the landscape of the connector, cable, and cable assembly market.

  • How have acquisitions changed the standing of the top 10 connector manufacturers? The top 50 or the top 100 connector manufacturers?
  • How have acquisitions affected the technology, market, and product focus of connector manufacturers? Cable manufacturers and cable assembly manufacturers?
  • Which manufacturers have made the greatest number of acquisitions?
  • Which year accounted for the greatest number of acquisitions? Which year had the fewest acquisitions?
  • What type of acquisitions; manufacturer, distributor, or private equity produced the greatest change in the market?

Examining over 600 acquisitions, History of M & A in the Connector Industry (Shrinking Footprints: Connector Industry Consolidation 1954-2018) looks at how mergers and acquisitions have changed the connector, cable, and cable assembly industry. The report chronicles acquisitions by year, type (manufacturer, distributor or private equity firm) and manufacturer, while also looking at the change in acquisition targets over the years.

History of M & A in the Connector Industry

Shrinking Footprints: Consolidation in the Connector Industry
Chapter 1 – Merger and Acquisitions in the Connector Industry
  • Introduction
  • Top 100 Percent of Total Connector Market 1999 vs. 2017
  • Top 50 Connector Manufacturers 1999 vs 2017
  • Top Three Connector Manufacturer’s Market Share 1999 vs. 2017
  • Total Number of Acquisitions by Year
  • Total World Connector Year-Over-Year Percent Change
  • Valuation: Purchase Price to Sales
  • Purchase Price to Sales – 2018 through 1987
  • Purchase Price to Sales by Decade 2018 – 1987
Chapter 2 – Manufacturer Acquisitions by Year
  • Introduction
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions by Year 2000 through 2018
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2018
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2017
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2016
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2015
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2014
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2013
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2012
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2011
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2010
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2009
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2008
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2007
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2006
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2005
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2004
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2003
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2002
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2001
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 2000
  • Manufacturer Acquisitions 1999 and Earlier
Chapter 3 – Distributor Acquisitions by Year
  • Introduction
  • Distributor Acquisitions by Year 2008 through 2018
  • Distributor Acquisitions 2016 through 2018
  • Distributor Acquisitions 2015 through 2011
  • Distributor Acquisitions 2010 through 2000
  • Distributor Acquisitions 1999 and Prior
Chapter 4 – Private Equity Acquisitions
  • Introduction
  • Private Equity Acquisition by Year
Chapter 5 – Manufacturer Acquisitions by Manufacturer
  • Total Acquisitions by Manufacturer
  • Amphenol Acquisitions by Year
  • Molex Acquisitions by Year
  • Tyco/TE Connectivity Acquisitions by Year
  • FCI/Framatome Acquisitions by Year
  • Carlisle Acquisitions by Year
  • Amp Acquisitions by Year
  • Smiths Acquisitions by Year
  • Winchester Acquisitions by Year
  • Methode Acquisitions by Year
  • Bel Acquisitions by Year
  • Belden Acquisitions by Year
  • Corning Acquisitions by Year
  • Leoni Acquisitions by Year
  • Luxshare Acquisitions by Year
  • Teledyne Acquisitions by Year
  • Berg Acquisitions by Year
  • PKC Group Acquisitions by Year
  • HEICO Acquisitions by Year
  • Alcoa Fujikura Acquisitions by Year
  • ECI Acquisitions by Year
  • ITT Cannon Acquisitions by Year
  • RF Industries Acquisitions by Year
  • Samtec Acquisitions by Year
  • Thomas Betts Acquisitions by Year
  • AirBorn Acquisitions by Year
  • Delphi Acquisitions by Year
  • Deutsch Acquisitions by Year
  • HUBER+SUHNER Acquisitions by Year
  • Interconnect Systems Inc. Acquisitions by Year
  • Phoenix Contact Acquisitions by Year
  • Rosenberger Acquisitions by Year
  • Cooper Industries Acquisitions by Year
  • Emerson Acquisitions by Year
  • ERNI Acquisitions by Year
  • General Cable Acquisitions by Year
  • Lapp Group Acquisitions by Year
  • Lear Acquisitions by Year
  • Prysmian Acquisitions by Year
  • Schurter Holding AG Acquisitions by Year
  • Southwire Company Acquisitions by Year
  • 3M Acquisitions by Year
  • ABB Acquisitions by Year
  • AMETEK Acquisitions by Year
  • AVX Acquisitions by Year
  • BizLink Holding Acquisitions by Year
  • CommScope Acquisitions by Year
  • Conesys Acquisitions by Year
  • EDAC Acquisitions by Year
  • Esterline Acquisitions by Year
  • Genuine Parts Company Acquisitions by Year
  • Glenair Acquisitions by Year
  • Hubbell Inc. Acquisitions by Year
  • Meritec/Joy Signal Acquisitions by Year
  • Radiall Acquisitions by Year
  • Sensata Technologies Acquisitions by Year
  • Stratos Lightwave Acquisitions by Year
  • Technitrol Acquisitions by Year
  • Weidmuller Acquisitions by Year
  • Yazaki Acquisitions by Year
Chapter 6 – Acquisition by Technology, Manufacturer, and Year
  • Introduction
  • Sensor Technology Acquisitions by Company
  • Medical Technology Acquisitions by Company
  • Antenna Technology Acquisitions by Company
  • Automotive Technology Acquisitions by Company
  • Fiber Optic Technology Acquisitions by Company
  • Ruggedized Technology Acquisitions by Company
Chapter 7 – All Acquisitions by Year
  • 2018 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2017 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2016 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2015 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2014 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2013 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2012 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2011 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2010 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2009 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2008 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2007 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2006 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2005 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2004 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2003 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2002 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2001 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 2000 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1999 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1998 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1997 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1996 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1995 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1994 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1993 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1992 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1991 Acquisitions by Year and Type
  • 1990 and Prior - Acquisitions by Year and Type

Bishop and Associates has just released a new seven-chapter research report analyzing the history of mergers and acquisitions in the connector, cable, and cable assembly market. This research report, which looks at acquisitions by year, acquirer type (manufacturer, distributor, or private equity firm), and technology, examines how mergers and acquisitions have affected the growth of the top 10 connector manufacturers, the top 50 and top 100, and the connector and cable market in general.

Since their founding in 1985, Bishop & Associates has tracked acquisitions in the connector industry. These include acquisitions by manufacturers of connectors or cable and wire, manufacturers who produce cable assemblies or wire harnesses, distributors that focus on connectors as part of their product offering, and private equity companies. During this period, more than 600 acquisitions of these type have been recorded.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, many of these acquisitions, in particular those of traditional connector manufacturers, have ventured outside of the standard connector arena. Connector manufacturers over that time have acquired companies that focus on sensors, antennas, complex medical equipment, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications. Others have focused on specific product types, such as fiber optics or ruggedized connector and cable assemblies.

The following table shows antenna technology acquisitions by company acquired, acquirer and year.

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This report also looks at the history of individual acquirers. Of the more than 600 acquisitions recorded, over 500 of them were initiated by manufacturers. These acquisitions, which represent over 140 different manufacturers, include many companies who later become targets of acquisitions themselves.

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