Influenced by the global economic environment, global sales of connector market than in the first half of 2012 decreased by 3-4% compared to last year, but in general, due to the recession than the first two are relatively mild, so the market gets better from the fourth quarter of 2012, 2012 global connector market overall sales of about $47.1 billion, 2013, the market is expected to keep at 4.2% level of micro growth, sales of about $49.1 billion. In supply in the market, most of connector supplier, the current connector products is still in a relatively stable price level, but some of the distributors and original equipment manufacturers of procurement efforts more conservative, reduced the number of orders, and increased the order frequency, makes usually begin to shorten the delivery time for 6 weeks.
Market growth for 2013, Jin Mo industrial control network, chief analyst at ROM hundred hui is bullish on Internet of things device market, including smartphones, tablets, personal navigation devices, ultra mobile (ultra mobile equipment has become the main connector products market. Especially in the low cost of sells for about $150 in the smartphone segment of the market, China mobile phone vendor shipments will significantly improve further, and put more functional in increasingly compact device, achieve faster listed at the same time. On the other hand, due to the global scope of plug-in electric vehicle demand in recent years has maintained steady growth, makes the equipment built in connectivity in such harsh environments more and more attention, all kinds of electric/hybrid vehicles (EV/HEV) connector solution arises at the historic moment. In addition, the growth of new energy market potential is also to be reckoned with, even though at present to give priority to with solar energy, wind energy efforts in the development of renewable energy is still limited, but over the next few years, along with the increase of global governments policy incentives, the market will usher in the booming stage, there will be more connector manufacturers began in this vibrant and challenging to find new business opportunities in the market.
From the point of application requirements, as much as possible to device packaging volume has been is the mainstream trend of electronics manufacturing industry, especially the portable networked electronic devices present a more lightweight and functional characteristics, forcing connector products in research and development is faced with severe test, the focus of the market demand to focus on how to implement effective connections within the limited space and the interconnection with external, in some specific applications, traditional I/O input/output connector has become one of the focus of market competition. For example, apple released from (Lightning) connectors, as well as for some of the development of high-end data centers and server farms more higher density and signal transmission bandwidth of I/O interface connectors on the product development has become the current connector industry the latest indicator.
High reliability and durability is very important
Thin of portable electronic equipment development, making more and more products need in high compact internal structure of the complete circuit design, and the corresponding circuit and interface design. Under this trend, current various types of connector products are moving in the direction of fine, on the one hand, the connector itself more and more digits but center spacing is smaller; With differential height of the connector on the other hand also more and more small, accounting for less space. During development of this kind of high density connectors in front of the device is more small, thin, and the more the bad application environment, how to guarantee the mechanical durability of connector products and stable contact resistance, manufacturers need to solve one of the key topics.