Ubiquitous Connector Industry Still Vital, but How Do Companies Maintain Profitability When Uncontrollable Costs Spike? How Will Cabling Companies Survive Product Commoditization?

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- From mobile phones and computers to cars, aircraft and military equipment, connectors are present in devices and applications across all industries, and as such serve a vital – if often utterly transparent – function. Strong signal, efficient power transmission, and fast data transfers rely on good connections, and the connectors market is one of the first places to look for a bottleneck in these performance areas.

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The profitability of the overall connector industry and of individual market participants can be tied to a number of factors. Certainly, management decisions regarding spending and cost control will contribute to improved results, or at least mitigate losses during bad economic conditions. Other management-controlled, profit-influencing decisions are manufacturing footprint, marketing, sales, product innovation, customer service, etc. The three largest contributors to income statements, however — global economic health, price erosion, and commodity prices — are not controlled by management, leading to the wide open question of how businesses can take back control their own destinies.

Product commoditization is forcing structured cabling into the backseat when it comes to strategic thinking across IT departments. Cabling companies have responded by reinventing themselves and creating new value-added services in hopes of attracting attention from customers. Many no longer lead with cables and connectors, but have developed marketing strategies that address hot buttons such as cooling. In order to address this topic, vendors have introduced a series of products to maximize airflow through the rack or cabinet. In addition, firms like Panduit have developed pre-configured rack systems designed around a specific switch to reduce designing, planning, procurement, and installation time. Many of these racks are custom-configured to customer needs. It fits in perfectly with the concept of data center standardization and the implementation of PODs at a rack or row level.

New market research reports available from GiiResearch.com helps companies in the connectors and cabling industry plan their operational strategies around changes in the macroeconomic landscape and linked industry trends. With market assessments and end-user market analyses, firms can gauge the direction their industry is headed for and prepare by either expanding their reach or cutting costs.

Connector Industry Forecast

Bishop & Associates currently projects 2013 will see growth in the connector industry of 4.2% to $49.1 million, with each quarter seeing slight sequential increases. This forecast is based on the following three assumptions: 1) The European economies begin to stabilize and modest growth is achieved in their GDPs. 2) The United States avoids a political stalemate on the budget to escape triggering the automatic budget cuts/tax increases and modest growth is achieved in the GDP. 3) With improving economic conditions in the Western economies, China will see their GDP growth stabilize and begin to improve modestly.

This report provides an in-depth and detailed forecast of the global connector industry. In addition to the detailed forecasts for each region of the world (North America, Europe, Japan, China, Asia Pacific, and ROW), an industry overview is included which provides current market trends, industry book-to-bill ratios, and outlook narrative.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/bs238973-connector-industry-forecast.html

Structured Cabling Technology and Market Assessment

Data centers continue to represent a major growing market for structured cabling. Spurred first by the growth of the Internet and now, in addition, by the global proliferation of smartphones and applications like on-demand video, the need for data center space continues to increase. Seeing this opportunity, many structured cabling manufacturers have developed programs specifically to attack this market.

This report contains in-depth analysis of the market for structured cabling components and evaluations of what products may be introduced in the future. The report discusses the ongoing battle between copper and fiber systems and how this will play out in the coming years.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/bs258815-structured-cabling-technology-market-assessment.html

2012 European Connector Market Handbook

This comprehensive six-chapter, 254-page report analyzes all aspects of the $11.3 billion European electronic connector market. The report provides detailed connector statistics by equipment sector and product category and by 19 countries. Included is a complete chapter on connector industry results by country, equipment sector and product category. Data is provided for the years 2006-2011, and projections for 2016 (including five-year CAGRs).

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/bs219499-2011-european-connector-market-handbook.html

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