China Sourcing Report: Connectors & Cable Assemblies

20 Oct 2011 • by Natalie Aster

China’s connectors and cable assembly industry is poised for continuous growth as makers boost production and R&D capability to push the line up the value chain. The first initiative is also under efforts to meet rising demand from North America, Europe and emerging markets. Expansion plans are under way to boost yield by as much as 20 percent.

R&D work emphasizes the shift to variants supporting the latest standards, including HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 and SATA III. New interconnect types are being explored as well. Companies are also enhancing product performance, with compact and modular designs, fine pitch, improved reliability, high frequency and longer operating life as the key goals.

Suppliers expect these to widen the line’s penetration in both traditional and new applications. Among the major adopters are the consumer and automotive electronics, PC and communications sectors.

The report “China Sourcing Report: Connectors & Cable Assemblies” by Global Sources covers the major products of China’s connectors and cable assembly industry, namely HDMI, computer product and RF interconnects, and wire supplies. For each category, details about the different types offered, their common features and price determinants are provided.

Key findings:

  1. China continues to be an important sourcing hub for connectors and cable assemblies, ranking second to North America in terms of global supply share.
  2. HDMI, USB, DisplayPort, board-to board and RF interconnects top makers’ portfolios, driven by robust demand from the consumer electronics, communications and automotive segments.
  3. Customization remains a key trend. Manufacturers also ensure products follow international standards such as UL, CE, VDE and CSA.
  4. North America and Europe will continue to be the major export destinations, with 80 percent of interviewed companies planning to boost shipments there in coming months. Others will explore opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Central and South America, Africa and Russia.
  5. Export prices are projected to increase in the months ahead. Thirty seven percent of profiled enterprises associate this to rising material costs, while almost the same number point to higher labor outlay. Many will limit adjustments to 5 to 10 percent to preserve their customer base. A few are opting to retain quotes or even reduce them to attract orders.
  6. Notwithstanding the challenges, the majority of respondents are optimistic of higher export sales in coming months. More than one-third expect growth to exceed 20 percent.
  7. Amid upbeat projections, most interviewed makers are planning to raise capital investment in the following months. 

Report Details:

China Sourcing Report: Connectors & Cable Assemblies
Published: September 2011
Pages: 104
Price: US$ 450.00

Report Sample Abstract

Supplier profiles: Aliner Industries Inc.

Aliner generated $20 million last year from sales of connectors and cable assemblies, $8.2 million of which came from exports. Shipments went mainly to the Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for 75 percent of total export volume.

In the months ahead, the supplier will continue to focus on the area and expects this to improve overseas revenue by 10 to 20 percent.

The Taiwan-invested company has more than 800 sets of advanced CNC and CAM machines. It can produce 11 million units each month but currently averages 8 million.

The maker specializes in RoHScompliant RF products for car electronics and medical applications. It boasts IPR for RF switching connectors.

More information can be found in the report “China Sourcing Report: Connectors & Cable Assemblies” by Global Sources.

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