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April 2023 | Companies

Automotive electrical connectors: what are they? Types and characteristics

Automotive electric connectors are key components for the car’s wiring system since they perform relevant tasks of linking the many parts along the wiring harness.

Without automotive electric connectors, it would be impossible for automotive engineers to quickly bring up automotive components which fit with precision among them.

Automotive electric connectors come in a great variety of shapes and sizes. Some are designed for very customized car tasks such as an engine startup or work on the fuel lines.

To sum up, automotive electric connectors provide an essential link among all mobile parts helping to power the vehicle.

Features of automotive electric connectors


Automotive electric connectors can be found almost at every car application, from radios to fuel injectors. These reliable and enduring parts are designed to protect electric circuits from damages provoked by corrosion, heat or vibrations.

Automotive electric connectors have a wide range of features regarding their intended use such as high amperage contacts to battery charge or crimping and welding systems for different wiring types. Also, automotive electric connectors are made in multiple shapes and sizes to fit small spaces inside the vehicle. Whether if we speak about bypass cable connector with a waterproof locking system or a simple right-angled blade terminal, automotive electric connectors offer a fast and safe setup with an assured performance.

Automotive electric connectors are a crucial component for many automotive systems. They provide reliable connections among multiple electric circuits while inhibiting interferences which can affect the car performance.

They appear in several shapes and forms to adapt to the diverse automotive systems needs including large industrial heavy-duty applications to smaller automotive lighting installations.

Automotive electric connectors also offer an excellent protection against high temperature, humidity and corrosive elements to assure a lasting service. Besides, these connectors are designed with a series of features such as self-cleanable contacts, integrated joints and customizable covers for a higher reliability.

Types of automotive electric connectors

Automotive electric connectors play an essential role in the general behavior of the car as they provide a strong and reliable connection with the electronic components. Therefore, there is a wide variety of Automotive electric connectors in the market today which were designed to satisfy the driver’s and automotive system’s needs. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be customized for specific uses which made them ideal for many different automotive applications.

While some Automotive electric connectors are designed mainly for power transmission and electronic signal sending, some others provide waterproof protection at the same time they perform connections among components.

Manufacturers of Automotive electric connectors belonging to Autoparts from Spain


In Spain there are several manufacturers of products for Automotive electric connectors. I’m on them three companies belong to our platform Autoparts from Spain:

One of them, Anglí Industrias, works from 1954 to offer solutions in the electronic and electric component field for the automotive sector, designing, testing and manufacturing all their products.

The company currently offers a wide range of products including from distribution covers, distribution rotors, contact sets, condensers, ignition coils, revolution sensors and temperature sensors to Oil Pressure Switches, reverse and stop light switches and hydraulic switches. They all are OEM.

Along its history, Anglí has built a reputation of quality and reliability thanks to their clients’ trust and loyalty. Today, exports more than 50% of their billing to more than 40 countries.

Regarding FAE - Francisco Albero S.A.U, the company designs and manufactures electric and electronic products for the vehicle and offers its clients a wide range of products with more than 4,500 OEM references. Investing in innovation, FAE has consolidated its position in the field of multilayer ceramic application design, development of ceramic substrates and implementation of microelectronic systems.

The FAE’s product catalog includes items for engine management and other sensors, thermic management items, ignition system items, switches and gadgets.

With more than 68 years of experience and located in Barcelona, FAE exports 75% of their sales and is currently present in more than 97 countries.

Another company belonging to Autoparts from Spain and devoted to manufacture and develop Automotive electric connectors is SADECA, a company created in 1983 in Barcelona. After many years of rigor, passion for the car and a competitive spirit, SADECA has become a leading company in wire manufacturing for the automotive industry.

Specialized in developing, designing and producing wearing sensors and hardware for the brake system besides several industrial applications for electric wiring in cars, commercial vehicles and trucks for the OEM/OES and AM markets. Thanks to its quality standards, the company assures, under a strict supervision, to meet the control procedures and validations required in the automotive industry. In this way, SADECA has become a global provider for the main manufacturers of brake pads and brake systems.

The company also offers one of the most complete product catalogues in the industry, an extensive global sales network and manufacturing plants in three continents, located in the cities of Barcelona, Guangzhou and Tanger’s free zone. This allows SADECA to support its clients in their international expansion projects by offering products with ease and proximity all over the world.


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