The state capital of Baden-Württemberg has always been a centre of German automobile production. With the Daimler plants in Untertürkheim and Sindelfingen as well as the Porsche production facility in Zuffenhausen, two world-renowned car manufacturers are represented with local production facilities. Wherever cars are assembled, high-performance suppliers are needed. Against this background, it is not surprising that Stuttgart is also a traditional location for large suppliers to the automotive industry. Some of them have been closely connected with automobile production from the very beginning and some are world market leaders in their field. This article is based on the unique List of the 250 largest automotive suppliers in Germany.
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Place 1: Robert Bosch GmbH: 78.1 billion euros sales (2017)
On November 15, 1886, the engineer and inventor Robert Bosch opened a workshop in a Stuttgart backyard – the nucleus of Robert Bosch GmbH, today a global corporation. The company’s history is closely linked with automotive supply. As in the past, some 60 percent of sales are generated in this sector. Bosch is the world market leader in automotive electronics and mechatronics. Nevertheless, Robert Bosch GmbH is not purely a supplier, but a conglomerate. Automotive technology, industrial technology, consumer goods, and energy and building technology – these are the four Bosch business sectors. Automotive supplies are mainly in the area of automotive technology. A new addition is the “CS – Connected Mobility Solutions” division, which is to focus on networked mobility. Bosch employs more than 400,000 associates at 260 locations in 50 countries worldwide.
Place 2: MAHLE GmbH : 12.8 billion Euro sales (2017)
Similar to Bosch, MAHLE emerged from a Stuttgart workshop founded in 1920. The name of the two brothers Ernst and Hermann Mahle, who joined the workshop as young employees, still characterizes the company name today. MAHLE supplies automobile manufacturers with components and systems for combustion engines as well as everything that belongs to the engine environment. Accordingly, the MAHLE business is divided into the four divisions Engine Systems and Components, Filtration and Engine Peripherals, Thermal Management, and Aftermarket (spare parts supply). Today, MAHLE GmbH is one of the 20 largest automotive suppliers in the world. The company has approximately 78,000 employees at 170 production locations around the globe.
Place 3: Eberspächer GmbH: 4.5 billion Euro sales (2017)
The Eberspächer Group is not located directly in Stuttgart, but in the south-east neighbouring city of Esslingen. Founded in 1865 as a handicraft business for roof glazing, Eberspächer had already developed into a leading automotive supplier before the 2nd World War. Today the name Eberspächer stands for exhaust technology, vehicle heaters, kilm systems and vehicle electronics – a wide range of products. The company produces at a total of 80 locations in 29 countries worldwide. Most well-known car brands use Eberspächer parts in one way or another. The group employs about 9,500 employees.
Place 4: Recaro Holding GmbH: 540 million Euro (2017)
Recaro in Stuttgart was founded in 1906 as a wheel and bodywork factory. For a long time, body construction – especially in cooperation with Porsche – formed the core business of the company. In 1963, the body shop was discontinued and the corresponding plant sold to Porsche. Since then, Recaro has been manufacturing seats for vehicles and aircraft. The business activities are bundled under the umbrella of Recaro Holding AG. Business areas are “Child Safety” (child car seats), “Automotive Seating” (vehicle seats for special requirements), “Aircraft Seating” (aircraft seats) and seats for special applications. Recaro has over 2,400 employees.Source: Listenchampion Picture source: Unsplash