This briefing provides an overview of the top 100 global manufacturing companies. The coverage spans 2013 to 2018, and covers the entirety of manufacturing industries, with analysis of company performance and future trends.
The top 100 manufacturers generated combined revenue of USD7.2 trillion in 2018, accounting for 15% of global manufacturing output. Their share of revenue increased by one percentage point from 2017, due to growing consolidation in the manufacturing industry and expansion into new markets.
Out of the 100 leading manufacturers in 2018, 43 were primarily engaged in the production of automotive products or hi-tech goods. However, slowing growth in the automotive industry is forecast to result in stagnating numbers of automotive companies in the ranking.
The US and Japan are the leading nations in terms of the number of companies in the top 100 rank. Strong B2B demand in their domestic markets, strong export potential and expansion into new markets secured the positions of US and Japanese companies. Nevertheless, a larger number of European companies made it into the top 100 rank in 2018. Mergers and acquisitions, investment in new products and innovations, as well as business-friendly reforms helped to improve the position of European companies.
Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to grow organically, due to saturated demand in the developed markets and growing competition. M&As help companies to expand into new markets and augment revenue.
More aerospace and defence companies were among the largest 100 global manufacturers in 2018. Rising global political tensions and increasing defence spending in the US, China and Europe benefited the defence industry.
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