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Top 100 Global Manufacturing Companies 2019

September 2020

The briefing provides an overview of the top 100 global manufacturing companies. The coverage spans 2014 to 2019, and covers the entirety of manufacturing industries, company performance analysis and future trends.

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Key findings

USD6.6 trillion in revenue, 2019

Top 100 manufacturers generated combined revenue of USD6.6 trillion, accounting for 13% of global manufacturing output in 2018. The share of revenue decreased by two percentage points from 2018 as the manufacturing industry faced weaker economic growth and cooling demand in core markets.

Automotive and hi-tech goods industries dominate

Out of 100 leading manufacturers, 36 companies were primarily engaged in production of automotive products or hi-tech goods. However, slowing growth of the automotive industry is forecast to result in stagnating numbers of automotive companies.

Fewer Chinese companies feature in the Top 100 ranking

Slower economic growth in China and weaker demand for big-ticket items, such as new cars, resulted in slower performance of Chinese manufacturing and B2B-related companies during 2019. Moreover, China’s manufacturing sector felt negative impact from the US-China trade war which inflated operating costs and hurt exporters. Nevertheless, share of Chinese companies in global manufacturing sector still increased in 2019 as other countries also faced slowdown.

Consumer goods industries show stable performance

Companies operating in food, apparel and other consumer goods industries showed stable performance in 2019. Despite the weaker economic growth, expanding consumer incomes and rising consumption in the emerging markets helped to increase revenues.

Recovery of defence sector continues

Despite the weaker economic environment, the majority of the aerospace and defence companies within the Top 100 ranking experienced healthy revenue growth in 2019. Rising global political uncertainty and expanding global defence budgets supported the industry.



Key findings

Overview of the Companies

Production value of USD7.2 trillion from Top 100 companies
Key trends in Top 100 companies
Automotive industry leads top company ranking
US and Japan in the lead, China loses some positions

Trends in Key Manufacturing Sectors

Automotive industry facing slowing growth
Hi-tech goods industry to see swift recovery
Food and beverages industry to maintain steady growth
Production localisation to drive pharmaceuticals growth
Aircraft and spacecraft industry to experience subdued growth

Overview of Top 10 Companies

Top 10 manufacturing companies: no significant changes in the ranking
No. 1: Volkswagen AG - COVID-19 to add uncertainty
No. 2: Toyota Motor Corp - Revenue and profits forecast to decline
No. 3: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd - B2B demand to drive growth
No. 4: Daimler AG - Implementing cost-saving measures
No. 5: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd - Higher focus on B2B segments
No. 6: Ford Motor Co - COVID-19 to widen company’s losses
No. 7: General Motors Co - Continuing cost discipline
No. 8: Honda Motor Co Ltd - Financial buffers help to withstand headwinds
No. 9: SAIC Motor Corp Ltd - Increasing focus to foreign markets
No. 10: FCA Group - Company continues investments despite weaker sales


Companies 11-20
Companies 21-30
Companies 31-40
Companies 41-50
Companies 51-60
Companies 61-70
Companies 71-80
Companies 81-90
Companies 91-100
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