Four new giants joined the top ranks of global auto parts makers last year.
The Automotive News Europe ranking of the world's top 100 suppliers now includes eight $10 billion-plus companies - twice the number listed one year earlier.
The full list is included in the Global Market Data Book packaged with this issue.
Four US suppliers - Lear, Johnson Controls, TRW and Dana - joined the $10 billion club, by adding an average of $3.2 billion in original equipment parts sales each. And each used a common strategy for growth: acquisition.
Seven of the world's 16 biggest suppliers raised their revenues by more than 25 percent last year.
Three of those moved ahead by more than 50 percent from the previous year. And one - Germany's Continental AG - more than doubled its business in 1999, to $4.9 billion.
Of the top 25 companies, 11 are European, 10 are based in North America and four are Japanese.
Yet, the top 10 North American companies have combined global sales of more than the top 15 European and Japanese giants in the group - $113 billion for the 10 compared to $95 billion for the 15.
One reality reflected in those numbers: The North American supply chain has consolidated more than the other major world markets. Seven of the top 10 suppliers are from North America.
North American companies also account for 11 of the 30 largest suppliers to the European market. No Japanese company has a large enough global presence to appear on the list of the biggest original equipment suppliers to Europe.
Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. remained the unrivaled leader in original equipment sales of $27.3 billion - more than 40 times the volume of the 100th-largest global supplier, Japan's Tokico Ltd. Delphi was followed by US rival Visteon Corp. and Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH.
A year ago, fourth-ranked Denso Corp. outpaced fifth-place Lear by more than $3 billion in sales. The suppliers held their places a year later. But on this year's list, Lear is just $146 million in sales behind Denso's $12.5 billion.