The development and production of the Peugeot RCZ provided the French automaker and its contract manufacturing partner, Magna Steyr, with a challenge. The original German supplier of the 2+2 coupe’s trademark aluminum pillars went into administration in 2009. Consequently, Peugeot sought the services of UK-based Sapa Components, which is part of the Sapa Group of Sweden. The RCZ project, which required the small firm to take on an extra 40 employees (a 40 percent increase), now accounts for about 20 percent of the supplier’s automotive business. Sapa exports its parts by rail twice a week to Magna Steyr’s assembly plant in Graz, Austria. Magna Steyr is a unit of Canada's Magna International Inc. Peugeot outsourced assembly of the RCZ to Magna Steyr, which used virtual development to take the derivative of the Peugeot 308 compact from concept to production in less than two years.
In addition to vehicle assembly, Magna International’s other auto units won work on the RCZ. For example, Magna Cosma’s contributions include the roof and doors; Magna Exteriors & Interiors provides the seats and instrument panel; while Magna Electronics equips the RCZ with its pedestrian protection system.
Other important suppliers include Italy’s Magneti Marelli S.p.A., which is the car’s telematics provider; Saint-Gobain Sekurit (a subsidiary of France's Saint-Gobain SA), which supplies the coupe’s complex rear window backlite glazing; and Delphi Automotive LLP, which is responsible for the car’s alarm system.