Robert Bosch retained the top spot on the Automotive News Europe ranking of the industry’s biggest producers of original equipment content for automakers, with ZF Friedrichshafen moving up two spots to third place, and Continental sliding two spots to sixth.
Overall, Europe-based suppliers held five of the top 10 spots on the 2020 rankings. Faurecia ranked eighth and Valeo 10th, the same as in 2019.
Other top European suppliers included BASF, which gained three places to move to 13th from 16th; Aptiv, moving to 18th from 19th; Thyssenkrupp, falling to 22nd from 21st; Mahle, which went from 20th to 24th; and Plastic Omnium, which slipped to 25th from 24th.
In the ranking of suppliers to Europe, Bosch held the top spot, followed by ZF (up from fourth); the Canadian company Magna International (down from second), Continental (losing a spot to finish in fourth place), Faurecia and Valeo. Plastic Omnium cracked the Top 10, moving to ninth from 12th in 2019.
The vast majority of leading global partsmakers posted sales declines in 2020, as the pandemic caused assembly plant and dealership shutdowns across the industry from China to Europe to North America.
For example, total automotive revenue for the top 50 European suppliers was down by 14 percent in 2020 to $201.9 billion compared with 2019, when it was $233.5 billion.