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Automotive OEMs Global Manufacturing Facility Investment Strategies, 2010–2022

Automotive OEMs Global Manufacturing Facility Investment Strategies, 2010–2022

The need to optimize manufacturing investments, better utilization of production facilities, and improving production plant performance are becoming paramount, as they enable manufacturers to start delivering high volumes of vehicles with a variety of models that are preferred in the market and they will also open the door to lucrative revenue streams. Focused regional investment, effective utilization of production facilities and significant spending on next-generation technologies will play a key role in Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) achieving their present objective of building cars that can change the form and function, compared with what is being offered now.

A majority of spending by OEMs is expected in manufacturing and assembly with minor spending increases on technologies. Further, increased investment on technologies would help auto makers transform the processes and systems of factories, which will result in improved plant productivity to compete against rivals and also help maintain an edge with customers.

However, identifying the right technology, assessing the value potential and risk of investing in the technologies become crucial for return on investment. Apart from this, auto manufacturers are also focusing on rightsizing their existing production plants to bring down the capital cost in operating their facilities.

In the current scenario, automakers are spending higher on manufacturing and assembly to increase capacity and assemble higher volumes of existing products, while replacing old equipment continues to be a priority for the manufacturers and the same industry trend can be expected to continue in the coming years.

With an objective to channelize the investments in the regions that provide higher capital gains and with a clear long-term strategy to strengthen the North American operations, leading OEMs have started to limit their investments outside North America and a notable number of manufacturers are planning to increase US-based production significantly in the next two years.

Key Issues Addressed
What technologies are the primary focus for original equipment manufacturers while investing in manufacturing plants?
Why have the selected OEMs pledged $275 billion for manufacturing investments between 2010 and 2022
What is the correlation between the manufacturing investments targeted and growth expectations?
Why are future facility investments divergent among the benchmarked OEMs, with Ford and GM being the only automakers forecasting a similar investment strategy as 2010–2014?
Mexico was one of the key regions for many OEMs to invest for the long term. Where does it stand today?


  • Executive Summary
    • Executive Summary-Major Growth Opportunities
    • Summary-Select OEMs Manufacturing Facilities Investment in Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Investments in Manufacturing Facilities by OEMs, Global and NA, 2010-2022
    • Summary-Select PV OEMs' Investment in Manufacturing in Key Technologies
    • Summary-2020 Comparison of OEMs Future Factory Capacity and Utilization
  • Research Scope, Objectives, and Methodology
    • Research Scope
    • Research Aims and Objectives
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Research Methodology
  • Segmentation
    • Technology Segmentation
  • OEMs Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
    • Select OEMs Manufacturing Facilities Investment in Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Investments in Manufacturing Facilities by OEMs, Global and NA, 2010-2022
    • Ford Motor Company-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Ford Investments, Global and NA, 2010-2022
    • GM-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: GM Investments, Global and NA, 2010-2022
    • Volkswagen-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: VW Investments, Global and NA, 2009-2022*
    • BMW-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: BMW Investments, Global and NA, 2009-2022*
    • Toyota-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Toyota Investments, Global and NA, 2010-2022
    • Nissan-Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities by Key Technology
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Nissan Investments, Global and NA, 2010-2022
  • OEMs Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
    • Ford Motor-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Ford Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2010-2022
    • GM-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: GM Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2010-2022
    • Volkswagen-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: VW Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2009-2022
    • BMW-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: BMW Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2009-2022
    • Toyota-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Toyota Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2010-2022
    • Nissan-Year-on-year Investment in Global Manufacturing Facilities
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Nissan Year-on-year Investments, Global, 2010-2022
  • Global Versus North America Focused Technology Investments by OEMs
    • 2015 OEM Comparison of Global and North America Plant Investment
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2015
    • Summary-2020 OEM Comparison of Global Vs. North America Plant Investment
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Plant Investments Allocations, Global and NA, 2018 and 2020
    • Ford Motor Company-Global Vs. North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Ford Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2010, 2015, 2020
    • General Motors-Global Vs. North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: GM Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2010, 2015, 2020
    • VW-Global Vs. North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: VW Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2010, 2015, 2018
    • BMW-Global Vs. North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: BMW Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2009, 2012, 2015
    • Toyota Motor Company-Global Versus North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Toyota Plant Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2010, 2015, 2020
    • Nissan-Global Versus North America Factory Investments
      • Table OEMs Manufacturing Investments: Nissan Investment Allocations, Global and NA, 2010, 2015, 2020
  • Global OEMs Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • 2015 Comparison of OEMs Future Factory Capacity and Utilization
    • 2020 Comparison of OEMs Future Factory Capacity and Utilization
    • Ford Motor Company Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • General Motors Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • VW Motor Company-Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • BMW-Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • Toyota Motor Company-Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
    • Nissan Motor Company-Factory Capacity and Utilization Trends
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity-Manufacturing Facility Investments
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
    • Manufacturing Investments-5 Major Growth Opportunities
  • Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology

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