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Working Capital Management in the Automotive Industry

Working Capital Management in the Automotive Industry

Research Objective:

This research service is an analysis of working capital management in the automotive industry. It examines the key determinants of working capital requirements. Regional and segment-level analysis is provided. Disadvantages of inadequate working capital are also discussed. A case study of a company with adequate working capital is given to present the methods adopted to achieve it.

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The study analyzes the importance of working capital in the automotive industry. It looks at recent trends and initiatives taken by companies to streamline working capital needs, and examines the disadvantages of excess or inadequate working capital. Working capital management is analyzed by segment and region for accounts payable and receivable, inventory, and cash as a percentage of total assets. Rankings of the top 30 automotive original equipment manufacturers and component manufacturers by segment based on working capital management are presented. A case study of a company with adequate working capital is given to present the methods adopted to achieve it. The study period is from 2009 to 2013.


  • Research Objective and Scope
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Key Factors Determining Working Capital
    • Disadvantages of Excess and Inadequate Working Capital
  • Automotive Companies Initiatives Towards Working Capital Efficiency
    • Working Capital Efficiency Initiatives
  • Segment Analysis
    • Segment Analysis-Accounts Receivable Days
      • Table Automotive Industry Working Capital Management: Accounts Receivable Days, Global, 2009-2013
    • Segment Analysis-Accounts Payable
      • Table Automotive Industry Working Capital Management: Accounts Payable Days, Global, 2009-2013
    • Segment Analysis-Inventory Outstanding
      • Table Automotive Industry Working Capital Management: Inventory Outstanding, Global, 2009-2013
    • Segment Analysis-Work in Progress Inventory
      • Table Automotive Industry Working Capital Management: Work in Progress Inventory, Global, 2009-2013
    • Segment Analysis-Cash as a Percent of Total Assets
  • Regional Analysis
    • Regional Analysis-Accounts Receivable Days
    • Regional Analysis-Accounts Payable
    • Regional Analysis-Work in Progress Inventory
    • Regional Analysis-Cash as a Percentage of Total Assets
  • Ranking of Top Global Automotive OEMs Based on Working Capital Management
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive OEMs, Passenger Car Segment
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive OEMs, Commercial Vehicles Segment
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive OEMs, 2-wheeler Segment
  • Ranking of Top Global Automotive Components Manufacturers Based on Working Capital Management
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive Component Manufacturers, Chassis Segment
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive Component Manufacturers, Powertrain Segment
    • Working Capital Management-Top 30 Automotive Component Manufacturers, Safety Segment
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Conclusions

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