Market Analysis - Automobile 2018
The French automotive industry employs 400,000 people of which 2/3 come from tier one suppliers and subcontractors. The 2012 worldwide French Manufacturer car production was of 6.4 millions. 5 576 308 units including 3 929 533 units produced outside of France. France is the third largest producer in Europe, after Germany and Spain, and the fifth largest in the world. It is home to 16 domestic and international carmakers, as well as 315 component manufacturers. Domestic groups PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault dominate the sector (road and sport), nevertheless foreign carmakers such as Ford Motor, Volkswagen (VW) and Opel also have their share of the market. The 2011 annual worldwide turnover for Peugeot and Renault represented EUR102bn.
PSA Peugeot Citroen & Renault account for a total of 15 production facilities in France mainly located in the North half of the country. France is also home to major tier one suppliers such as Michelin (tyre manufacturer), Faurecia (seat manufacturer), Valeo (braking, thermal, and electrical systems), Saint Gobain (glass) and Plastic Omnium (plastic manufacturing).Car ownership rates are relatively high, creating a large market for parts and accessories. The market is now the fourth largest in the EU after Germany, the UK and Italy.
Many manufacturers cite the ‘quality of the automotive infrastructure’ as a reason for their presence in the country. Manufacturers are showing significant development of eco-friendly technology. Renault with its range of all electric vehicles (Renault Z.E) and PSA with the development of hybrid engines. France rolled out a car-sharing plan in September 2011 in Paris called Autolib, which has seen some 3,000 evs being made available to the public. Following its success, the scheme is being deployed in Bordeaux and Lyon. The French Motorsport sector is worth an approximate EUR1.5 billion, consistently less than the UK but significant nonetheless. Rallying dominates the sector, followed by single seater racing, Sport card and Off-road racing. France is in negotiations to hold a Formula 1 race again.
Top Automobile Companies in France:-
- PSA Group
- DS Automobiles
- Renault (Renault Group)
- De Clercq
- Exagon Motors
Top Automobile Universities/Organization in France:-
- University of antwerp
- Itech lyon
- Mines paristech
- Itech lyon
- University of technology troyes – utt
- Esigelec graduate school of engineering
- Université de technologie compiègne (utc)
- Centrale nantes
- Ecole des hautes etudes d'ingénieur
Applications of automobile:-
- Ada s
- Digital radio
- Rear vision system
- Instrument cluster
- Hev battery charging
- Hev start/stop system
- Braking system
- Central body control
- Electric power steering
- Seat control
- Keyless entry
- Automobile Engineers/Research Professors
- Junior/Senior research fellows of Automotive / Mechanical / Robotics.
- Automotive/ Mechanical Students
- Directors of Automobile companies
- Automobile/Mechanical Engineers
- Members of different Automotive/Mechanical/Robotics associations.