The law is an instrument to conquer the future
This sector encompasses the auto-making sector covering the design, manufacture and marketing of vehicles, as well as the service business, from sales to recycling but also including rental and repair.
The automotive industry accounted for 16% of manufacturing industry’s sales in 2012. It comprised almost 4,400 production sites belonging to more than 3,500 companies, with 440,000 jobs spread across the country. Less than a third of these establishments belong to the core of the sector, driven by auto and equipment manufacturers, mainly located along the Channel and in eastern France. Their activities involve a variety of specific industrial products and services supplied on the fringes by nearly 3,000 establishments employing 230,000 people over a wider geographical area. These are primarily manufacturers of products in metal, rubber, plastic, glass and textile.
Drawing on its expertise, the automotive industry is bouncing back from the severe crisis of 2008. With strong roots in France, it is expanding internationally in mature and emerging countries; areas of high growth where it is investing. This is the case for highly strategic and competitive countries like China, Russia, India, Brazil and Argentina, but also other important countries in North Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. Slovakia, which became the world’s largest auto producer per capita in 2015, is an ideal setting. The automobile sector is extending coverage of its markets and developing its status as a local player through its own sites, joint facilities with international and local brands, and points of sale.
Addressed in its cross-cutting dimension, the law constitutes a key to the future success of the industrial sector and all the players of the automobile industry.