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Foreign Companies in Italy Automobile Industry

From| June 05 , 2007

All the important world producers of Automotive Components have plants in Italy.

These important producers are located in various regions and their presence shows the importance and diffusion of this market in Italy as well as demonstrating how highly rated human resources are, and the competitive advantages to be found throughout the country.

Dana Corporation

Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio (USA) Dana is a leading supplier of axle, driveshaft, engine, frame, chassis, and transmission technologies. Dana employs 46,000 people in 28 countries and reported sales of 11 billion USD in 2004. Dana Corporation's Automotive Systems Group designs, engineers, and manufactures value-added products and systems for automotive and light-vehicle manufacturers. Dana is present in Europe with 33 manufacturing facilities, 7 sales offices and 10 technical facilities.

Delphi Corporation

Delphi specializes in mobile electronics, transportation components, and systems technology. Delphi operates 170 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 42 joint ventures, 53 customer centres and sales offices, and 32 technical centers in 41 countries. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan (USA). Delphi's employs 190,000 people and net sales for 2003 were 28.1 billion USD. The company's customers include Toyota, Ford, Audi, VW, Hyundai, Volvo Daewoo, Renault, Honda and Mitsubishi.

Denso Corporation

Denso specializes in making components for the Automobile industry. The company also produces automotive aftermarket and consumer and industrial products using its technology. Denso is headquartered in Aichi, Japan, and employs 89,380 people. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004, the company reported total sales of 24.1 billion USD. Denso clients include major car manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Mazda. Denso Corporation has two plants in Italy: one in Piedmont and a second in Campania.


Getrag is an international researcher, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain technology for the automotive industry. GETRAG gears are synonymous with advanced and reliable technology. Getrag has plants in Europe, the USA and Asia; it is headquartered in Untergruppenbach, Germany with a workforce of 9,200 people. Some of Getrag's customers include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Jaguar, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Chevrolet.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, with 2004 sales of 26.6 billion USD and 123,000 employees, has worldwide leadership in two businesses: Automotive Systems and Building Controls. The Automotive Group is the world's largest independent supplier of automotive interior systems such as seating systems, electronics, instrument panels, overhead systems, floor consoles, door systems. Customers include BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Rover, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Lear Corporation

Lear Corporation is one of the largest automotive interior systems suppliers, operating in 34 countries worldwide through its 280 facilities. The company is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan (USA) and it employs 110,000 people. For the fiscal year ended December 2004, the company reported revenues of 16.9 billion USD. Lear's customers include automotive manufacturers, such as Ford, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, BMW, Fiat, Saab, Volkswagen, Renault/Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Mazda, and Subaru.

Lear Corporation has two plants in Italy: one in Piedmont and a second in Campania.


The Plastal Group is one of the leading suppliers of surface treated, injection molded plastics. They manufacture and surface treat interior and exterior system and function-related plastic components. The company has 12 production units, 2,200 employees in seven countries and 2003 revenues equal to 230 million Euro. Customers include BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes Benz, Vauxhall, Mitsubishi, Skoda, Suzuki, and Citroën. Plastal has two plants in Italy: one in Oderzo, in the Veneto region, and a second in Suzzara, in Lombardy.


Siemens, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has 434,000 employees and in fiscal 2004 Siemens had sales of 75.2 billion Euro. Siemens is active in the areas of information and communications, automation and control, power, transportation, medical devices and lighting. Siemens VDO Automotive is one of the world's leading suppliers of electronics, electrical products and mechatronics to the automotive industry.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation (TRW) is a supplier of automotive systems, modules and components to automotive vehicle manufacturers and related after-markets. The company has its headquarter in Livonia, Michigan (USA), employs about 60,000 people and recorded revenues of 9.2 billion Euro in 2004. The company is organized into three business segments: Chassis Systems, Occupant Safety Systems, and Automotive Components.


Valeo is an international group that focuses on the design, production and sale of components and integrated modules for cars and trucks to the OEM market and aftermarket. The company operates in 26 countries with headquarter in Paris and employs 68,700 people. It recorded revenues of 9.4 billion Euro in 2004. The OEM customers include BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault-Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota and the Volkswagen Group.

ZF Friedrichshafen

ZF Friedrichshafen is a German company which manufactures automatic and manual transmissions intended for commercial vehicles, cars, aircraft, and marine vessels. In fiscal 2003, the company generated revenues of 8.9 billion Euro. The company operates from a number of locations around Germany and other European countries, and is headquartered in Friedrichshafen, Germany. ZF Friedrichshafen is an automotive supplier of driveline and chassis products for cars and commercial vehicles.


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