Skip to Content



Why global production numbers don’t always tell the full story

February 12, 2020 Article 5 min read
Authors:
Daron Gifford
While production numbers appear grim for some auto suppliers, a deeper look suggests a bright future as the industry transitions to an electric future. Daron Gifford shares the optimistic view via Automotive News.
Cars in two rows

The recent news from Bosch was colored in doom and gloom for the auto industry.

The world’s largest auto supplier just announced a 44% plunge in annual operating profits. Over the past year, it laid off 6,800 workers. And it isn’t expecting any sunshine soon. Bosch predicts that 2020 will mark the third straight year of global production declines, down 10 million units from 2017.

“It could well be that we have passed the peak of automotive production,” warned CEO Volkmar Denner.

And although we may hear other negative news during this earnings season’s announcements, one company’s misfortunes rarely speak for an industry at large.

Related Thinking

Crisis exposes major flaws in the auto supply chain

Article 6 min read

WRI ® Pulse Survey: Customer-supplier relations tested during the pandemic

Article 5 min read

Manufacturing & Distribution 2021 Outlook

Article 7 min read