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The automotive industry is undergoing reinvention. Are you prepared?

The automotive industry is undergoing reinvention. Are you prepared?

The automotive industry is undergoing reinvention. Are you prepared?

Simplify complexity

Change is sweeping the automotive industry. You can either drive this change or watch as the industry passes you by.

As experts in automotive accounting and consulting, we’ll take a holistic view of your business and provide tailored solutions to help you meet demand, innovate, and compete globally. Worldwide, our practice serves more than 500 automotive clients with engagements ranging from audit, tax planning and compliance, and ERP, to strategic planning, international consulting, and transaction advisory. We have experience serving original equipment and aftermarket suppliers as well as OEMs and conduct an annual North American OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index® (WRI®) Study, focused on measuring and improving OEM-supplier working relations. We’re here to help you focus on the right things — to simplify an increasingly complex world.

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Are you prepared for the future of mobility?
The time to retool and get ready is now.

Our Unique Advantage

We understand what drives the automotive industry. Our experienced and trusted automotive experts will help you solve today’s problems without losing sight of tomorrow. On average, our advisors have at least 20 years of automotive industry experience.

What does this mean for you? We understand your challenges and opportunities. We’re efficient, proactive, and future-focused. And, you’ll never doubt our work.

  • Our partners are recognized across the automotive industry, regularly presenting at key industry conferences and contributing to major business and trade media outlets, such as Automotive News, Industry Week, and CNBC. 
  • We actively participate in numerous industry associations, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). 
  • We’ll provide global bench strength and agility when you need it most. With Plante Moran specialists in Mexico, China, India, and Japan, and access to more than 40,000 Praxity, AISBL global alliance professionals worldwide, we’ll get you the resources you need.

Future of mobility

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15 minute read
The future of mobility: Reinventing the auto industry
Three megatrends are disrupting the auto industry: autonomous vehicles, mobility as a service, and electrification. Together, they point to a fourth, less well-defined, trend — a complete reinvention of automotive manufacturing. Download your copy to learn what this means for OEMs, auto suppliers, and beyond.
Daron Gifford
White Paper January 17, 2019 15 minute read
Why OEM-supplier relationships need to evolve
Daron Gifford
Article August 23, 2019 4 minutes read
Society of Automotive Analysts quarterly outlook video series
Dana Coomes
Video August 13, 2019 2 minutes watch
Change your production model for a new era of mobility
Dave Plomin
Article August 13, 2019 5 min read

Tax reform for manufacturers
Resources to help you act now and prepare for later

Global strategies for auto suppliers

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1 min read
ATEQ expands in Mexico

ATEQ is a global solutions leader in leak detection testing equipment for the automotive, aviation, and other manufacturing industries expands in Mexico with assistance from Plante Moran Cresa.

Brandon M. Podolski Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study July 11, 2019 1 min read
U.S. take note: Mexico emerging as world trade power
Lou Longo
Article May 10, 2019 2 min read
Global expansion strategy: Should you relocate from China to North America?
Alejandro A. Rodriguez
Article January 16, 2019 2 min read
Auto suppliers: Why take our Working Relations Index® survey?
Daron Gifford
Article January 16, 2019 2 min read

Are you prepared for the future of mobility?
The time to retool and get ready is now.

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Automotive Thought Leadership

  • Why OEM-supplier relationships need to evolve
    As the auto industry continues to be disrupted by electrification and automation, emerging tech is becoming an important differentiator for OEMs. Will their history of pressuring suppliers hinder access to the best technology? Read more via Wards Auto.
    Daron Gifford
    Article August 23, 2019 4 minutes read
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  • It's time to think of trade wars as the new normal

    The global shift away from free trade is becoming a supply chain nightmare for some U.S. companies; for others, it’s an opportunity to diversify, reduce risk, and improve resilience. Here are five ways to prepare via IndustryWeek.

    Lou Longo
    Article August 16, 2019 5 min read
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  • Society of Automotive Analysts quarterly outlook video series
    Plante Moran's automotive experts were featured in the Society of Automotive Analyst quarterly industry outlook video series. Watch the full video below.
    Dana Coomes Mark Barrott
    Video August 13, 2019 2 minutes watch
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  • Change your production model for a new era of mobility
    Autonomous vehicles, electrification, and ride-sharing are disrupting the automotive value chain. Suppliers will need to change their operating models and acquire new capabilities to stay competitive and profitable. Here's how.
    Dave Plomin
    Article August 13, 2019 5 min read
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A future-focused partner at your side

You can’t solve today’s issues without looking to the future, so that’s what we strive to do in every client engagement.

Clients say our approach is honest yet respectful — that our solutions are innovative but actionable. And, that we’re attentive and thorough. They know we’ll work shoulder to shoulder with them as a member of the team. In the words of our automotive consulting practice leader Daron Gifford, “Our clients appreciate our straightforward advice to help them make decisions; whether it’s good news or bad, we’re always candid because we know, in the long run, it’ll help them reach their goals.”

Our clients say

Our Plante Moran consultant is a trusted, highly respected, and integral part of our organization. He is our expert on industry and market issues and consistently delivers top value while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

Steven Perlman Chief Executive Office, The Intec Group

ATEQ Open Mexico Location
1 min read
ATEQ expands in Mexico

ATEQ is a global solutions leader in leak detection testing equipment for the automotive, aviation, and other manufacturing industries expands in Mexico with assistance from Plante Moran Cresa.

Brandon M. Podolski Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study July 11, 2019 1 min read
North American Lighting discussed at meeting
2 min read
North American Lighting replaces multiple ERP systems with Plex Manufacturing Cloud
North American Lighting (NAL), the largest independently owned Tier 1 automotive lighting supplier, replaces multiple legacy, on-premise ERP systems and achieves seamless integration across advanced manufacturing systems and facilities with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.
Doug Hockenbrocht
Case Study October 1, 2018 2 min read

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