The auto industry has a vast network of organizations and companies, which are focused on manufacturing, development, innovations, supplying, distributing and many other operational groups. Being so vast and intensively advancing, the automotive industry is dificult to come to understand quickly. It is though, a leading driver of global economic growth.
OEMs tend to work together to control the markets they trade in, to prevent outsiders coming in to endanger their slice of any market they have come to dominate and enjoy.
OEMs do not like change, they like slow evolution to recover investments in production lines and supply chains, which is the story of the motor trade. Nothing unusual in that of course, it is just the business side of the art, that needs a policy jolt every now and again to effect change.
OEMs do not like disruptive technology - even if it opens up new markets - for fear of the unknown. For sure they will fight shy of any technological advance that involves taking a chance. Because their bean counters can only count beans that exist, not beans that may exist. Indeed it is the accounting departments hoisting the "maybe" flag that do not like change, when perhaps they should be embracing new markets and old markets are throttled with the advancing zero emission tide.
That is why we have had to wait so long for green electric vehicles, and even now in 2020, with climate change at ice-cap critical levels, the automotive and services bean counters will be doing all they can to keep things as they are - and that means more carcinogenic petrol and diesel vehicles. Yes, they'd rather kill more humans and species that cannot defend themselves - than entertain change.
WHAT IS AN OEM?
An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) traditionally is defined as a company whose goods are used as components in the products of another company, which then sells the finished item to users.
When referring to auto parts, OEM refers to the manufacturer of the original equipment, that is, the parts assembled and installed during the construction of a new vehicle.
In contrast, aftermarket parts are those made by companies other than the OEM, which might be installed as replacements after the car comes out of the factory.
For example, if Ford used Autolite spark plugs, Exide batteries, Bosch fuel injectors, and Ford's own engine blocks and heads when building a car, then car restorers and collectors consider those to be the OEM parts.
Other-brand parts would be considered aftermarket, such as Champion spark plugs, DieHard batteries, Kinsler fuel injectors, and BMP engine blocks and heads.
Many auto parts manufacturers sell parts through multiple channels, for example to car makers for installation during new-vehicle construction, to car makers for resale as automaker-branded replacement parts, and through general merchandising supply chains.
Any given brand of part can be OEM on some vehicle models and aftermarket on others.
Quite often the only part the auto maker actually makes, is the body/chassis pressings, and even then, these are often produced by a panel maker. Hence, the auto maker focuses on design, sales and servicing, with a whole lot of brand building to make the customer feel they are buying into whatever it is that they are advertising.
Many of the OEM parts will not change as we transfer to electrics. The basic running gear: suspension, braking, lighting and glass, upholstery, etc., will all remain unaffected. The motors, controllers and energy storage will be up for grabs, now in two camps, batteries and hydrogen/fuel-cells.
AUTOMOTIVE TOP TEN 2013 (EXAMPLE)
Each of these automobile producers has its own domination in a particular category, as well as its own benefits in comparison to the others. The numbers and figures for year 2013 are as follows:
BMW - In 2013, the German automaker BMW had a global share of 2.92% based on number of car produced.
Ford - the top selling car brand in the US has been recently described as the most convenient car brand in the world. Established in 1903, the company boasts annual sales of 2.5 million units. The worldwide market share of Ford is 15.7%. Close to bankruptcy during the sub-primes crisis, Ford still struggles nowadays due to a slowdown of the European market. However, the company just finished 2014 with results beyond expectations.
Honda - was founded in 1948, and is the third leading automotive force in Japan. Today it can boast annual sales of 1,525,312 units. Even though massive recall fees have weakened Honda's results in 2015, the company's international share is about 9.8%.
- Established in 1947 in South Korea, the company might be young, but it’s one of the leading automotive brands in the world. Its 970,000 units per year bring an annual worldwide share of 4.7%.
Mercedes - Still a top supplier for motor vehicles and car parts Daimler has had many obstacles thru its history. The company however declared March 2015 to be the best month in sales of Mercedes cars in the company's history.
Nissan - is a multifunctional automotive leader in both Asia and on a global basis, created in 1933. The European market share of Nissan is about 2.4%. The worldwide sales for the company are calculated at about 5 million units.
Peugeot - Peugeot, part of PSA Peugeot Citroen, was set up in 1882 in France. The firm started as the leading European producer of bicycles and coffee mills. Today it can boast 2,819,000 units sold. Its European market share is about 42%.
Renault - Established in 1899 Renault a French-based company, is one of the leading producers of wide range of cars (including two-seaters and light vehicles), and vans. In the past Renault manufactured trucks as well. The company has sold 2,628,209 units worldwide with a 2.5% increase in European sales this year. Today's Renaults European market share is 9.5%.
Suzuki - This Motor Corporation was established in 1909 in Japan, is the automotive leader in the Asian market. It specializes in automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, and motorcycles. Suzuki has sold 2,878,000 automobiles and 2,269,000 motorcycles and ATVs. It holds a 19.9% share of the global industry.
Toyota - Created in 1937, Toyota the Japanese company is a top brand for all kinds of automotive products. It sold 9.71 million units last year and its worldwide market share has reached up to 11.8%.
Volkswagen - Established in Berlin in 1937, Volkswagen can be freely called the German miracle. With annual sold units at about 9.7 million. Its European market share is 24.8%.
Working with, or suppliers of fuels, electric vehicles will change the energy landscape now in two camps, batteries and hydrogen/fuel-cells. This means electricity suppliers and gas companies ascend, where previously oil companies ruled the roost.
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