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Canada Automotive Industry

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Ontario has won another automotive investment with interior parts giant Toyota Boshoku Corporation’s announcement on July 11, 2006 that it plans to build a plant in Woodstock, Ontario. The C$65-million plant will create an estimated 330 full-time jobs and will supply seats, door trim and carpets for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc, which is in the midst of building a C$1.1 billion assembly plant in Woodstock. Both companies are part of parent company Toyota Motor Corp. based in Tokyo, Japan. Components made by Toyota Boshoku’s plant will go into the RAV4 Sport utility vehicle that Toyota Canada will assemble in its new plant starting in 2008. The new plant is set to produce 150,000 vehicle units annually.

 

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Bulgaria Automotive Market

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Bulgaria has no domestic production of passenger cars and since 1990. Bulgaria's automotive fleet is still dominated by second hand cars. High prices combined with decreasing discretionary income are shifting consumer demand from new autos to more affordable secondhand cars. The average age of the cars in Bulgaria is 15-18 years.

 

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Brazil BSS Perspectives for the Automobile Industry

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This report is a summary of a presentation delivered by executives of Booz Allen Hamilton and GM do Brazil in a Society of Mobility Engineers (SAE) event, held in September 2006. It should be of interest to U.S. automotive companies.

 

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Brazil Autoparts Manufacturer Expansion Vehicle Chassis and Suspension Systems Manufacturer Double Production

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ZF Lemförder, a division of Grupo ZF do Brasil which produces vehicle chassis and suspension systems, plans to duplicate production capacity of its factory at Sorocaba.

 

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Belgium Automotive Market Auto Accessories and Specialty Equipment

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The Belgian auto accessories market holds significant opportunities for American companies. While five million vehicles in Belgium represent a small market, relative to the US, it is open to American products. The most important consideration for American exporters to keep in mind in creating auto-related goods for the European market is that design must fit European specifications and style.

 

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Mexico Automotive Industry

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The automotive industry continued to be the largest and fastest growing manufacturing sector in Mexico during 2005 and 2006. In late 2005 and early 2006, Mexico emerged with positive and encouraging results in the North American automobile industry. Mexico is rapidly becoming a more important strategic partner for automakers who want a competitive edge to succeed in the North American auto industry. In 2001, Mexico was the ninth largest producer of automotive vehicles in the world, manufacturing 1.92 million units (including trucks and busses). In 2004, production decreased to 1.5 million vehicles due to an economic slowdown. However, it grew to 1.6 million in 2005 and is expected to grow to over 2.1 million in 2006.

 

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Austria Automotive Parts and Equipment Market Brief

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The following statistics are estimates by the author of this report, based on (incomplete) official figures, as well as information from trade organizations and local companies. All figures in US$ millions, Euro exchange rate used is 2005: $1 = EUR 0.804.

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Australia Motorcycle Dealing

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The data in this report encompass the wholesale and retail markets of new and used motorcycles, scooters, associated parts, accessories and service equipment. The motorcycle industry contributes around US$3.5 billion to Australia’s economy. Growth from 1999- 2003 in the motorcycle industry steadily declined, but, the past year has seen an increase in both industry revenue and gross product. In 2005, a total of 102,142 bikes were sold; the first time in thirty years that sales have exceeded 100,000. This is a 14.3% increase over 2004 when there were only 89,374 sales.

 

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Argentina Automotive Industry Growth

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After experiencing a record 54 percent growth during 2004, the Argentine automotive industry grew by an impressive 23 percent in 2005. The increased output was mainly for export markets other than MERCOSUR. Export sales grew by 24 percent during the period and continue to be the driving force of the recovery. Additionally, sales in the domestic market have begun to recover and according to the Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (ADEFA) are expected to grow by ten percent during 2006.

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United Kingdom Automotive Parts Aftermarket

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The automotive aftermarket spans the life of a vehicle between the end of the original manufacturers’ warranty and its end of life. In value terms, the aftermarket cost of maintaining Britain’s road vehicles is approximately $25 billion. This annual expenditure figure is not expected to change dramatically in the next few years, but how and where it is spent is of enormous importance to the local economy, because Britain is heavily dependent on road transport for economic and social reasons, and because the automotive industry and the garage trade are important employers of skilled labor throughout the country.

 

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Ukraine Automotive Market

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This report examines market trends in Ukraine for cars. Products described in this report are cars, SUVs, sports cars and mini-vans generally designed for individual motorists. With an annual sales volume of an estimated USD 2.0 billion, an estimated 80 percent import dependency, and growth demand of not less than 30 percent, the Ukrainian market for cars may present a good opportunity for American car dealerships or individuals who may possess excess or unsold inventory of subject products, as well as for American automotive aftermarket companies selling spare parts, accessories or garage service equipment.

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United Kingdom Automotive Body Repair Systems and Equipment

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UK automotive body repair shops buy tools, equipment, consumables and supplies worth approximately $160 million each year to support the 27 million passenger cars and 6 million trucks, vans and buses registered in Britain. Annual sales of capital equipment used for body repair rise in line with inflation, but show little evidence of real market growth. Electric and
pneumatic power tools and accessories show better prospects for increased sales, and both environmental and health and safety concerns are bringing changes in work practices that will require automotive paint shops to invest in new equipment and facilities. As in most industries that rely on craft skills, there is a constant need for materials and supplies, either as accessories to the power tools used, or as part of a manual finishing process.

 

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United Kingdom Automotive Manufacturing Sector Overview

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This report is one of a series written by U.S. Commercial Service offices across Europe. It provides details of the automobile manufacturers in the UK, as well as a brief overview of the market structure.

 

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United Arab Emirates Auto Spare Parts and Accessories

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The value for automotive parts, accessories and components alone is a multi-million dollar industry for the UAE alone. Strategically located between east and west, offering first class port facilities, excellent infrastructure and logistic services, liberal banking policies and experienced manpower has turned the UAE into the undisputed regional business hub serving the Middle East and North Africa region. An approximate 60% of total market import for the UAE is reexported to other countries in the region. Total value for the UAE and the wider regional markets would exceed $10 billion.

 

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Turkey Auto Repair Diagnostic

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Turkey’s automobile production industry rebounded in 2004 and has set new records for number of vehicles produced, exports and auto sales. Turkey’s automotive industry produced 862,035 passenger and utility vehicles (a 53% percent increase from 2003), and exported 518,607 cars and trucks (a 44% increase from 2003 and representing about 60% percent of total production). Turkey is the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the European Union (EU) following Germany, France,
Spain, U.K. and Italy and ranks as the world’s 18th largest automobile manufacturer.

 

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Turkey Automotive Parts Market Brief

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Increased consumer demand in the 1990s and Turkey’s Customs Union agreement with the EU drove rapid growth of automotive production in Turkey. The growing local market and promising neighboring export markets (the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East), in addition to Turkey’s strategic proximity to the EU, cheap but qualified workforce and other productivity-related cost advantages attracted foreign direct investment to Turkey. Most international vehicle producers, presently, there are 19 vehicle producers in the Turkish market, have already started production in Turkey. Some of the existing ones, like Ford, Renault, Fiat, and Toyota, with their local partners, have gone further and either are planning to increase their capacities, or have already started investments to do so.

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Australia Specialty Equipment Market

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Australia, a country of 20 million people, is world famous for a citizenry whose love of cars and vehicle customization is on a par with that of the United States, and perhaps more so in some sectors. With more than 14 million vehicles and a population
a mere one-tenth the size of the U.S., Australia has one of the highest ownership of vehicles per capital in the world.

 

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The Netherlands Trucks and Truck Parts Market

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This market analysis describes the Dutch market for commercial vehicle and parts. Considering current fragile economic conditions, the commercial vehicle market is doing very well. The sales of second hand vehicles are surpassing those of new vehicles by great lengths and total sales in 2004 were 8.5 percent higher than the previous year. This translates into opportunities for suppliers of truck parts as ageing trucks require increased maintenance and repair. Trucks over 16 tons are the driving force behind this flourishing sales volume. Industry analysts expect growth in this sector to be sustained up to 2007.

 

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Switzerland Auto Parts

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The overall Swiss market demand for automotive parts, equipment, aftermarket products as well as accessories was valued in 2004 at USD 1.095 billion and is forecast to expand between 3 and 5% in 2005. In the past few years, U.S. imports
have garnered a small market share, registering USD 42 million in 2004. Germany, which traditionally has had a strong stronghold in the market, captured the lion’s share with a total exceeding 47% of the market, followed by France with 15% and Japan with 10%.

 

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Switzerland Specialty Equipment Accessories

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The overall Swiss market demand for automotive parts, equipment, aftermarket products, accessories as well as specialty equipment was valued in 2004 at USD 1.095 billion and is forecast to grow 2-3% over next two years. In the past few years, U.S. imports have garnered a small market share, registering USD 42 million in 2004. Germany, which traditionally has had a strong stronghold in the market, captured the lion’s share with a total exceeding 47% of the market, followed by France with 15% and Japan with 10%.

 

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South African Market for Automotive Components and Parts

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South Africa is the only significant automotive manufacturing nation in Sub-Saharan region and accounts for about 80 percent of the sub-continents output, with still unexploited opportunities to develop, produce and market vehicles to African operating requirements. The South African automotive industry ranks 18th in the world as far as vehicle production is concerned. There are approximately 400 automotive component manufacturers, most seeking foreign partners for technology market access, process know-how, research & development and joint ventures.

 

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Slovakia Automotive Components

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Car component suppliers have been flocking to Slovakia in droves since PSA Peugeot Citroen and KIA announced their intention to open automotive manufacturing plants in Slovakia. These investments are equally as important and beneficial as the massive investments of the well-known car producers. The suppliers will support small- and medium-sized businesses and develop diversity in the manufacturing sector.

 

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Saudi Arabia Tire and Inner Tube Market

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The Saudi automotive tire and inner tube market is the largest in the Near East. In 2004, Saudi tire distributors imported $445 million worth of automotive tires. Japanese manufacturers topped the list of suppliers at more than 41 percent share of the Saudi import market, while U.S. companies came in fourth place after South Korea and China. Saudi Arabia does not have a tire industry. Custom duty on imported tires is five percent and imported tires have to meet applicable standards set out by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO). Price and quality play a major role in marketing tires.

 

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Russia Truck Market

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Russia’s entire automotive market is growing at remarkable pace with imports of foreign makes steadily increasing. Significant recent reductions in duty rates on imported components have also increased the number of enterprises assembling foreign make trucks. Though inexpensive models are still the leading sellers, the rapid expansion of leasing mechanisms is helping Russian customers to purchase quality equipment. Domestic manufacturers dominate the market but their primary advantage remains low price, with quality still falling below modern standards. The development of the automotive manufacturing industry is a key priority of Russia’s industrial policy and the Russian government is actively encouraging foreign investment in the domestic automotive industry.

 

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Russia Automotive Aftermarket

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Twenty-three million car owners in Russia consume a wide range of spare parts, accessories and car-care products. This number should grow by about 5-10% annually. Therefore, U.S. companies enjoy considerable opportunities to sell their parts, accessories and service equipment. The number of cars and trucks in Russia has grown tremendously over the last ten years and this trend continues today. However, the share of older vehicles in Russia is much higher than that in Western countries; and, as a result, those vehicles require extensive maintenance, spare parts and expendable supplies.

 

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