OEMs secure more than 60% of their turnover abroad,
suppliers the same percentage in the domestic market
The mechanical engineering and automotive sectors secure more
than 60% of their turnover abroad.
Suppliers in Germany also benefit
indirectly from this. By contrast, the suppliers in the rubber, plastics and
metal industries earn 60% to 70% of their turnover in Germany itself,
from sales to the large automotive companies, electrical engineering
companies and the numerous mechanical engineering firms.
A shift is occurring, however. German manufacturers are importing
more and more of the products and services they need to generate
their multibillion turnover (see graph).
This shift is being driven
by the rise of Asia as a production location and by the advancing
European integration. That latter factor has also created scope for