Five-fold increase in share of Poland,
Czech Republic and Slovakia as
suppliers to automotive industry
With European integration, Central and
Eastern European countries have rapidly
assumed a prominent role as suppliers to the
German automotive sector. In 1996 Poland,
the Czech Republic and Slovakia had a
combined share of 6% in Germany’s imports
of car parts.
That share has risen to 32%.
Wage cost differentials with Western Europe
and those countries’ industrial culture have
fostered the shift.