Top 10 European manufacturing companies

BMW, Bosch, Bayer, Signify, Thyssen krupp, Ikea, ABB, Continental, Schneider Electric & Siemens are our Top 10 European manufacturing companies

10. Thyssenkrupp

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Thyssenkrupp is a German engineering and metals manufacturer, which employs 98,000 people in 48 countries with a €19bn revenue. It works across automotive technology, steel and marine systems.

The company also has an arm dedicated to the fields of climate protection, the energy transition and digital transformation.

9. Bosch 

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The Bosch Group is headquartered in Gerlingen-Schillerhöhe, Germany, It manufactures technology and provides services across consumer goods and energy, industrial technology and mobility solutions. 

The company has embraced Industry 4.0 solutions, Industry X and uses IoT to connect devices and systems, to enable data collection and communication. 

8. Continental

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Founded in 1871, Hanover, vehicle manufacturer Continental is best known for its tyres. Continental’s technology aims to provide affordable solutions for vehicles and machines that are ‘safe, efficient and intelligent’. In more recent years, the company has focused on sustainable solutions and has generated sales of €39bn.

7. Signify

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Previously known as Philips, Signify is headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and provides lighting solutions for professionals and consumers, in addition to the Internet of Things.

In 2020, the company reached carbon neutrality in its operations and has been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years.

6. Ikea

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Iconic Swedish retailer IKEA is known for its smart flat-pack furniture - and its restaurants’ meatballs. The company has worked with hunger-relief organisation Feeding America to support food banks.

Ikea has also embraced Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Made In India’ campaign and plans to double sourcing from the country, while increasing manufacturing output in the next few years.

5. BMW

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German vehicle manufacturer BMW is leading the sector into sustainable vehicle development. 

Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management, says: “Sustainability and economic success go hand in hand at the BMW Group. As a premium manufacturer, we have the ambition to lead the way in the area of sustainability.”

4. Schneider Electric

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French multinational Schneider Electric manufactures EV Chargers, Switchboards, Wiring Devices and Power Conditioning. The company uses smart manufacturing to guide its efficient and sustainable operations, while focusing on areas such as cybersecurity, augmented reality and cloud-based services, to help manufacturers utilise all of the benefits of smart manufacturing.

3. ABB

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ABB is a technology company based in Zurich, which uses smart manufacturing across its operations to manufacture electrical equipment, such as lighting, circuit breakers, sensors and power converters. 

In 2018, the company made a USD$150mn investment in a smart manufacturing robotics factory in Shanghai.

“Automation will be driving the industries in the future towards autonomous manufacturing,” said Peter Voser, ABB Chairman.

2. Bayer 

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Based in Leverkusen, Germany, global life-sciences enterprise and chemical manufacturer Bayer uses AI and machine learning to improve quality of life for people by ‘preventing, alleviating or curing diseases’. It manufactures polymers, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, as well as products for the agrochemical industry, such as herbicides and insecticides.

Manufacture 2030 started a partnership with Bayer, with the goal of helping Bayer to meet its targets, such as reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).

1. Siemens

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Founded in 1923, automation machinery manufacturer Siemens is based in Munich, Germany. It is known for its electronics systems which covers home automation, security and more. 

To help its customers leverage the potential of industry 4.0, Siemens offers a portfolio of scalable solutions which companies in process manufacturing can invest in, to become completely digitised across the entire value chain.

In the next few years, Siemens will invest €1bn in production facilities across Germany, as it seeks to reduce its Chinese supply chain.


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