Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: CEE Production Base Is Maturing - MAR 2018

BMI View: Ongoing strength in the European autos market is proving positive for production in the region and particularly in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The industry in the region is now showing signs of maturing with more value-added projects around EVs. Russia ' s recovery is also drawing in investment, but markets in the CIS are also diversifying their export operations for more growth opportunities.

In BMI's regular round-up of production investments, we track the latest projects from the production side of the industry and analyse regional trends that we see developing. In doing so, we hope to build a picture of any potential hubs that may be developing, as well as company strategy in terms of production bases and export programmes.

In Q417 we identified 17 new autos manufacturing projects announced or inaugurated in emerging Europe, worth a combined total of USD1.5bn (for those projects providing financial details). This is almost double the number of projects and a 50% increase in value compared with the same period of 2016. One of the most notable features is the spread of countries that have been targeted over the quarter, in contrast to the Russia-heavy focus of our last round-up for the region ( see 'Autos Investment Round-Up: Producers Preoccupied With Russian Recovery', November 1 2017).

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