Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: EV Diversification and Plant Modernisation Take Centre Stage - JUNE 2017

BMI View: The trend of growing EV investments in Western Europe which we noted in Q416 has continued in Q117 with particular emphasis on diversifying EV production into commercial vehicle segments. Companies are also showing interest in modernising large existing plants to handle workloads more efficiently and with more agility. Portugal is also showing a new found resurgence as a production hub.

In BMI's regular round-up of production investments, we track the latest projects from the production side of the industry and analyse trends that we see developing on a regional basis. 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 our Q117 round-up, we have identified a minimum of USD1.64bn worth of investment projects either announced or inaugurated in the Western Europe region, which marks an increase compared to the USD1.5bn announced in Q416. Of this quarter's investment, the bulk was dedicated to projects in Germany (USD740mn), the UK (USD643mn) and France (USD250mn).

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