The automotive industry, or automotive industry, consists of all companies and organizations that design, develop, manufacture and sell motor vehicles. The industry has a large share of the global economy: more than 96 million motor vehicles were produced in 2016 and soon there will be more than three billion cars and trucks on the roads worldwide. As a result of the economic crisis in 2008-2009, the number of sales fell dramatically, but thanks to the growing demand from Asian countries, little of this is noticeable today.
Still, the automotive industry is struggling. Rising fuel prices and increasing competition from public transport mean that car companies must also innovate. Mobility remains important, but the lowest possible CO₂ emissions, low fuel consumption and safety are also essential. Safety for end users, but also for manufacturers. Both the car parts and the machines with which they are made must meet the highest standards to guarantee that everyone who works with them runs no or as little risk as possible.
One branch less affected by the rise of public transport is the production of trucks. Research in April 2017 shows that of all freight transport on rail, inland waterways and roads and highways, no less than three-quarters is on the road. And this will only increase - after all, the improving economy is also boosting imports and exports.
With net sales of € 20.9 billion and a market share of 13.8%, the French concern Michelin is one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world. In addition, Michelin is number one worldwide when it comes to fuel savings. At Westerhof BV we are proud to be able to contribute to this with our machines!
The tire manufacturer Vredestein, founded in the Netherlands, was taken over in 2009 by the Indian company Apollo Tires. However, a large part of the production still takes place in Enschede and Amsterdam, with machines from Westerhof BV, among other things.
Scania is a manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, buses and engines for industry and shipping. The main production center for Scania trucks is located in Zwolle, where, with the help of machines from Westerhof BV, trucks are custom built and assembled for both the Dutch distributor and for customers in more than sixty other countries.