2014 North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain Performance Study

As a means of identifying and assessing supply chain strengths and challenges in the automotive market, PwC refreshed its annual study of the 50 top North American automotive suppliers (ranked by sales of OEM parts in 2013).

In this year’s study, PwC identifies leaders (top 20%) and laggards (bottom 20%), and determines an effectiveness and efficiency rating for the six supplier segments studied:

  1. Exterior
  2. Powertrain
  3. Interior
  4. Electrical
  5. Body
  6. Chassis

To enhance this year’s study, PwC collaborated with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), gaining to the support of its member companies (including 53 publically traded companies). Through OESA distribution, we were able to analyze multiple supplier surveys and expand the breadth of findings presented in this paper.

PwC’s study evaluates the responses of this expanded pool of players to distill their performance on supply chain planning, sourcing and delivery capabilities; compare supplier segments studied — Exterior, Interior, Body, Powertrain, Electrical, and Chassis —and identify potential for improvement. Specifically, our study provides a closer look at the ability of the top 50 North American suppliers to generate revenue/cash (effectiveness), as well as their capacity to minimize costs (efficiency).

While our findings indicate that most suppliers perform better on effectiveness than on efficiency, it is evident that all segments can markedly improve in both areas — with Interior and Exterior Suppliers leading the way in terms of the strongest performance and revenue growth.