Oct 14, 2014

Top 10 manufacturing companies in Europe

Siemens
Daimler
Volkswagen
BMW
Admin
3 min
The top manufacturing companies in Europe, by revenue.
1. Volkswagen Volkswagen was first founded in 1937 and has since risen to notoriety across the globe. Today, the German auto...

1. Volkswagen

Volkswagen was first founded in 1937 and has since risen to notoriety across the globe. Today, the German automaker is the number one car manufacturer in Europe, and proudly promotes its slogan ‘Das Auto’ translated to ‘The Car’. It has created some of the most successful vehicles including the VW Beetle, the Golf, Polo and Passat.

2. Daimler

Founded in 1896, Daimler is an independent British motor vehicle manufacturer. Daimler is owned by Tata Motors, which also owns Jaguar Cars. Daimler ranks second on our list due to the fact it owns a stake in many other prominent manufacturing companies, including Mercedes-Benz, Tesla Motors and Renault-Nissan Alliance.

3. Exor

Exor is an Italian investment company controlled by the Agnelli family and dates back to 1927. It is also controlling shareholder of CNH Industrial, formed by the merger of Fiat Industrial and CNH.

4. BASF

Headquartered in Germany, BASF is the largest chemical manufacturing company in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, Americas and Africa. BASF has customers in over 200 countries and supplies products to a wide variety of industries.

5. Nestle

Nestle, headquartered in Switzerland, is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues. It’s products include baby food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, frozen food, pet foods, and snacks. Twenty-nine of Nestle’s brands have annual sales of over $1.1 billion, including Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Smarties, Nesquik, Stouffer’s, Vittel, and Maggi. Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 194 countries, and employs around 333,000 people. It is one of the main shareholders of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company.

6. Siemens

Siemens is a German-based engineering and electronics company and is the largest engineering company in Europe. The principal divisions of the company are IndustryEnergyHealthcare, and Infrastructure & Cities, which represent the main activities of the company. The company is a prominent maker of medical diagnostics equipment and its medical health-care division, which generates about 12 percent of the company's total sales, is its second-most profitable unit, after the industrial automation division. Siemens and its subsidiaries employ approximately 360,000 people across nearly 190 countries.

7. BMW

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more commonly known as is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. Headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, the company also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. In 2012, the BMW Group produced 1,845,186 automobiles and 117,109 motorcycles across all of its brands. BMW is part of the “German Big 3” luxury automakers, along with Audi and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world.

8. ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal S.A. is a multinational steel-manufacturing corporation headquartered in Luxembourg. Mittal Steel formed it in 2006 from the takeover and merger of Arcelor. ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steel producer, with an annual crude steel production of 93.6 million tones as of 2012.

9. EADS

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) was a global pan-European aerospace and defence corporation that operated 2000–2013, and was registered in the Netherlands. The group included Airbus, Airbus Military, Eurocopter and Astrium. EADS was formed on 10 July 2000 by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA), and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA). The company developed and marketed civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles; space rockets, satellites, and related systems. In 2012, the EADS generated revenues of €56.48 billion and employed 143,358 personnel. In January 2014, EADS was reorganized as Airbus Group, with three divisions (Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, and Airbus Helicopters.

10. Peugeot

Peugeot is a French car brand and part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. Founded in 1810, Peugeot was formed as a family owned and operated business. The brand is most famous for developing the internal combustion car. 

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Mar 14, 2019

Top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies

Nestle
Unilever
Catherine Sturman
5 min
FMCG companies
10. L’Oréal

10. L’Oréal

Founded in 1919 in France, L’Oréal has grown into a multinational brand with over 82,000 employees, becoming one of the most internationally recognised FMCG companies worldwide.

Registering 498 patents in 2017, the business is focused on innovation and developing strong relationships with suppliers and partners. 100% of its strategically important suppliers will also take part in its sustainable development programme in 2020.

9. Phillip Morris

Despite various campaigns, over a billion people are set to smoke in 2025. Multinational FMCG company, Philip Morris remains a leading tobacco company, expanding its footprint into more than 180 key markets.

With 81,000 employees covering 80 languages in total, the company houses a comprehensive, agricultural supply chain; sourcing 400,000 metric tonnes of tobacco each year in partnership with 350,000+ tobacco farmers. The company has also sought to embrace the manufacture of electronic devices for heated tobacco products and ecigarettes.

8. JBS

Launched in the 1950s, global Brazilian food industry leader JBS is now home to 300 production facilities with over 10 billion-dollar brands under its umbrella., such as Seara, Swift, Friboi, Doriana, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo and more.

Serving more than 300,000 customers, it is the world’s largest company in the beef sector, with over 235,000 employees. Its Legal Supplier Programme has enabled beef suppliers to adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation, whilst the Green Light Pact initiative has seen cattle breeding centres in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil improve their production practices.

7.  Coca Cola

Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging distribution network, strong portfolio and exceptional marketing capabilities have made it one of the most iconic FMCG companies in the world.

Available in over 200 countries, its products are supplied through one of the world’s largest beverage distribution networks, where suppliers must adhere to its Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) and Supplier Engagement Program.

Adopting SmartLabel technology across its manufacturing operations, the business is also leading the way in the identification, implementation and sharing of best practices. Each product now houses a QR code, providing complete transparency. The company is also looking to reduce the emissions from its production processes, where 42% of energy used at its sites is sourced from renewable energy sources.

6. AB InBev

Originally established by combining three big companies: Interbrew, Ambev and Anheuser-Busch, Belgian-Brazilian beverage company AB InBev is officially the world’s largest beverage business.

Selling over 500 beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Quilmes in more than 100 countries, the company is acutely aware of its need to frequently adapt and enhance its distribution network.

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Partnering with nearly 50,000 farmers, the business is committed to sustainable sourcing, where its flagship platform, SmartBarley has utilised data analytics to support more than 5,000 enrolled farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance. AI and blockchain will also support its manufacturing capabilities.

5. Unilever

Housing some of the most recognisable everyday brands, Unilever’s aggressive acquisition strategy and strong brand presence has seen it become a household name across 190 countries worldwide. Its R&D centres have sought to fully bolster its manufacturing operations and vast distribution network, where the business has maintained its zero non-hazardous waste-to- landfill agenda since 2017.

Additionally, a number of its initiatives have provided employment opportunities to those in rural areas. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has enabled half of the company’s agricultural raw materials, such as palm oil to become sustainably sourced. Not only that, 26 sustainable living brands are now situated under the company’s umbrella.

4. PepsiCo

The main rival to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo’s beverages, as well as its food products continue to grow in popularity and demand.

Harnessing significant brand awareness, the Fortune 500 company is one of the most admired companies in the world. Its six global divisions form part of its aim to transform its products which are delivered through its extensive distribution network to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers.

3. Procter & Gamble

Following from its acquisition of personal care company Gillette in 2005, Procter & Gamble has become one the largest FMCG companies, with operations in up to 70 countries.

Providing a range of personal and consumer health products to five billion customers, the company’s recent plans to acquire the consumer health division of Merck Group, as well as implementing a new simplified management structure will form part of its 2020 vision.

2. Johnson & Johnson

A firm family favourite, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the most influential FMCG companies. With products in three categories, Consumer Healthcare, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, the business has grown at a considerate pace, with up to 250 subsidiaries under its umbrella.

The company’s complex, global distribution network and diverse supplier base has seen the business embrace new technologies across its network, as it continues to thrive in its role in delivering quality products and services at affordable prices for consumers.

1. Nestle AG

Undertaking a number of corporate acquisitions, Swiss food and beverage company, Nestle has become the largest in the world, with more than 2000 brands available in 189 countries.

Home to the world’s largest private food and nutrition research organisation, the company invested US$1.7bn in its research capabilities in 2017 alone, supporting its 30 R&D facilities worldwide. Its recent partnership with Starbucks will see the business bolster its complex distribution network.

Additionally, in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nestle is striving for zero environmental impact across its operations. Providing clear labels across its manufacturing lines, the company provides nutritional knowledge as well as supporting local farmers who provide high quality ingredients within its sustainable sourcing efforts.

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