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Bain & Company, September 2023

In the second quarter of 2023, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) outperformed automotive suppliers in terms of profit margins. OEMs had an average margin of 9.2%, nearly 4 percentage points higher than suppliers.

This margin gap has widened since 2021 due to supply chain disruptions, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the global chip shortage. OEMs adapted by focusing on high-margin models and raising prices, while suppliers face challenges such as rising material and energy costs, placing some at risk of insolvency. Both OEMs and suppliers are urged to enhance their business models and reduce costs to prepare for potential economic challenges in the coming years.

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