Consolidation among the 30 largest European suppliers added five new companies and helped raise combined sales by 9.6 percent to $87.6 billion (94.5 billion) last year.
On a separate list of global sales of original-equipment auto parts, the 30 largest suppliers sold $235.3 billion worldwide last year, down 3.2 percent from 2000.
The two lists - 30 largest European suppliers and 100 largest global suppliers - are compiled annually by the Data Center at US sister publication Automotive News. Both lists will appear in full in the Global Market Data Book that will be published by Automotive News Europe later this year.
Higher European revenue among the top 30 European suppliers largely reflects continued mergers and acquisitions. For example, the October 2000 merger of then-No. 12 Mannesmann VDO and No. 17 Siemens Automotive Group created a new No. 6, Siemens VDO. Consolidations of other top 30 suppliers raised overall revenue and created room on the list for others.
But overall market conditions for suppliers were poor. There were sales and production slowdowns in North America, Europe and Japan, and there was continued pressure on parts prices. Of the group, nine posted sales declines in Europe last year, totaling $1.93 billion. Looking at global sales of Europe's top 30, 13 lost sales last year. The 13 recorded a combined $7.52 billion in lower volume, most of it in North America.
Among individual companies, French seating and interior specialist Faurecia jumped from No. 4 past Valeo and TRW Automotive to No. 2. Faurecia's European sales soared 63.3 percent to $7.2 billion.
Diversified US supplier TRW Automotive lost 8.2 percent of European volume to $3.8 billion, but that was enough to move it from No. 3 to No. 8. US suppliers Delphi and Lear both moved up a spot, to No. 4 and No. 5 respectively.
Meanwhile, Italy's Magneti Marelli was the only 2000 member of the European top 10 to fall off the list. It dropped from No. 9 to No. 12, with European sales off 10.1 percent as owner Fiat sold off portions of the supplier to help reduce the automaker's debt.
On the global 100 list, Bosch's narrow 1.1 percent gain was enough to push the German partsmaker past a slumping Visteon into the No. 2 position. Delphi was No. 1.
Valeo fell from No. 10 to No. 12 despite a 5.5 percent sales improvement. But Faurecia's 59.4 percent gain to $8.6 billion in global sales vaulted it from No. 17 to No. 9.