Top 10 biggest global manufacturing leaders

Caterpillar Inc., Siemens, Honda, Ford, BMW, Samsung, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen & General Electric are our Top 10 global manufacturing leaders

10. Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar Inc. logo

United States

109,000 employees

CEO: Jim Umpleby

Revenue: USD$59bn

Caterpillar Inc. primarily manufactures heavy equipment and machinery for a range of industries. The company is known for its construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

The company produces a wide variety of machinery and equipment, including bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, motor graders, skid steer loaders and compact track loaders. These construction machines are used in various applications, such as infrastructure development, building construction, mining operations and road maintenance.

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Twitter: @CaterpillarInc

9. Siemens AG

Siemens logo


303,000 employees

CEO: Roland Busch

Revenue €86bn

Siemens AG is a global conglomerate headquartered in Germany that operates in various sectors and manufactures a wide range of products. The company is involved in industries such as energy, healthcare, transportation, industrial automation and digitalisation.

In the energy sector, Siemens manufactures a range of products and solutions, such as gas turbines, steam turbines, wind turbines and generators. 

Meanwhile, Siemens is a major player in the healthcare industry, manufacturing medical imaging equipment such as MRI machines, CT scanners, X-ray machines, ultrasound systems and laboratory diagnostics equipment.

LinkedIn: Siemens

Twitter: @Siemens 

8. Honda Motor Company 

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. logo


218,600 employees

CEO: Toshihiro Mibe

Revenue: USD$129bn

Honda is best known for manufacturing automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. The company produces a wide range of vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks and is behind popular models such as the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey. Honda is known for its emphasis on fuel efficiency, reliability, and innovative technologies in their automotive lineup.

As one of the world's leading motorcycle manufacturers, Honda produces motorcycles for various segments, including scooters, sport bikes, touring bikes, off-road bikes and cruisers.

In addition, Honda manufactures a wide range of power equipment, including generators, lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers, snow blowers and water pumps.

LinkedIn: Honda

Twitter: @Honda

7. Ford Motor Company 

Ford Motor Company logo

United States

88,000 employees

CEO: Jim Farley

Revenue: USD$158bn

A leader in car manufacturing, Ford Motor Company is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, United States. Ford manufactures passenger cars, such as sedans, hatchbacks and electric vehicles. Ford also makes SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) and crossovers, which are designed to provide versatility and space. 

Manufacturers at Ford also build trucks suited to light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty. The Ford F-Series, including the iconic Ford F-150, is one of the best-selling trucks in the United States.

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Twitter: @Ford

6. BMW Group 

BMW Group logo


149,000 employees

CEO: Oliver Zipse

Revenue: €111bn

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leader in manufacturing luxury vehicles and motorcycles. The German multinational company is famous for its high-quality craftsmanship, performance and innovative designs.

As a prominent manufacturer of motorcycles, BMW produces motorcycles suited for sports, adventure bikes or the road. 

In recent years, BMW has manufactured outstanding Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles, as part of their sustainability efforts.

LinkedIn: BMW

Twitter: @BMW

5. General Motors 

General Motors logo

United States

93,000 employees

CEO: Mary Barra

Revenue: USD$156bn

General Motors is a leading multinational automaker which manufactures and sells automobiles and trucks worldwide. GM offers a diverse range of vehicles and technologies, emphasising innovation, quality and - of course - customer satisfaction. GMs vehicles have made a huge impact on culture - from Cherolet’s to Cadillacs.

Furthermore, GM produces automotive components and parts, including engines, transmissions, chassis systems and electrical systems, supplying them for use in their vehicles. As the song goes, “Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry” - the bar might be closed, but the ride will be smooth. 

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Twitter: @GM

4. Samsung Electronics 

Samsung Electronics logo

South Korea

266,000 employees

CEO: KS Choi

Revenue: USD$478mn

Samsung is South Korea’s biggest company - known for manufacturing everyday electronic items, as well as essential semiconductors and memory chips. 

The company is also a leader in manufacturing display panels, including LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panels, OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) panels and QLED (Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diode) panels, used in various devices, such as televisions, computer monitors and mobile devices.

As a significant player in the semiconductor industry, Samsung manufactures a wide range of memory chips, including DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) and NAND flash memory, used in computers, smartphones and servers.

LinkedIn: Samsung Electronics

Twitter: @Samsung

3. General Electric 

GE logo

United States

172,000 employees

CEO: H. Lawrence Culp Jr.

Revenue USD$76bn

There are three main areas in which General Electric manufactures - power, renewable energy, aviation and healthcare.

GE produces MRI machines, CT scanners, X-ray systems and ultrasound systems, as well as general equipment for patient monitoring and diagnostics.

At the opposite end of the manufacturing scale, GE also manufactures aircraft engines, used in commercial airliners, business jets and military aircraft. The company has been recognised for its technological advancements in aviation, including the development of fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly engines - GE is also known for its offshore and onshore wind turbines.

LinkedIn: GE

Twitter: @generalelectric

2. Volkswagen Group

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662,000 employees

CEO: Oliver Blume

Revenue €61bn

Volkswagen, commonly known as VW, is a German multinational automotive manufacturer and a leader in building passenger cars, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles. 

The company has been investing heavily in electric vehicle technology and is committed to expanding its electric vehicle lineup. They have developed the Volkswagen ID series, which includes all-electric models such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. The company aims to further enhance its electric vehicle offerings in the coming years.

Volkswagen is widely recognized for its engineering excellence, quality craftsmanship and technological advancements in the automotive industry. The company has a global presence and is committed to sustainability and innovation in its vehicle production and technology development.

LinkedIn: Volkswagen 

Twitter: @VW

1. Toyota Motor Corporation 

Toyota Motor Corporation logo


372,000 employees

CEO: Tetsuo Ogawa

Revenue USD$257bn

Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer known for its wide range of vehicles and automotive technologies. 

As a pioneer in hybrid vehicle technology, Toyota has a strong presence in the hybrid vehicle market. Toyota is also investing in electric vehicle technology and has introduced electric models like the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and the Toyota bZ4X electric SUV.

In addition to these main areas, Toyota is involved in manufacturing automotive components, engines, transmissions and other parts used in their vehicles. The company is known for its focus on quality, reliability and innovation - placing it in first place on this list.

LinkedIn: Toyota 

Twitter: @ToyotaMotorCorp


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