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Foreign Investment

The Detroit Region’s International Business Community

There are nearly 1,300 international business locations from 38 countries in the Detroit region, led by Japan, Germany and Canada which together account for more than 700 operations.

Since 2000, India, Korea and China have led foreign direct investment growth by establishment with growth rates of 2,000%, 900%, and 550% respectively.

Top 12 Countries, Foreign-Owned Facilities



Foreign-held companies continue to invest in a big way in Michigan facilities. Foreign firms made investments totaling $2.2 billion more in 2014 over 2013, while the number of projects grew by 17%.

FDI Michigan Web

“Maybe it’s because of Michigan’s two million German-Americans – the largest population of any ethnic group in the state. It could be our universities, great lakes, natural resources and international reputation for the Motown sound.

Whatever it is, Germans love doing business here!  Our 350 German companies in Michigan employ some 78,000 people here -more than those from any other nation. Michigan leads in German capital stock investment among all states and import-export data places Germany as the state’s top European trading partner.

The shared values and deep roots make Michigan a second home to Germans and the most logical place for Germans to invest and reinvest.”

Fred Hoffman, Honorary Consul – Detroit, Federal Republic of Germany

“The culture in Michigan and in the Detroit area is so diverse that you don’t really feel like an outsider. You are surrounded by people from all over the world everywhere you go; the people have always made me feel welcome.  For me this is home, there isn’t anywhere I’d rather be.”

Tel Ganesan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kyyba

Regional Detroit’s Leading Foreign-Held Companies

CompanyRevenue 2016
Detroit Region EmploymentParent Country
FCA US LLC$72,794.731,875United Kingdom
Robert Bosch LLC$13,700.0Germany
Continental Automotive Systems U.S. Inc.$10,951.3Germany
Magna International of America Inc.$9,884.34213Canada
Denso International America Inc.$9,700.0Japan
Faurecia North America$6,100.03200France
Aisin World Corp. of America$5,778.0Japan
Hyundai Mobis (formerly Mobis North America)$5,555.7South Korea
Yazaki North America Inc.$4,056.01480Japan
Valeo Inc.$3,825.0France
Mahle Industries Inc.$3,165.0Germany
Autoliv North America$2,905.01400Sweden
Amcor Rigid Plastics USA Inc $2,900.0Australia
Toyoda Gosei North America Corp.$2118.0701Japan
Hella Corporate Center USA Inc.$1800.0370Germany
Key Safety Systems Inc.$1800.0339China
Brose North America Inc.$1696.0Germany
NTN USA Corp. - automotive operations$1271.0Japan
Tata Technologies Inc.$424.0India
The Bartech Group Inc. $345.0United Kingdom
Stefanini Inc.$221.0United Kingdom
Source: Crain's Detroit Business



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