With a highly-skilled workforce, cutting-edge research and development facilities, and top-notch institutions of higher education, Detroit is home to the densest automotive and mobility supply chain in the world.
Leaders in the American automobile industry, including automakers like General Motors (GM), Ford Motor Company, and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), contribute to Detroit’s economy and position Michigan as the global automotive headquarters.
Michigan: The Auto Capital of the World
- 26 Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have headquarters or technology centers in Michigan.
- The automotive and mobility industry contributes $304 billion to Michigan’s economy annually.
- 11 assembly plants and 16 vehicle models were assembled in Michigan in 2021.
- 96 of the top 100 automotive suppliers to North America have a presence in Michigan, and 60 are headquartered here.
- 9 facilities producing and developing electric vehicle batteries in the state.
- 1.1 million automotive or mobility jobs represent 20% of Michigan’s workforce.
- Michigan companies employ more than 104,800 engineers.
- Michigan is the #1 exporter of transportation equipment in the U.S.
Highly Skilled, Competitive Workforce
Michigan’s highly skilled workforce is the reason it is still the hub of the automotive and mobility industry – as it has been since the dawn of the 20th century. Current Michigan ranks include:
- #1 in the number and concentration of mechanical engineers and model makers.
- #2 in the number of industrial engineers, commercial and industrial designers, and mechanical engineering technologists.
- #3 in the number of engineers in the nation, including 104,870 engineers employed in Michigan in 2021.
OEMs in Michigan, 2021
2021 Michigan Is Automobility Report
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