Germany’s three biggest export companies are iconic automobile manufacturers. The rest of them delve into different industries that, likewise, develops the country making them emerge tops.
To give some global trade perspective on recent company performance, the overall value of German exports modestly declined by -0.1% from US$1.451 trillion in 2013 to $1.450 trillion during 2017. From 2016 to 2017, Germany’s exported goods appreciated by 8.2%. In the analysis below, we compare 10 of Germany’s top exports-dependent companies based on asset values, sales and profitability as of December 2018. Also specified is the German city where each business has its headquarters.
Below are Germany’s biggest exports-related companies organized by asset value. Enclosed within the brackets is the primary industry in which each company operates.
- Volkswagen Group (car/truck maker): US$531.4 billion, up 15.8% from 2017
- Daimler (car/truck maker): $323.2 billion, up 26.1%
- BMW Group (car/truck maker): $241.3 billion, up 14.7%
- Siemens (industrial conglomerate): $163.4 billion, up 22.8%
- BASF (diversified chemicals): $98.9 billion, up 17.9%
- Bayer (diversified chemicals): $92.7 billion, up 2.9%
- Fresenius (medical equipment, supplies): $65.8 billion, up 34.3%
- Merck (pharmaceuticals): $43.3 billion, up 5.4%
- Linde (diversified chemicals): $40.8 billion, up 4.6%
- Thyssen Krupp Group (industrial conglomerate): $40.7 billion, up 10.3%
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