ACEA ‘322 automobile plants operational in Europe in 2022’

There were 322 automobile assembly, engine, and battery production plants in Europe, up from 301 in 2021, according to the latest figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Of these, 213 are in the EU, an increase of 19 from 194 in 2021.

These totals comprise 127 car factories, 44 for vans, 56 for trucks, 71 for buses, 71 for engines, and 41 for batteries. It’s no surprise Germany still delivers the lion’s share with 54, followed by France (31) and Italy (23), with Poland (19) and Spain (16) following at a distance.

The Netherlands still has nine automotive assembly and production plants, with two car plants remaining (so far), Nedcar, where the MINI is still produced for BMW in Born, being the biggest.

Belgium has three official car plants remaining, with Volvo Car Gent and Audi Brussels as the major ones and Volvo Trucks Ghent and DAF as major truck assembly plants. The Belgian bus manufacturing flagships are the Dutch-owned VDL factory in Roeselare and Van Hool in Koningshooikt (Lier).

Russia and UK

On the ACEA interactive map, Europe includes the 27 EU member states, Belarus, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan. The UK is the major player outside the EU, with 36 automotive plants; Russia still accounts for 32. Turkey represents a figure of 16.

ACEA warns that automotive suppliers, many smaller-sized vehicle and engine manufacturers, or custom bodybuilders are not included in this overview. Although this map consists of the engine production sites of most ACEA members, it omits transmission, body shell, and any other vehicle part plants.



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