MAHLE sales grow in first half 2012, expansion in Thailand

September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012


Valve guides produced by MAHLE using

the Powder Metallurgy processes are

enjoying more widespread application

in passenger car and commercial vehicle

applications due to their unique properties.

Small amounts of lubricant oil are stored

in the sintered pores of valve guides,

which significantly improve the wear

resistance and emergency running


In the first half-year of 2012 the MAHLE Group, which manufactures a range of specialist Powder Metallurgy products for the automotive industry, recorded sales of EUR 3,207.1 million, outperforming the previous year’s value by some 7.8%. The company stated that the sales increase is based primarily on organic growth (EUR +145.9 million), with the revaluation of numerous foreign currencies, particularly the U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, and Chinese renminbi, also having a positive impact (EUR +87.0 million).

MAHLE increased its European sales by 2.5% to around EUR 1.54 billion, with sales in Asia, an important growth market for the company, increasing by 16% to EUR 649 million. In the NAFTA region, sales increased to EUR 646 million, which represents growth of 26%.

Sales growth is likely to remain at a lower level in the second half of 2012, stated the company, who expect the economic situation in the automotive industry outside Europe to remain generally stable.

The number of employees decreased from 49,103 to 48,084 in the first half of the year (June 30, 2012). In Europe, the number fell by 478 to 20,203, of which 9,041 are employed in Germany—in the previous year, this figure was 9,181. The number of employees rose by 258 to 9,370 in Asia and by 153 to 7,586 in North America. In South America, it was necessary to reduce the headcount by 952 to 10,925.

Expansion in Thailand

In order to defend and increase the group’s market share with Japanese manufacturers, MAHLE is following the trend set by a number of Japanese vehicle manufacturers who are relocating the production of passenger cars and commercial vehicles to Thailand, by expanding its two existing plants in Thailand.  The site in Bangkok mainly produces pistons and the construction of a new building to house an assembly line, testing equipment, and subsequently the machining and coating lines, will be completed in September 2012.

Buildings for storage facilities and offices will be constructed in Samutprakarn. The areas that will be cleared will then have space for two new production lines for heat exchangers and capacity for the production of air intake systems and valve covers.

Further developments for the group include a new 10,000m2 logistics centre for the aftermarket in Russia to begin construction in 2013 and a new plant in Kyushu, Japan, for the production of air intake and filtration systems, will begin production at the end of 2012. 

Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor, [email protected]   

News | Articles | Market reviews | Search directory | Subscribe to e-newsletter

September 12, 2012

In the latest issue of PM Review…

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • From powder modification to rejuvenation: Fluidised Bed Reactors in metal powder production and Additive Manufacturing
  • Retech: Enabling the atomisation of reactive and refractory alloys at substantially higher levels of productivity and lower cost
  • Sustainability in Powder Metallurgy: Highlights from the 41st Hagen Symposium
  • Innovations from Japan’s Powder Metallurgy industry: award winners highlight novel automotive and healthcare applications

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


Browse the archive


Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
View online
Share via
Copy link