Automotive Industry

With an annual economic impact of more than $27 billion, the automotive sector is now an integral part of the state's economy. As a result, a wide range of companies that support all aspects of automotive manufacturing—assemblers, parts suppliers and raw material producers—are based in South Carolina.

It all started in 1994, when the first South Carolina-made BMW rolled off of the assembly line at the company's Upstate manufacturing facility. More than two decades later, South Carolina has become a leader in automotive manufacturing. The Palmetto State currently leads the US in the export of completed passenger vehicles. Moreover, the state also ranks first in both the production and export of tires, accounting for nearly one-third of the US market share.

Why is SC Just Right for Automotive?

#1 in the export sales of both tires and completed passenger vehicles
158,000 people in the automotive industry workforce
20,220 jobs added in automotive from 2011 to 2017

"The region has very highly skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor.”

Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans
$8.7 billion in capital investment from 2011 to 2017
4x Over the last two decades, the size of South Carolina's automotive industry has quadrupled
Top 10 South Carolina's automotive industry is one of the top 10 fastest-growing labor forces in the nation

More than 400 automotive-related companies call SC home.

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Is South Carolina Just Right for your Automotive Business?