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Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in the Automotive Sector – Thematic Research

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal value of the automotive sector was $40 billion in 2020. and a growth of more than 100% was seen from 2020 to 2021. Automotive design, followed by future mobility, saw the highest growth in terms of deal value in 2021, when compared with 2020. All regions except the Middle East & Africa reported an increase in both deal value and volume in 2021, compared with the previous year. This report analyses the disruptive themes that have driven M&A activity in 2021 in the automotive sector.

Overview of the global M&A deals in the automotive sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the automotive sector

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What are the market dynamics in the automotive sector?

Batteries are a critical technology for the green revolution that we are currently witnessing. With many governments imposing future bans on internal-combustion engine powered vehicles, electric transportation is the future of the automotive industry.

Some companies are pushing the limits of current lithium-ion battery technology, squeezing more range, greater longevity, and faster recharge times from existing chemistries. Other companies, especially smaller-scale research-focused start-ups, have been pursuing solid-state battery technology that swaps the liquid electrolyte out in favor of a solid one. Across the industry, automakers and suppliers are announcing bold strategies to pivot away from producing combustion-engine vehicles and toward electric models. This has seen many companies race to secure vital supplies of batteries, EV components, and the raw materials needed to create them.

Which are the key regions in terms of M&A deal activity in the automotive sector?

The key regions in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the automotive sector are North America, the Europe, China, the Middle East & Africa, the South & Central America, and APAC.

In the year 2021, North America had the highest value of deals, followed by Europe, APAC, China, South & Central America, and Middle East & Africa.

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by region

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by region

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What are the key sub- sectors in the M&A deal activity in the automotive sector in 2021?

The key sub- sectors in the mergers and acquisitions deal activity in the automotive sector are parts and tires, future mobility, vehicle manufacturing, automotive retailers, auto finance, and automotive design. Automotive design, followed by future mobility, saw the highest growth in terms of deal value in 2021, when compared with 2020.

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by sub-sector

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by sub-sector

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What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in the automotive sector?

Internet of Things, batteries, and electric vehicles were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the sector in 2021. Connected car, COVID-19, lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, and automated vehicles are the biggest themes that will drive global M&A deals in the automotive sector in the future.

Which were the key companies in the global M&A deals landscape in the automotive sector?

The key companies involved in global M&A deals in the automotive sector in 2021 were Entegris, Asbury Automotive, Yandex, DTR Automotive, Qualcomm, Brookfield Business, Zhongsheng Group, Grab Holdings, and Platinum Equity.

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by company

Global M&A deals in the automotive sector, by company

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Market Report Scope

Deal value (2020) $40 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, Middle East & Africa, and APAC
Key themes Connected Car, COVID-19, Lithium-Lon Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Automated Vehicles, Batteries, Internet of Things, Digitalization, Cloud, and Robotics
Key sub-sectors Parts & Tires, Future Mobility, Vehicle Manufacturing, Automotive Retailers, Auto Finance And Then Automotive Design
Key companies Entegris, Asbury Automotive, Yandex, DTR Automotive, Qualcomm, Brookfield Business, Zhongsheng Group, Grab Holdings, Platinum Equity

 Scope

  • This report provides an overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in the automotive sector.
  • It identifies the themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the automotive sector.

Key Highlights

Global M&A deal value in automotive sector increased from $40 billion in 2020 to $84 billion in 2021, a growth of 108%. In terms of deal volume, 2021 recorded 915 deals compared with 733 in the previous year, a growth of 25%. M&A market saw 22 billion-dollar-plus deals in 2021, as compared with 10 in the previous year. Automotive design, followed by future mobility, saw the highest growth in terms of deal value in 2021, when compared with 2020.

Reasons to Buy

  • Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories. Those who miss the big themes end up as failures. If you want to understand the themes that drive an industry, simply look at the list of recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • In this report we have listed down the most notable deals in the automotive sector to make it easy for our clients to get a view of themes disrupting the sector and prepare for the future.

Key Players

Entegris

Asbury Automotive

Yandex

DTR Automotive

Qualcomm

Brookfield Business

Zhongsheng Group

Grab Holdings

Platinum Equity

Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems

StepStone Group

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co

BayPine

TSG Consumer

West First Management

CMC Materials

Total Care Auto

Yandex.Lavka

Doosan Machine Tools

Veoneer

DexKo Global

Zung Fu

Altimeter Capital

Club Car

Yanfeng Adient Seating

Mavis Tire Express Services

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co

Larry H. Miller

Yandex.Eda

Yandex Self Driving

Yandex.Delivery

Koura

Exide Technologies

Anhui Conch Venture

Envirotech Vehicles

Shenzhen Konka Electronics

Zhejiang Yongtai Technology

Ecobat

Zhejiang Kandi Technologies

TesVolt

Unifrax

Turntide Technologies

Li-Cycle

Huizhou Chengxin Packing Products

Jingmen Gem

Anhui Gaomu Venture

Silatronix

ATEPS Nederland

Taizhou Hengchuan New Energy

ProGreens New Energy Technology

Ming Technology

Shaowu Yongtai High-tech Materials

Promesa

Jiangxi Province Huiyi New Energy

Stercom Power Solutions

Hyperdrive Innovation

Peridot Acquisition

Huizhou Modern Battery

QMB New Energy Materials

Haistar Power

Gogoro

Ideanomics

SsangYong Motor

ChargePoint

Hyundai Motor

Unifrax IHumax Mobility

Zhejiang Jirun Automobile

Blink Charging

ZEEKR Intelligent Technology

Porsche Automobil

Lucid Motors

Blitz F21-842

Volta Industries

SK

Faraday & Future

EVgo Services

Stick Investment

Poema Global

VIA Motors

Edison Motors

has·to·be

SolidEnergy Systems

Lydall

Daeyoung Chaevi

Changxing Geely Automobile Components

Blue Corner

Shanghai Maple Guorun Automobile

Signet EV

Rimac Automobili

Churchill Capital

Akasol

Tortoise Acquisition

Yes Power Technix

Property Solutions Acquisition

Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition (CRIS)

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the automotive sector are North America, Europe, China, Middle East & Africa, Central & South America, and APAC

The key sub- sectors in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the automotive sector are parts and tires, future mobility, vehicle manufacturing, automotive retailers, auto finance, and automotive design.

Internet of Things, batteries, and electric vehicles were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the automotive sector in 2021. Connected car, COVID-19, lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, and automated vehicles are the biggest themes that will drive global M&A deals in the automotive sector in the future.

The key companies involved in global M&A deals in the automotive sector in 2021 were Entegris, Asbury Automotive, Yandex, DTR Automotive, Qualcomm, Brookfield Business, Zhongsheng Group, Grab Holdings, Platinum.

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