With 16,000-strong direct automotive employment in over 250 companies and the total employment depending on the automotive sector estimated to be five times higher (Eurostat, ACEA) Slovenia has highly qualified people for the competitive and sustainable auto industry.


Off-shoring engineering tasks allows car manufacturers to reduce development-related costs and Slovenian automotive suppliers and engineering firms have a reputation of suitable partners. They handle calculation and simulation work, electrical and electronic development tasks, and detail design engineering tasks such as sample and prototype construction. As safety and environmental requirements are becoming stricter, automobiles are becoming more electronically controlled. Many leading players in the automotive industry set up operating partnerships with Slovenian firms in the electronic control unit (ECU) development area: software coding, hardware design, the design and testing of entire assemblies and other electrical integration tasks such as CAD modelling are offshore to Slovenia.


Slovenia’s automotive industry generates one tenth of the country’s GDP and accounts for 12.5% of its exports of goods. Slovenian companies have achieved compliance with all EU green and safety requirements and supply the international industry leaders. German carmakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, VW, as well as MAN, and Ford in Germany account for some 40% of car component exports, followed by France, Italy, Austria, the UK, and the USA. Reliability of the vehicles that roll off the assembly lines of Renault, PSA, Brosse; Lombardini, Landini, Fiat and Magna Steyr gives credit also to suppliers from Slovenia.


Key Figures 2017

Number of companies: 285

Number of employees: 16,388

Revenues (in €): 4.1 billion

Key export markets: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA

Source: AJPES, 2019


Key Products

  • Seats and seat components
  • Components and materials for interior furnishing
  • Car body parts
  • Components for braking systems
  • Mechanical and electric/electronic components for engines
  • Exterior equipment and body lighting equipment
  • Exhaust systems
  • Engine and gearbox components
  • Steering system components
  • Drive components
  • Other systems and components
  • Manufacturing spot welding equipment
  • Tooling for automotive industry
  • Research, testing and other development activities


Leading Domestic and Foreign Owned Companies

  • Adria Mobil (Coachwork for motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers)
  • Agis zavore (Breaks and break parts)
  • Akrapovic (Exhaust systems)
  • Boxmark Leather / Unicut (Sewn seat covers, leather wraped parts and leather parts)
  • Carthago / Carthago Reisemobilbau (Motor homes)
  • CECOMP / CECOMP (Blanking from coils, cut-to-lenght, prograssive dies stamping)
  • Cimos (Turbo systems, powertrain, chassis and body components)
  • Domel (brushless EC motors, brushed DC motors, stepper motors and other components)
  • Filc (Thermal insulation of car batteries, acoustic insulation materials for motor area and vehicle interiors…)
  • GKN Driveline Slovenija / G.K.N. Industries (Ball, needle and roller bearings)
  • Grammer Automotive Slovenija / Grammer (Seats, seat frames and parts) 
  • Hella Saturnus Slovenija / Hella KGAA Hueck & Co. (Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment)
  • Hidria AET (Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment)
  • KLS Ljubno (Starter Ring Gears for Flywheels)
  • Letrika Bovec / Iskra AE Komponente (Spare parts for automotive industry)
  • LTH castings (Transmission and engine components, systems and cmpoments for steering and breaking)
  • Mahle Letrika / Mahle (Starter motors and generators for internal combustion engines)
  • Mahle Letrika Bovec / Mahle Letrika Laktaši (Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment)
  • Novem Car Interior Design / Novem Car Interior Design (Decorative components and functional elements for vehicle interiors)
  • odelo Slovenija / Odelo (Parts & accessories for vehicles & engines)
  • Resistec UPR / M.Krah Elektrotechnische Fabrik (Resistors and rheostats)
  • Revoz / Renault (Passanger cars)
  • Rotis (Bearings, gears, gearing and driving elements)
  • SG Automotive (Electronic equipment and components for vehicles)
  • Sogefi fitration / Sogefi (Motor vehicle body components and engine components)
  • Starkom / Daimler (Assemblies for vehicle axles and structural components)
  • Sumida SlovenijaSumida (Special parts for automotive industry)
  • TAB (Batteries & accumulators)
  • TAM-Europe / CHTC-China Hi-Tech Group Corporation (Bus and commercial vehicle manufacturer)
  • TBP (Parts and accessories for motor vehicles and their engines)
  • TPV (Components for automotive industry)
  • Johnson Controls Novo mesto / Johnson Controls International (Complete seat systems)
  • Johnson Controls Slovenj Gradec / Johnson Controls (Seating and overhead systems, floor consoles, door pnels and instrument panels for motor vehicles)
  • TPV Prikolice / Böckmann Fahrzeugwerke (Light trailers)
  • Ydria Motors / EBM Papst (Electric motors, generators & transformers)


Universities, Research Institutions and Associations


Akrapovič - slip-on line exhaust system for Ferrari

Adria Mobil - motorhome Coral Plus

Elaphe - in-wheel electric drive

Revoz - Renault production plant in Novo mesto