The United States is the second largest producer of vehicles in the world. U.S. auto manufacturers produced over 12 million passenger vehicles in 2015. Honda opened its first U.S. plant in 1982. Prior to that, the U.S. auto manufacturing landscape was dominated by Detroit’s “big 3” automakers. But since then, almost every major Japanese, European and Korean automaker has added U.S. assembly capacity to serve the North American market. The automotive industry typically accounts for about 3-3.5% of US GDP annually, and motor vehicles and parts manufacturers employ nearly 1 million people.
The auto industry was one of the first to convert to the metric system in the USA. Most of the components used in the assembly of today’s vehicles are metric – nuts, bolts, wires and other components are almost all metric. And engine displacement is now measured in liters instead of cubic inches. Many of the major OEMs that provide equipment to automotive manufacturers use metric components in their systems. This makes PTI’s assortment of metric products a natural fit in a wide variety of applications in the automotive manufacturing sector. Our roller chain, sprockets, mounted bearings and other mechanical drive component products are frequently used to convey various auto parts during the assembly process.