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Magna International Inc. is a Canadian mobility technology company for automakers. It is one of the largest companies in Canada and was recognized on the 2019 Forbes Global 2000.[2] The company is the largest automobile parts manufacturer in North America by sales of original equipment parts.[3] Its products are supplied to General Motors, Ford Motor Company and FCA,[4] as well as BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Tesla Motors, among others.[5][6]

Magna International Inc.
Traded asNYSEMGA
Founded1957; 62 years ago (1957)
FounderFrank Stronach
Area served
Key people
Donald Walker, CEO
Tommy J. Skudutis, Executive VP & COO
Vincent J. Galifi, Executive VP & CFO
Swamy Kotagiri, CTO
James J. Tobin, CMO & President Magna Asia
RevenueUS$ 40.82 billion (2018)[1]
US$ 2.83 billion (2018)[1]
US$ 2.29 billion (2018)[1]
Total assetsUS$ 25.94 billion (2018)[1]
Total equityUS$ 11.83 billion (2018)[1]
Number of employees
174,000 (2019)[2]
Magna International in Ontario

The company is headquartered in Aurora, Ontario and its chief executive officer is Donald Walker.[7] It has 169,000 employees in 338 manufacturing operations and 89 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries.[8] Magna is governed under a corporate constitution which calls for distribution of profits to employees and shareholders. The terms of this contract are a "fair enterprise system" according to company founder, Frank Stronach.[9]


In 1957, Frank Stronach founded Multimatic Investments Ltd in a tool-and-die rented garage.[9] This company merged with Magna Electronics in 1969, and the combined company became Magna International in 1973.

During the second quarter of 2015, the Magna battery pack business, Magna Steyr, was sold to Samsung SDI approximately $120 million.

In August 2015, Grupo Antolin completed purchase of Magna interiors unit. The sale to Grupo Antolin included 36 plants and 12,000 employees in Europe, North America and Asia, about 10 percent of the Magna's global workforce at the time. The operations generated sales of $2.4 billion in 2014.[10]

In March 2018, Magna announced they will work together with the ride-share company, Lyft, to supply high-tech kits that turn vehicles into self driving cars. They invested $200 million into the project and both parties will jointly own the intellectual property developed. It was also noted that Magna will be Lyft's exclusive supplier of self-driving kits.[11]

Corporate affairsEdit

Magna International global locations in 2016.

Its operating groups include Magna Steyr, Magna Powertrain, Magna Exteriors, Magna Seating, Magna Mechatronics, Magna Mirrors, Magna Electronics and Cosma International.

In Europe, Magna Steyr holds contracts for the assembly of vehicles for BMW, Daimler and Jaguar Land Rover.


In July 2015, Magna bought the German company Getrag, specialized in transmission systems with about 13,500 employees, for 1.9 billion dollars.[12]

Magna acquired 80% of New Venture Gear, once a joint venture between General Motors and Chrysler, in September 2004, and combined it into Magna Powertrain. It assumed full ownership in 2007.

Magna purchased CTS Fahrzeug-Dachsysteme, a supplier of convertible roofs, from Porsche in November 2005.


In April 2008, Magna's wholly owned subsidiary, Cosma International, announced that they were buying the Ogihara America Corp. stamping plant in Birmingham, Alabama, that makes parts for Mercedes-Benz and other automakers.[13]


Magna has produced a number of technologies and manufacturing processes throughout its history. Some of these innovations include the integrated child safety seat, stow-into-floor minivan seats, and plastic, reaction injection moulding (RIM) bumpers.

Magna’s capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of exterior systems, seating systems, closure systems, vision systems, powertrain systems, electronic systems, roof systems, body & chassis systems, hybrid & electric vehicle systems, and vehicle engineering & contract assembly.

In 2005, Magna began producing automotive rearview cameras at its facility in Holly, Michigan, and in September 2014, Magna produced its 10 millionth rearview camera in Holly.

In 2011, Magna supplied the complete electric drivetrain on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, Ford's first full production, all-electric passenger vehicle.[14] The Focus Electric was awarded the 2011 Green Car Vision Award at the 2011 Washington Auto Show.

In June 2014, Magna presented a Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) concept developed in partnership with Ford Motor Company.[15] The vehicle was based on a 2013 Ford Fusion and represented a 25 percent vehicle weight reduction. The vehicle was cosponsored by the U.S Department of Energy and was praised by numerous industry leaders for its innovative approach to vehicle lightweighting and fuel efficiency.[16]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Magna has also been recognized with several Automotive News PACE Awards for its innovations. Magna technologies that received PACE Awards in recent years include its BlindZone outside mirror (2009), Infinity rearview mirror (2012), laser-welded, hot-stamped door ring (2014, in partnership with Honda and ArcelorMittal) and PureView seamless sliding window (2015).

In 2015, Magna's SmartLatch, an industry-first, 100 percent electronic door latching system, was named a finalist for the 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Magna International Inc. (MGA)". Yahoo Finance.
  2. ^ a b "#427 Magna International". Forbes.
  3. ^ "Automotive News Top 150 Suppliers 2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-06-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Samsung Acquires Magna International's EV Battery-pack". Guru Focus.
  5. ^ "Magna International: A Short SWOT Analysis". Value Line.
  6. ^ "Tesla could escape 'production hell' for its Model 3 — but it would require a huge leap". Business Insider.
  7. ^ "Magna CEO on AVs: Big growth is in Level 2, Level 3". Automotive News.
  8. ^ "Magna Continues to Expand in Morocco With New Mirrors Facility". GlobalNewswire.
  9. ^ a b "All's Fair (And All's Well) At Magna". Automotive News.
  10. ^ Irwin, John (2015-08-31). "Grupo Antolin completes purchase of Magna interiors unit". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  11. ^ "Magna to supply Lyft with kits to make self-driving autos". Reuters. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  12. ^ Rocha, Euan (2015-07-16). "Canadian auto parts maker Magna to buy Germany's Getrag for $1.9 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  13. ^ "Ogihara America sells local auto supply plant". Birmingham Business Journal. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  14. ^ Barkholz, David. "How Magna's electrified Focus wowed Ford". Automotive News. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  15. ^ "Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Hurdles Into the Future". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  16. ^ "MMLV: Life Cycle Assessment". Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  17. ^ "2016 Automotive News PACE Awards". Retrieved 2016-04-08.

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