South Carolina’s network of 250 automotive-related companies and suppliers, including industry leaders like BMW, Michelin, Robert Bosch, represents a major sector of the state’s economy and has been crucial in fueling South Carolina’s economic development. Representing over 5 percent of the State’s employment base, the automotive sector is an integral part of South Carolina’s economy. As a result, a wide range of companies supporting all aspects of automotive manufacturing – from assemblers, parts suppliers, and raw material producers – are based in South Carolina. Overall, South Carolina’s automotive cluster engenders a total economic impact of over $27 billion.