Top 30 Japanese employers in France -reflecting France’s traditional strengths

Le quatorze juillet seems a good moment to announce our new Top 30 Japanese companies in France.

The total number of employees covered by the 30 largest Japanese employers in France is 35,000 – lower than the totals employed by the Top 30 in Germany (56,000) and the UK (80,000) but the automotive sector is still dominant with nearly half of the Top 30 being automotive or having some automotive business.  Obviously some of the larger employee groups are related to manufacturing workforces – Toyota, JTEKT and NTN for example.

M&A’s have played a part too – NTN, a bearings company, acquired French company SNR Roulements (which was part of the Renault group) in 2006.  Toyota Tsusho acquired CFAO in 2012 – a trading company with over 10,000 employees in Africa.  Fast Retailing added French brands Princesse Tam Tam and Comptoir des Cotonniers to its retail group alongside Uniqlo.

As you might expect, food and drink companies also feature – Nippon Suisan acquired Cite Marine, and Suntory has its Orangina Schweppes brands based out of France. Ajinomoto is also headquartered in France for the region.

The other key sector is technology, particularly imaging – Canon, Ricoh,Toshiba, Konica Minolta, Olympus and Fujifilm.  Once again, each country’s historical comparative advantage is clear (cars, food, films for France, engineering for Germany and cars, finance and other services for the UK) showing how trade and integrated markets encourage specialisation.

Rank Company France employees 2016
1 Toyota 3,475
2 Ricoh 3,335
3 JTEKT 3,212
4 NTN 4,200
5 Fast Retailing 2,300
6 Canon 2,077
7 Toshiba 1715
8 Konica Minolta 1,250
9 Bridgestone 1,036
10 Horiba 971
11 Nippon Suisan 911
12 Suntory 900
13 Sanden 850
14 Nissan 800
15 Toyota Tsusho 653
16 Ajinomoto 600
17 Yamaha Motor 571
18 U-Shin 553
19 Fujifilm 550
20 Asahi Glass 550
21 Shiseido 550
22 Amada 519
23 Dentsu 485
24 Toray 456
25 Fujitsu 450
26 Olympus 450
27 Otsuka Pharma 449
28 Toyota Boshoku 440
29 Kubota 353
30 NTT 350
TOTAL 35,011

 

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