The Auto Capital of the World 

  Highest concentration of electrical & mechanical engineers 


  • Employs more industrial designers than any other state 

  • Epicenter for the future of transportation mobility 

  • National leader in automotive R&D spending 

  •  Home to 81 global auto suppliers’ N.A. headquarters or tech centers 

  •  One out of five vehicles are manufactured in Michigan 

  •  Home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes 

  • Manufacturing-friendly tax laws and business climate 

Auto Manufacturers with Research and Development Facilities

In the globalized world, no matter the language, Michigan translates to one word – automobiles. With a highly skilled workforce, cutting-edge research and development facilities and top-notch institutions of higher education and the most dense automotive supply chain in the world, Michigan is the global automotive headquarters.

In 2017,


    •    17 OEMs call Michigan Home.

    •    11 assembly plants build 23 models.

    •    60 of the top 100 auto suppliers to North America who have headquarter operations and an additional 32 suppliers who have a major presence.

    •    Nearly 180,000 Michiganders worked for motor vehicle, motor vehicle body and motor vehicle parts manufacturing companies

    •    Michigan companies employ more than 71,000 industrial, mechanical, electrical and materials engineers

    •    Michigan has 1,415 tool and die establishments in the state which employ more than 36,000 workers

    •    Michigan companies exported more than $29.9 billion in transportation equipment across the globe.

Michigan’s highly skilled workforce is the reason it is still the hub of the automotive industry – as it has been since the dawn of the 20th century. 

  • Mechanical Engineers: Highest employment number in the country. 

  • Industrial Engineers: Highest employment number in the country. 

  • Electrical Engineers: Top 4 state in employment. 

  • Materials Engineers: Top 8 state in employment. 

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians: Top 6 state in employment. 

  • Michigan has 16 public universities, 30 community colleges, 37 private colleges and numerous trade schools throughout the state offering more than 600 automotive-related programs. 

  • Three major universities – Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University – make up the renowned University Research Corridor, collectively spending $2.08 billion on research and development (2012), the fourth highest among peer clusters. 


  • The University of Michigan ranks #6 in the nation in engineering research and development expenditures. 


  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Michigan’s mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and metallurgy programs #14, #18, and #26, respectively, in the world. ​


  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Michigan State University’s supply chain management program #1 in the nation. 


  • Wayne State University’s electric-drive vehicle engineering programs include degrees in electric transportation technology, and electric-drive vehicle engineering in addition to a graduate certificate program in electric-drive vehicle engineering.


  • The College for Creative Studies, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Technological University are nationally distinguished industry-focused post-secondary educational institutions in Michigan.


  • Willow Run located in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan is home to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) is a public-private entity developing and testing mobility technologies and it has been designated as the first national Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) proving grounds by the Department of Transportation is the most advanced testing and certification center for autonomous vehicles in the world..


  • Michigan’s Planet M’s goal is to land new business in the emerging auto-tech industry. The plan is to foster innovation and support companies redefining the in-car experience. Planet M also reflects the state of mind, strategic initiatives and entrepreneurial promise of the mobility age.


  • Michigan boasts the largest deployment of freeway and surface street Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the United States. Researchers expect 120 miles of a technology-enabled “smart corridor” will span I-96, I-696, I-94 and US-23. Future deployments on I-69 and I-75 will broaden the scope of testing capabilities.


  • Michigan is home to an all-weather environment, which is critical in testing autonomous technologies.


  • Michigan leads the nation in patents relating to navigation and smart mobility.


  • Michigan schools have specialized programs to focus on automotive technology and design, such as the K-12 program Square One, community college programs like Wayne County Community College District and university programs at schools including The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.