Actually, a veritable storm was announced: A US president who would delight the global economy with the kind of duties that would be imposed on a manor house, China - the world's most important sales market - with a very bumpy start to the new year, Europe and Great Britain moved one step forward and two back towards Brexit, the WLTP exhaust test cycle brought many automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to their limits, and the general mood against diesel was certainly not helpful in 2018 either. In the end, however, (almost) everything went well: the signs were once again pointing to growth among the 100 largest automotive suppliers.
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One year ago the motto for 2019 was: Sales up, profits down. For two years in a row, growth had slowed down. But compared to the current situation and the findings from the first half of 2020, times were rather rosy.