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The bodywork market - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

The manufacture of car bodies covers the entirerigid envelope of a motor vehicle. This includes bodies for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses and coaches, as well as bodywork for cars and trucks. [INSEE, Nomenclature des activités françaises].

The outlook for the sector is very favorable, with strong growth of +9% between 2022 and 2023.

This study also includes bodywork and repair activities, but excludes the manufacture of bodywork parts and accessories, and automobile manufacturing activities.

Europe occupies a central position in the global bodywork market, and France is Europe's second strongest market.

URSSAF counted 1059 companies in the field in 2021, spread across the whole of France[URSSAF], while the Fédération Française de Carrosserie[FFC] reports 13,000 specialized bodywork and repair agencies, among the 125,500 companies in the automotive services sector.

The FFC brings together more than 1,500 companies, which are generally divided into three branches: manufacturers, equipment suppliers and repairers.

Stimulated by the customer markets of car manufacturing, road haulage and public works, bodybuilders have to innovate constantly to meet customers' safety, comfort and customization requirements[Zepros].

1.2 Sustained growth in the global market

According to a study by Business Research Company, the global automotive bodywork market is estimated at ***.** billion in ****with annual growth projections of +*% between **** and ****. The market should therefore be worth more than ***.** billion in ****[***].

The European market accounts for around **.*% of bodybuilder sales worldwide. The region with the strongest growth ...

1.3 European production: Germany leads the way

The CCFA, the French automobile manufacturers' association, has unveiled figures for European vehicle production in ****, showing the value and volume of production by bodybuilder in the European Union, by country.

In ****, France accounted for **.*% market share for bodybuilders in the European Union in terms of production. The other major markets are ...

1.4 French business on the rise

sales figures

In ****, sales for the French businesses involved in the manufacture and production of bodies for cars, buses, coaches and other vehicles used for passenger transportation totaled *.** billion euros.[***]The sector's sales increased between **** and ****, with the exception of the COVID-** crisis in ****. In ****, the sector's sales reached *.** billion ...

1.5 Methodological note

Production data at European level includes the following activities:

Bodies for motor vehicles and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (***) Bodies for trucks, vans, buses, coaches, tractors, dumpers and special motor vehicles, including fully equipped and incomplete bodies, vehicles for the transport of ≥ ** people

The activities and ...


2.1 Main customers

The main determinants of demand for bodywork are trends in road transport, the number of cars sold and therefore of new registrations, and construction activities (***).

Trends in road transport

After a sharp rise in the number of truck registrations in France from **** to ****, the number of registered trucks will stabilize at ...

2.2 Road accidents

Another determinant of demand for body repair services is, ofcourse, the number of road accidents. **** was an upward year for road deaths, after many years of decline.according to Sécurité Routière, the figure has risen to *,*** deaths, the same level as in ****.

The following graph shows that in ...

2.3 Requests to bodybuilders

The role of bodybuilders is to transform the vehicles supplied by carmakers. For example, a truck homologated by a manufacturer can become a fire truck, a removal truck or a people carrier.

They produce three categories of road vehicles:

Light commercial vehicles Industrial vehicles (***) Trailers, semi-trailers, tippers and containers

Vehicle customization ...

2.4 Regional and departmental demand for bodywork

Demand for bodywork depends on the region's economic dynapmism and population. The region with the highest number of registrations is Île-de-France, with **,**** registrations in ****. [***]

Source: ****

Some regions are particularly dynamic: Île-de-France, Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes and Hauts-de-France. We can also build this map on a departmental level to get a more detailed picture ...


3.1 The three business segments

The bodybuilder professions can be divided into three areas depending on the work performed, as indicated by the structure of the French Federation of Bodybuilders:


This segment comprises *** companies registered to the FFC. It covers all activities relating to the design, construction, conversion and fitting of bodies for all types ...

3.2 A highly fragmented market

The number of body and trailer manufacturers registered on the URSSAF website was *,*** in ****, up ** units on ****. The main players in this market are Jean Chéreau (***). These three players thus represent **% of the *.** billion euros of sales in the French bodywork market in ****.

Gruau and its ** subsidiaries also represent a ...

3.3 French industrial fabric

Employees and companies

Of the **** French companies listed in ****,*** had between * and * employees, i.e. **.*% of companies. Only ** had more than *** employees. [***]

According to the same source, in terms of workforce, body and trailer manufacturing concentrated**,*** employees. Companies with fewer than * employees accounted for **.*% of the workforce, while large companies with ...


4.1 Types of vehicle silhouettes

There are generally three types of vehicle silhouettes linked to their bodywork[***] :

Tricorps or trivolume Two-body or two-volume Unibody or single-volume

The first, characterized by their three-body silhouette, correspond to classic sedan models, with a first section for the engine, a second for the passenger compartment and a final section for ...

4.2 Bodybuilder products and services

As we sawpreviously, bodybuilders have a strong presence in the refurbishment and conversion of light commercial vehicles this service is aimed almost exclusively at specialized professionals, such as advertising distribution vehicles, delivery trucks, undertakers, etc.


According toiNSEE's annual production survey (***) the structure of invoicing in the bodywork and trailer sector ...

4.3 Production, import and export prices


According to Eurostat data, bodybuilders' invoices show an average rate of****.** in **** for commercial vehiclesthe latter category has unit prices of***.** per unit hese prices are below the European average of €****.** and €****.** respectively, according to the EU's nomenclature of activities.


In ****, prices per unit according to the types of ...


5.1 Ventilation regulations for bodybuilders

General principles of workshop ventilation

Articles R. ****-* to R .****-** of the French Labor Code, which deal with"ventilation and sanitation of premises", govern these obligations. According to the Labor Code, car body shops are classified as "specific pollution".

Article R. ****-** sets the maximum dust levels allowed in the ...


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