The 100 largest foreign companies in China generated US$1 trillion in sales last year, accounting for 7 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to Hurun Research Institute.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision, better known as, topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by German carmaker and from the United States, according to Hurun, which started compiling the report last year. The companies were selected based on their sales and the number of employees in China.
Most of the companies in the list were from Europe and the US, but it also included those from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Four major industries – cars, consumer goods, healthcare and consumer electronics – made up nearly half of the list. They generated most of the US$1 trillion in revenue and employed just under three million people in China.
“Something that may surprise many, is that the Hurun Top 100 companies have been in China for 55 years on average,” Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of Hurun Report, said in a statement, adding that 20 per cent of these companies have been in China for more than 100 years.
Despite China’s stringent Covid-19 control measures that dampened business sentiment over the past year, foreign companies have grown their business in the country. In 2020, the 100 largest foreign companies employed around 2.5 million people and had sales of US$900 billion, equivalent to 6 per cent of China’s GDP, the report said.