In February 2018, Li Shufu the CEO of Geely announced news that his company had increased its stake in Mercedes-Benz owner, Daimler to 9.69 percent, a strategic move aimed at giving Geely access to Daimler’s leading electro-mobility technology which included electric batteries. As part of a global ambition to become a dominant auto force all over the world, Geely already owns British supercar brand Lotus, Swedish car maker Volvo and has a 50 percent stake in Malaysian automaker Proton. In other words, Geely is making all the right moves yet the Chinese automaker has barely a presence in major markets such as the US. Can Geely become a dominant auto force that can threaten the Japanese and American auto giants in the short-run and how?
Using strategic frameworks including Pestel and Swot, this report looks at the current macro environment in both China and globally to assess the trends driving Geely’s markets and in the process reveal opportunities that Geely can capitalize on as well as threats on the horizon. Using a swot analysis, the report further assesses Geely’s current strengths that can be the building block for its global ambitions before concluding with recommendations.
Geely Pestle & Swot Analysis Case Study
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the broad macro-environment of Geely and the Chinese automobile industry in terms of political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal factors (PESTEL/PEST/STEEPLE).
- Use our swot analysis example to gain an overall understanding of Geely's strengths and weaknesses and strategic options arising from the opportunities and threats that have been identified from the Pestle analysis example on it's business environment.
- To apply strategy business models and frameworks such as Pestle/Pest/Steeple, Swot etc to real company cases.
Geely, previously known as Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group is a multinational Chinese automobile manufacturing company founded in 1997 with its headquarters in Hangzhou, China (Bloomberg 2017). Geely is listed among the top ten auto manufacturers in China as well as among the top 500 Chinese firms (Bloomberg 2018; Geely.com). It is the first Chinese automobile manufacturer to develop its own range of engines including eight series of engines between 1 liter to 1.8 liters (Geely.com).The company’s revenues for the year ending 2017 were approximately 92.8bn RMB ($14.76bn), a 73% rise from the previous year while profits also rose to 10.6bn RMB, a 108% rise from 5.1billion RMB in 2016 (Jourdan 2018; Statista 2018).
Using the Pestel and Swot frameworks, the following section looks at the current macro environment in both China and globally to assess the trends driving Geely’s markets and in the process reveal opportunities that Geely can capitalize on as well as threats on the horizon. Using a swot analysis, the report further assesses Geely’s current strengths that can be the building block for its global ambitions before concluding with recommendations.
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