This was due in part to the unexpectedly fast recovery of the global economy and of the automotive industry, the company says. The sales and profit level improved steadily over the course of the year, and, in comparison with the previous year, which was heavily affected by the crisis, there was a rise of over 36%.

“These figures show very clearly where the automotive industry's growth markets are, and that Mahle invested proactively in these markets at an early stage and is now able to participate fully in them,” the company said in a press release.