Magna International

Our History

A Technological Revolution

We are at the forefront of a new technological revolution in the automotive industry, and we’re leading the way in all areas of future mobility, with a keen focus on electrification and autonomy.

Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

Welcome to the 1950s, a decade of setting up shop for Magna.

Frank Stronach

Frank Stronach opens a one-man tool and die shop in Toronto called Multimatic.

Multimatic receives its first part contract

Multimatic receives its first part contract: an order from General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario to produce metal-stamped sun visor brackets.

Building the Foundation

Building the Foundation

Welcome to the 1960s, a decade of building the foundation for Magna. During this decade the company exceeded a million dollars in annual sales.

Second plant opens in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Magna Electronics Corporation Limited becomes a public company on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol MG.

Multimatic opens its second plant in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Canada and the US sign the historic Auto Pact

Canada and the US sign the historic Auto Pact, which removes tariffs on automobiles and automotive parts, Multimatic ships its first parts to the US - a drip rail for Ford Motor Co.

Multimatic merges with Magna Electronics Corporation Limited

Multimatic merges with Magna Electronics Corporation Limited.

Diversification

Diversification

Welcome to the 1970's, a decade of diversification for Magna. By the end of this decade the company exceeded $100 million US in sales.

Automotive operations expanded to include a greater number of stamped and electro-mechanical components.

Annual sales: $6.5 million US.

Frank Stronach

Frank Stronach becomes Chairman of Magna.

Magna opens its first US facility in Montezuma, Iowa

Magna opens its first US facility in Montezuma, Iowa manufacturing oil strainers.

Magna International Inc.

Magna Electronics Corporation Limited changes its name to Magna International Inc.

Magna opens its first headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

The Employee Equity Participation and Profit Sharing Program is introduced

Magna introduces The Employee Equity Participation and Profit Sharing Program, which allows employees to have a share in the business.

From 1976 to 1979, Magna implements a major product diversification strategy and organizes its divisions into product groups.

Magna opens its second US plant.

Magna develops the revolutionary single belt pulley system

Magna develops the revolutionary single belt pulley system and enters the automotive plastics business.

Continued Growth

Continued Growth

Welcome to the 1980s, a decade of growth for Magna. The company started manufacturing reaction injection molded (RIM) bumpers and by the end of the decade the company exceeded one billion dollars in sales.

Annual sales: $119.6 million US.

Magna sells its aerospace and defense operations

Magna sells its aerospace and defense operations.

Chrysler's famous  K-Car

Chrysler's famous "K-Car" was one of the first to feature Magna's RIM bumpers.

Magna develops an industrial campus and opens an employee park

Magna develops an industrial campus and opens an employee park.  The company moves to a new headquarters in Markham, Ontario.

We formally adopt the Corporate Constitution

Magna formally adopts the Corporate Constitution, entrenching its previous long-standing commitment to guarantee the rights of employees, shareholders and management to share in the profits they help produce.

Magna wins a breakthrough contract

Magna wins a breakthrough contract to supply Class A exterior sheet metal for an American Motors vehicle.

Magna's Advanced Engineering Group

Magna forms Advanced Engineering Group to focus on designing modular vehicle systems.

Automotive Systems Operating Groups

Magna organizes its manufacturing divisions into Automotive Systems Operating Groups to become full-service suppliers for many key systems of the automobile.

The Tesma Group is formed

Magna forms the Tesma group to supply engine and transmission components and systems. The company also formally adopts The Employee's Charter, entrenching our previous long-standing commitment to the principles of workplace fairness, employee equity participation and profit sharing.

We co-design and co-develope the integrated child safety seat

Magna co-designs and co-developes the integrated child safety seat, which the Smithsonian Institute recognized as one of the great innovations of the 1980s.

Welcome to the 1990s

Expansion and Innovation

Welcome to the 1990s, a decade of geographic expansion and innovation for Magna. By the end of this decade the company exceeded $9 billion in sales. A Partnership Agreement was signed with Ford Motor Company and a Joint Venture, Conix, was formed to supply plastic and molded exterior components. We were awarded the first major program to supply "bolt-in" door modules incorporating all interior door hardware.

1990: Magna begins major restructuring to sell non-strategic operating divisions.

Annual sales: $1.4 billion US.

Magna is listed on the New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange recognizes Magna as a publicly traded corporation.

Magna introduces Fairness Committees within its manufacturing divisions to establish and meet the needs of the workers.

Magna opens a stamping facility in Puebla, Mexico

Magna opens a facility in Puebla, Mexico to supply stamped body panels for Volkswagen.

groundbreaking systems integrator contract

Magna announces a groundbreaking systems integrator contract to program-manage the complete interior and exterior systems integration of a vehicle.

We implement a unique form of high-pressure Hydroforming technology

Magna implements a unique form of high-pressure hydroforming technology, a manufacturing process that utilizes water pressure to bend and form metal. Tesma International Inc., the engine, transmission and fuel systems group, is spun off as a separate public company.

Magna undergoes a major European expansion

From 1996 to 1998, Magna undergoes a major European expansion, acquiring a number of European-based automotive systems suppliers.

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Cosma is awarded its first major hydroforming program to supply subframes for full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles; one of the largest industry contracts ever awarded. Magna Europe sales reach the $2 billion mark.

Decoma International Inc.

Decoma International Inc., Magna's plastic exterior systems group, is spun off as a separate public company. Magna acquires Steyr-Daimler-Puch, one of the world's leading automotive technology and engineering companies with complete vehicle assembly capabilities.

Magna moves to its current headquarters in Aurora, Ontario.

Forbes Magazine names Magna the world's top auto parts company

Forbes magazine names Magna the world's top auto parts company. Magna structures its operating groups along global product lines.

Magna's Board of Directors approves the establishment of a separate public company to hold its non-automotive businesses.

Evolution

Welcome to the 2000s, a decade of evolution for Magna.  As the world became connected on a mass global scale at the start of the new millennium, Magna also evolved into a more global corporation with a more diverse product portfolio.  During this decade, Magna exceeded $20 billion dollars US in sales and became the largest auto parts supplier in North America.

Annual sales: $10.1 billion US.

Magna Steyr group

Magna announces the formation of the Magna Steyr group, a premier supplier of total vehicle engineering and one of the world's leading suppliers of niche vehicle assembly and vehicle concept development.

Intier Automotive Inc., Magna's interior systems group, spun off as a separate public company.

We acquire Donnelly Corporation

Magna acquires Donnelly Corporation, creating one of the world's leading exterior and interior mirror suppliers, with lighting, engineered glass systems and advanced electronics capabilities.

MI Developments Inc.

MI Developments Inc., the group holding substantially all of our automotive real estate, including Magna's former controlling interest in MEC is spun off as a separate public company.

We acquire the worldwide operations of New Venture Gear

Magna acquires the worldwide operations of New Venture Gear, a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary specializing in the production of transfer cases and other drivetrain products.

Magna announces the creation of a new operating group, Magna Drivetrain, which focuses on the development and production of drivetrain technologies and all-wheel-drive systems.

We complete the privatizations of our three public subsidiaries

Magna completes the privatizations of its three public subsidiaries, Tesma International Inc., Decoma International Inc., and Intier Automotive Inc.

Magna announces the merger of Magna Drivetrain and Tesma to form Magna Powertrain.

Magna acquires CTS

Magna acquires CTS, Porsche's car top systems subsidiary.

The first two Magna plants on the African continent start production.

Magna celebrates its 50th anniversary in business

Magna celebrates its 50th anniversary in business and becomes the only non-OEM ever to receive a JD Power Gold award.

Magna co-develops the Swivel 'n Go seat system featured on the Chrysler Minivan. Magna signs the Framework of Fairness Agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers.

Magna announces the development of an electric vehicle

Magna announces the development of an electric vehicle and becomes the largest automotive parts supplier in North America on the basis of sales.

Magna continues to be recognized as a top supplier

While a global economic crisis sharply lowers automobile production, Magna continues to be recognized as a top supplier by several customers, including Toyota, General Motors and Ford.

Magna Mirrors wins a 2009 Automotive News PACE Award for its BlindZoneMirror™ product.

Global Platforms

Global Platforms

Magna continued to expand its presence globally during a time of rapid economic growth across many regions. A transition started to take shape through the decade, with autonomy, connectivity and new forms of mobility growing in importance.  The evolution underscored Magna's commitment to deliver innovative and proven technology around the world to support its customers.

Annual sales: $23.5 billion US.

Magna continues to invest and grow

As China becomes the largest market in the world for automobiles, Magna continues to invest and grow there as well: Magna Powertrain breaks ground on a new facility in Tianjin, Magna Steyr relocates to a new engineering center in Shanghai, and Magna Exteriors and Interiors forms a JV injection molding and painting operation in Wuhu.

Magna achieves record sales on the strength of the markets in China and a resurgent U.S.

Magna achieves record sales on the strength of the markets in China and a resurgent U.S., and celebrates two milestones as a publicly traded company: 20 years on NYSE and 50 years on TSX. The company continues to diversify into related transportation industries, with new Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks including Magna seats, stampings and composite products; the acquisition of Vogelsitze for bus and train seating in Europe; and the debut of an innovative, lightweight frame for commercial trucks.

Magna continues to focus on developing game-changing products

Magna continues to focus on developing game-changing products, processes and materials that help set the company apart from its competitors and create additional value in its customers' cars and trucks. Magna introduces many new innovations, including a lightweight, high-voltage battery housing made of die-cast aluminum, the first all-composite SUV liftgate, which is 30% lighter than the prior steel-based model, and an electronic door latch that uses no cables, rods or moving handles in the door.

Magna continues to expand its global engineering and manufacturing network

Magna expands its global engineering and manufacturing network in India, where the company announces new seating and body & chassis plants.  Magna celebrates several manufacturing milestones across its product areas: 5 million axle drives, 10 million rearview cameras, and 50 million side door latches.

2015 was a year of refining our product portfolio

Magna divests its interiors business and acquires GETRAG Group of Companies, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of automotive transmissions.

In 2016, we grew our Advanced Engineering Systems business

Magna continues to grow its Advanced Engineering Systems (ADAS) business, leveraging its position as the world leader in automotive camera systems.

Magna wins contracts with Jaguar Land Rover to assemble the I-Pace, the automaker’s first-ever battery electric vehicle, and with BMW to assemble the 5 Series sedan.

Magna produces its 5 millionth transfer cases for BMW.

Magna posts record sales of $36.45 billion.

Magna celebrates its 60th anniversary

Magna celebrates its 60th anniversary and continues to lead through the relentless advance of technology, a changing regulatory environment and industry globalization.

Amid ongoing technology-fueled disruption, Magna rolls out unique solutions such as the MAX4 autonomous platform. There are great opportunities in store for the company as it continues to push the boundaries of lightweighting, electrification and autonomy.

Other highlights include ringing the bell to celebrate 25 years on the New York Stock Exchange and recognition by Forbes as a top U.S. and Canadian employer and a Global 2000 Top Multinational Performer.

Lyft

A transitional, turbulent and exciting year for the global auto industry, at a time when electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and trade agreements dominated the conversation. It was also a transformational year for Magna as the company continued to strengthen its role in developing the future of mobility.

Anticipating the road ahead, Magna continued to deliver new future-ready technology and products, helping the company remain competitive, win new business and expand its global footprint. Highlights included:

  • Buying an equity stake in the ride-hailing business Lyft and launching a partnership to create autonomous drive systems
  • Forming four joint ventures in China, including two with BAIC to bring a pure EV to market and to build EVs in Magna’s first complete vehicle assembly facility outside of Europe.
  • Launching new business with various customers including seats and LiDAR with BMW, thermoplastic liftgates with FCA for their Jeep platform, and e-drive business in China for VW.

Magna’s resiliency, agility and financial stability enabled the company to cope with changing industry trends, shifting transportation landscape and ongoing political unrest. It’s our company of entrepreneurs and open-for-business mentality that continue to drive change in nearly every aspect of a vehicle, from seating to lighting to powertrain.

Some of Magna’s accomplishments throughout the year:

  • We introduced our Freeform technology, an innovative seat trim material, that is a game-changer and a natural for ride-sharing vehicles, while giving designers more freedom.
  • Won the largest transmission contract in company history from BMW Group, including hybrid variants which help reduce CO2 emissions
  • Auto-qualified military grade RADAR and LED lighting and continued working to win business in both areas.
  • Added the 2020 Toyota Supra to the complete vehicle assembly line-up and collectively contributed key elements to the sports car, including a composite space frame to reinforce the liftgate and the seats.
  • Achieved awards and accolades for best-in-class quality and performance from multiple customers around the world.
  • While production efficiencies and cost consciousness have been central to our operations, we have bolstered our overall sustainability efforts so that the comfort of our lives does not come at the expense of future generations that follow.
  • Cultivating a more diverse and inclusive workforce that can continue to contribute their perspectives and talents to improve our organization.
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