International

International

Grow Your Business Where Innovation Thrives

Oakland County is Michigan's international business address. One thousand firms from 39 countries have business locations here, giving the county an international diversity that few counties or even states in the U.S. can match. Fiat Chrysler (Italy), Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), SAIC USA (China), Brose (Germany), Magna (Canada), Denso (Japan), Autoliv (Sweden) and Valeo (France) all have their North American headquarters in Oakland County. We encourage you to visit and find out why.

You can reach the North American market from here. The county ranked 13th nationally in total exports, with our businesses producing $14.5 billion in merchandise exports. Plus, you have access to a large pool of suppliers and technical talent. We have one of the nation's leading high-tech workforces. You can't say innovation and international business without thinking Oakland County.

Global Appeal

Pie Chart of Oakland County's top foreign-owned OEM suppliers 

Oakland County's top foreign-owned OEM suppliers come from these countries. More than 70% of Michigan's OEM parts suppliers are based in Oakland County.

Well Educated Oakland County 

44% of Oakland County residents have bachelor's degrees compared to 30% nationally.


Tech Talent 

Technical Talent: Michigan is #1 in the concentration of engineers. Home to 89,000 engineers.



Fortune 500 

57% of all Fortune 500 companies have at least one business location in Oakland County.


Hub to North America 

An export hub to North America: Locating in Oakland County gives companies access to not only the U.S. market but also Canada and Mexico.​


Global Appeal 

Oakland County is home to 1,000 foreign-ow​ned firms from 39 countries.

Southeast Michigan's Regional Assets

Oakland County Map

Automation AlleyAutomation Alley

A consortium of almost 1,000 leading-edge high tech companies serving the region.

InnovationInnovation

With more than 3,800 patents filed annually, the region has the first U.S. Patent Office outside of Washington D.C.

Motor City PlusMotor City - Plus

Oakland County has 40% of the Global Automotive OEMs with an office and/or factory within its boundaries.

Medical Main StreetMedical Main Street

The region is a global center of innovation in medical research and development, education and commercialization.

Tech 248tech248

A network to encourage collaboration and innovation for Oakland County's 2,000 IT/Tech companies - a large pool of technical talent in Metro-Detroit region - and engages the next generation of tech workers by involving local high schools, technical colleges and universities.

Links to CanadaLinks to Canada

Three major international trade crossings to Canada service the region.

FreshwaterFresh Water

Five of the world's largest lakes (The Great Lakes) are within a short drive of Oakland County.

ExpresswaysExpressways

Major expressways link Oakland County with all U.S. cities, Mexico and Canada.

AirportsAirports

Air commerce is easily accessible from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW), Oakland County International Airport (PTK), and Bishop International (FNT). Direct flights to Japan, China and Europe are offered daily.