A global leader in electronics

Germany’s electronics and microtechnology industry sector is of international importance with an investment climate marked by innovative research, public and private support, and a solid workforce.

The global market for electrical and electronic products has a volume of approximately EUR 4 trillion. The German market is Europe’s largest and the fifth largest worldwide with a volume of around EUR 136 billion.

Germany’s electric and electronic companies employ a workforce of over 1.5 million at home and abroad.


In 2018, the electric and electronic industry reached a EUR 191.5 billion turnover.


With an export share of 51 percent, Germany pushes next-generation technology into the global market.


More than 100,000 different products and systems create a diverse market.


New products account for 1/3 of sales.
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The future of digital microtechnology

29 percent of all R&D employees in Germany are in the field of electronics and microtechnology.
Electronics and microtechnology spend EUR 17.2 billion on R&D.

Internet of Things (IoT) applications are of strategic importance for the microelectronics industry

The forecast for turnover in the IoT sector in Germany increased from 2010 to 2020.

Germany is a leader in microtechnology in the mobility sector

Expected growth rates of microelectronics in vehicles from 2016 to 2021 in percent:

Public and private support for new technologies

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sponsors programmes for research and innovation. The programme will see around EUR 1 billion in public funding for Germany's chip industry by 2010.
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Developing markets, transformations as opportunities

Germany sets the global standards for security in the industrial Internet of Things.

Lars Nagel, Managing director of the Industrial Data Space Association

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An FDI leader

Germany ranked third in the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0

According to the 2018 World Economic Forum Report
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Germany’s vast electronics and microelectronic technology industry touches a wide variety of related industries. The country provides a myriad of investment opportunities, and more are being generated every year through well-supported R&D.