Even in the manufacturing sector, energy-efficient solutions in production technology will play a decisive role in achieving Germany's ambitious climate goals. German companies active in energy-intensive industry sectors have been working for decades to optimise energy efficiency in production processes.
Machinery and equipment
The German engineering tradition moving forward: the M&E industry is driving innovation
Germany is a leader in providing customised products to the global manufacturing industry via small- and mid-sized companies. As a leader in digital automation technologies, Germany’s M&E industry is at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.
3rdGermany ranks third in terms of worldwide M&E industry turnover (China No. 1, USA No. 2).
Industrie 4.0Germany's M&E industry makes Germany the world’s leading Industrie 4.0 nation with a notable market increase from 2015 to 2017.
6,400In terms of level of activity, M&E is Germany’s largest sector with almost 6,400 companies along the value chain.
16 per centGermany’s M&E industry is the top global producer of industrial machinery with 16 per cent of global industrial machinery trade.
Efficiency and innovation: great for investment
Machine visionMachine vision counts as one of the major growth sectors in the R&A industry and has become the key technology for the automation industry worldwide. MV industry turnover has more than doubled within a decade.
20 per centThe automotive industry, the largest industrial sector in Germany, accounts for 20 per cent of turnover in the MV sector.
2.6 billion eurosA record turnover of 2.6 billion euros was reached in 2017 (18 per cent increase) with dynamic market development set to be maintained in 2018 (forecast annual increase of 10 per cent).
Production technology is undergoing radical change with the arrival of the Internet of Things in the factory. Industrie 4.0 will increasingly allow companies to create connected processes and make them more flexible and client-oriented. Industrie 4.0 is expected to increase M&E sector gross value added by 23 billion euros through to 2025.
Industrie 4.0is driving change in the automotive sector in Germany. The domestic market for Industrie 4.0 solutions in this industry grew 20 per cent to 2.1 billion euros in 2016/17.
Bitkom,the German association for IT, telecommunications and new media, predicts an annual value added potential of 2.1 billion euros through 2025 for Industrie 4.0 solutions in the automotive industry, such as real-time data and man-machine interfaces.
SmartAccording to the Staufen German Industrie 4.0 Index 2017, almost all auto sector companies already use “smart” concepts.
Laboratories for Industrie 4.0
Research clusters are driving innovation and offering great investment opportunities – for instance, the OWL technology network, one of the most important Industrie 4.0 initiatives in Germany. OWL connects more than 200 companies and research institutes with the goal of finding solutions for processing data from machines, creating new services and business models, and using technology to improve working conditions.
Collaboration for innovation
Germany's machinery and equipment industry boasts a productive, educated workforce, along with stable wage rates over time. Flexible working practices, such as fixed-term contracts and shift systems, add to Germany’s competitive edge in offering investors an affordable, high-quality climate for manufacturing.
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Top location for M&E investment
Germany's leading role in industrial machinery and equipment comes from the synthesis of a highly skilled workforce, excellent support resources for R&D and a long-standing engineering tradition – all necessary parts for the latest industrial revolution, Industrie 4.0. Get in touch to learn more.