Mechanical engineering and production technology in NRW
Mechanical engineering companies in NRW make a significant contribution to maintaining the flow of goods, conserving natural resources and maximizing energy efficiency. Numerous "hidden champions" have attained international recognition with their highly specialized products. International leadership – for example, in the area of fittings and power transmission technology – plus a proven track record of innovation ensure that NRW is an attractive investment location for mechanical engineering enterprises based in Germany and other countries (especially Japan and China).
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Mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW
Category Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
region Lower Rhine
In 1990 the company Aker Wirth developed a special boring system commissioned by the largest diamond producer of the world, De Beers, to enable stripping of diamond-bearing layers and for their transportation on drilling vessels. The innovative system worked on uneven floors as well as in water depths of up to 200 meters. This company from Erkelenz of the Lower Rhine region to date continues honing its expertise in this field and has clinched the unofficial title of "the global market leader in boring systems for diamond extraction on high seas" for itself. With more than 700 employees worldwide Aker Wirth also manufactures boring systems for the oil and gas industry and for mining and underground civil engineering - the company founded in 1895, for deep-sea mining as well, belongs to these leaders of technology. On account of this, Aker Wirth on behalf of the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources is developing a concept for ecological mining of resources from the depths of up to 4,500 meters of the sea.