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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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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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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

… that one German machine in four is built in North Rhine-Westphalia? … that the industry has an export ratio of nearly 60 percent, making it one of NRW's most export-intensive sectors? … that North Rhine-Westphalia is a front-runner in Germany in the transition to "Industry 4.0"?

Quick facts

  • The mechanical engineering industry is the largest employer in NRW, with a total workforce of 203,000.
  • The 1,500 mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW account for about one fifth of total German sales in this sector.
  • Approx. 51,500 students are studying mechanical engineering subjects at North Rhine-Westphalian universities.


Mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW

The largest mechanical engineering in NRW companies include:

Claas DMG Mori (formerly Gildemeister) GEA SMS

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
DMG MORI AG: World's leading manufacturer of lathes and milling machines
Machine Manufacturers With A Flair Source: DMG MORI AG
1928 marks a watershed year in the history of Gildemeister from Bielefeld. Its director, Wilhelm Berg, was awarded patent no. 544 604 for "making a machine with free chip fall and automatic machines in the portal format", a forerunner to the present day lathes and milling machines. The company has never looked back since. Today, DMG MORI is one of the biggest machine tool manufacturers in Germany and world's leading producer of CNC lathes and milling machines, cutting machine tools related to turning and milling technology, as well as ultrasonic and laser technology. With 93 national and international sales and service locations and 6,000 employees, Gildemeister ranks as a global supplier. Furthermore, its collaboration with partners at Paderborn University in the development of "Intelligent Technical Systems" is designed to allow for the complete digitalisation of production planning, meaning that machines can be programmed for the next production process while still in operation, thus optimising efficiency by running without a break.
Category
Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Region
Ostwestfalen-Lippe