Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



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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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 more than one fifth of total German sales in this sector.
  • Approx. 51,500 students are studying mechanical engineering subjects at North Rhine-Westphalian universities.

NRW on its way to "Industy 4.0"

Smart technical systems will form the core of the 4th Industrial Revolution ("Industry 4.0"). The integration of new information and communication technology into the manufacturing sector will help to streamline production processes.

It is envisioned that smart machines and products will interact dynamically in a networked, versatile environment. The "it's OWL" cluster (short for "Intelligent Technical Systems in Ostwestfalen-Lippe") is a pioneer and driving force in this field.

The city of Aachen is home to "Integrative Production in High-Wage Countries", a cluster project involving private enterprises and various research institutes based at RWTH Aachen University. NRW is a source of smart solutions for key sectors such as the automotive industry, energy, healthcare, logistics and mechanical engineering.

Mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW

The largest mechanical engineering in NRW companies include:

Claas DMG Mori (formerly Gildemeister) GEA SMS

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Phoenix Contact: Hermes Award for an innovative monitoring system
Help At The Speed Of Lightning Source: Phoenix Contact
The Hermann monument near Detmold was erected in memory of the battle at the Teutoburg forest in 9 AD, which saw Germanic tribes defeat a Roman legion. At just under 54 m the tallest statue in Germany, it habitually attracts lightning, making it ideal for studying the time and intensity of lightning strikes on objects situated at a height. A measuring system now detects lightning strikes and analyses their steepness and energy. The Lightning Monitoring System LM-S was developed by a company called Phoenix Contact, originally for continuous monitoring of wind turbines. LM-S measures the lightning strikes in the area, evaluates the data and informs the operator on-line, who can then promptly initiate corrective measures. This prevents expensive maintenance, while making power generation safer. Phoenix Contact is gaining recognition for this innovation from many quarters. For example, Deutsche Messe AG honoured this global leader in electrical connection technology, based in Blomberg in East-Westphalia, with its famed Hermes Award in 2012.