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 around 70 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 205,000.
  • The 1,500 mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW account for more than one fifth of total German sales in this sector.
  • Approx. 50,900 students are studying mechanical engineering subjects at North Rhine-Westphalian universities.

NRW on the way to "Industry 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
TechnologieZentrumDortmund: The biggest technology centre of germany
The Hub Of Innovation In The Ruhr Region Source: TZDO
The Westphalian metropolis of Dortmund is the biggest city of the Ruhr region, the logistical location of year 2012 of North Rhine-Westphalia, and German Soccer League champions many times over. And yet the list of laurels does not end here. The TechnologieZentrumDortmund that is housed here on more than 100,000 square metres of area makes it the biggest facility of its kind in Germany. The centre provides space, infrastructure and comprehensive support to technology oriented companies and entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas. To date about 280 companies with over 8,500 employees have been set up here - among them ELMOS Semiconductors or Vestas Wind Systems, famous names in their respective fields. The fields of technology in the ten centres of excellence of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund, founded in 1985, range from Information Technology and Logistics to Biomedicine, including Microtechnology and Nanotechnology. Production and Manufacturing Technology and Electric mobility are also represented here. Technological companies of Dortmund from unique fields like Microstructure or Laser Technology are regarded as drivers of innovation globally.
Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Ruhr Metropolis