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).
|… 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"?|
- 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:
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NRW at a glance
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