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 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"?|
- 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 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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Events & News
Japanese Business Day 2016 will take place on Monday, 23 May 2016 at the InterContinental, Düsseldorf. This year's theme is "Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation - Utopia or Reality? New business models for German and Japanese companies". It will highlight trends, innovations in Germany, NRW and Japan as well as cooperation opportunities.
Developed in Japan, the health drink Yakult is considered to be the oldest probiotic drink in the world. Since 1996, the Japanese company has been based with a sales and marketing company in Neuss, from where it controls its German business operations.
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NRW at a glance
Discover the advantages of NRW as a business location on the interactive map.