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 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
Claas: World record in treshing
The Perfect Harvest Aid Source: CLAAS KGaA mbH
No sooner the grain ripens and dries than the farmer needs to harvest it quickly and efficiently, often left with only a very small window of time to achieve this. Besides, maximum amounts of grain need to reach the granary from the fields as soon as possible. Thanks to its throughput rate, the CLAAS LEXION 770 is clearly a nose ahead in this respect. This huge precision combine harvester has reaped nearly 676 tonnes in just eight hours or 84.5 tonnes per hour – world record and well-deserved entry into the Guinness Book of Records. This happened in September 2011 and, following that, this high-tech harvester from the agro machines company of Harsewinkel did a night shift at Lincolnshire in England, reaping 1,361 tonnes of grain in a total of 20 hours of non-stop operation and consuming just 1.15 litres of diesel per tonne. A hundred years of experience has gone into perfecting this harvesting aid. Mechanic August Claas took over the reins of this small concern owned by his father in 1913. He and his brother then laid the foundations for what is today the leading combine harvester manufacturer in Europe.