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
Aloys F. Dornbracht: Leading manufacturer of premium taps
Recline, Bathe, Relax Source: Thomas Popinger
60 years back Aloys F. Dornbracht and his son Helmut worked painstakingly in their free time in a garage on their first patent: a tap with a detachable nozzle for the kitchen; at the time the only water outlet in the house. A lot of hard work went into establishing their business. Now headquartered in Iserlohn, Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG is an international leader in the manufacture of premium fittings. Since its inception, Dornbracht has greatly contributed to the role of design and architecture in the kitchen and bathroom realm. The many prestigious awards its products have attracted speak for themselves. As leaders of innovation in the segment, this family business also strives to continually push the boundaries of technology and production. For example, Dornbach’s Ambiance Tuning Technique (ATT) creates an entirely new bathing experience, combining different water jets into choreographies of varied temperatures and quantities that invigorate or relax in sync with your bathing needs. The Horizontal Shower indulges its user even in the reclined position.
Mechanical and manufacturing engineering



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