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 over 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 nearly 1,500 mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW account for about one fifth of total German sales in this sector.
  • Approx. 51,500 students are studying mechanical engineering subjects at North Rhine-Westphalian universities.

Mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW

The largest mechanical engineering in NRW companies include:

Claas Deutz DMG Mori (formerly Gildemeister) GEA
Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
AC Schnitzer: The fastest LPG car of the world
The fastest LPG car Source: AC Schnitzer
Made by Aachen-based company AC Schnitzer, the GP3.10 is the world's fastest street-legal concept car of its class. A BMW 3-series coupé equipped with a high-performance M5 engine, capable of producing 522 hp and accelerating from 0-100 in just 4.5 seconds alone would have sufficed to make it a spectacular car. The really impressive bit about the concept study, however, is the top speed of almost 320 kph, a world record considering that the converted V10 engine runs on liquid petrol gas (LPG). The GP3.10 can be switched to this eco-friendly fuel at any time and is also fitted with a standard petrol tank. In gas mode, the car reduces CO2 emissions by around 15 percent. The AC Schnitzer team is the most successful touring car team in the world of motorsports. The materials and experience gained in motor sporting are employed to create solutions for daily use in road vehicles. All special parts for the tuning programme are developed in Aachen and marketed from there all over the world. And with some success! AC Schnitzer is the world’s leading supplier of BMW and MINI accessories.
Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Aachen region



New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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