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Mechanical engineering A key industry in Thuringia's economy.

Industry Profile Mechanical Engineering

In recent years, despite ever intensifying competition, mechanical engineering has become the fastest-growing industry in the Free State of Thuringia. As this clearly shows, Thuringia offers excellent conditions for generating innovations and launching internationally successful products and technologies.

Overview

In recent years, despite ever intensifying competition, mechanical engineering has become the fastest-growing industry in the Free State of Thuringia. As this clearly shows, Thuringia offers excellent conditions for generating innovations and launching internationally successful products and technologies.

Facts & Figures

  • More than 700 companies
  • Around 26,500 employees
  • 2.6 billion Euros sales
  • 40.7 percent export quota
  • 13,500 students in engineering courses
  • Highest percentage of graduates in mechanical engineering in Germany

Key production areas

  • Laser technology, rapid tooling, robotics
  • Special machine building, automation technology, modern tool making
  • Precision and micromechanics, precision parts, mechatronics, automation

Workforce

Thuringia offers mechanical engineering firms a pool of qualified personnel of outstanding quality – from excellently skilled workers in all the necessary technical trades to highly qualified graduate engineers.

University education

Thuringia‘s technically oriented universities are continuing the state‘s long engineering traditions. In the 2016/2017 winter semester alone, no fewer than 1,300 students were enrolled on mechanical engineering courses. Ilmenau University of Technology and Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences have repeatedly achieved leading positions in the university rankings of the German weekly newspaper „DIE ZEIT“ and the Center for University Development (CHE).

Selected degree programs:

Ilmenau University of Technology

Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena

University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

University of Cooperative Education Gera-Eisenach

  • Construction
  • Kunststofftechnik
  • Mechatronik und Automation

Vocational and further training

To ensure that the mechanical engineering sector continues to have a sufficient pool of skilled labor to draw on in future, Thuringia places a strong focus on qualification. Young people can train for skills, for example, in the fields of metal cutting, mechanical and plant engineering and tool and mould making.

Thuringia also specifically promotes and supports training cooperations in the metalworking sector. For example, businesses and vocational training institutes have formed alliances at regional and local level to be able to train more young people and retrainees. The chambers of industry and commerce (CIC's)  and chambers of craft trades also offer further training programs.

Furthermore, Thuringia fosters and supports specialized training associations in metalworking trades. For example: businesses and vocational training institutions joined forces regionally to train more young people and retrainees.

Research and Development

Thuringian Center for Mechanical Engineering (ThZM)

The ThZM - the Thuringian Center for Mechanical Engineering – supports its members by serving as a central contact point for their R&D activities. It pools the mechanical engineering expertise and know-how of Thuringia’s tertiary education institutes and local research facilities, ensuring that all actors are able to access the latest scientific Knowledge.

Especially for small and medium-sized mechanical engineering businesses, the ThZM is an ideal vehicle in helping them make best use of their business potential. It allows firms to make maximum use of synergy and networking potential and so increase their success in the export of new products and Technologies.

Research institutions participating in the ThZM:

These bodies support companies in all phases – from the initial idea to market readyness.

FerMeTh - Cluster for Production Engineering and Metal Processing in Thuringia

FerMeTh serves as a cooperation platform for firms operating in the Thuringian metalworking industry. It helps them sustain their competitiveness and so secure their long-term market opportunities. It also assists in overcoming the structural disadvantages of SME businesses. Its activities lie especially in the fields of R&D, production cooperation, marketing and sales, and ensuring the availability of qualified Labor.

Selected companies

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