Automotive Industry in Thuringia

Global players such as Daimler, Opel/Stellantis, Magna, Bosch, BMW, IHI or Borg Warner have set up production in Thuringia. Auto manufacturing has deep roots in the state, dating back to early 20th century, when BMW’s Dixi and the Ley brothers’ six-cylinder vehicles wrote automotive history.


Thuringia is a central location that is never far from Germany’s and Europe’s carmakers. Alongside large corporations, many nimble mid-sized firms drive growth in this sector. One of the strengths of the Thuringian industry is its wide range of technological competencies.

Facts & Figures

  • 700 companies
  • 66,000 employees
  • 9,3 billion Euros sales

Product segments by employees

Source: Study „Paths to sustainability for the automotive supplier industry in Thuringia“, 09/2018

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Downloads and information


  • Factsheet Automotive

    An attractive automotive location with many assets – that is Thuringia. (Not barrier-free file)

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  • [Translate to English:] Tiefenanalyse Automotive (Kurzfassung)

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  • [Translate to English:] Automotive Agenda Thüringen

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