Industry, Branches & Technologies in Thuringia


Global players such as Daimler, IHI, Opel/PSA, Magna, Bosch, BMW or Borg Warner have set up production in Thuringia. Auto manufacturing has deep roots in the state, dating back to early 20th century.

Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Nanolithography, LTCC multilayer technology and ultrashort pulse laser technologies – these innovations represent a mere cross-section of the kind of advanced electrical engineering produced inThuringia.

Energy and Environmental Technologies

Thuringian companies are among the world‘s leading providers of state-of-the-art power and environmental Technologies.

Food Industry

What do Thuringian bratwurst and Brandt zwieback have in common? They are both made in Thuringia. With good reason, too: the region offers a unique combination of tradition, cus-tomer intimacy and cost-efficient production.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The sector of information and communications technology in Thuringia is innovative and productive.


The plastics industry in Thuringia is a success story with over 100 years of tradition. Known for their technical expertise and innovativeness, the local companies are among the biggest revenue generators in the Free State.

Life Science

Thuringia is home to famous innovations and discoveries, from the patented mercury-free thermometer and the X-ray tube to the microscope. Scientists from Jena were involved in decoding the human chromosomes 8, 21 and X.


The central location in both Germany and Europe plus a highly efficient infrastructure make the state a top location for logistics. All of Europe‘s major economic centers can be reached from Thuringia within a very short time.

Mechanical engineering

In recent years, despite ever intensifying competition, mechanical engineering has become the fastest-growing industry in the Free State of Thuringia.

Optics Industry

World-renowned companies such as Carl Zeiss, Schott or Jenoptics began in Thuringia and today they set international standards in the field of optical technologies.


Wartburg and Classical Weimar, Hainich and the Thuringian Forest – in Thuringia, cultural world heritage meets natural world heritage.

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