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Saxony possesses considerable industrial capacities and research potentials in the aerospace industry with a specific focus in the Dresden, Freiberg, and Chemnitz regions. Currently, approximately 6,800 employees work in 160 companies of Saxony’s aerospace industry. The biggest company of the sector in Saxony is the Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) – a company of the ST Aerospace and Airbus Groups – in Dresden. The manifold supply industry consists primarily of small and medium-sized enterprises.



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Saxony’s strong industrial base with the core branches automobile, machine and plant construction, microelectronics / ICT, and environmental technology offers great potential for logistics services. The Saxon locations of such globally active corporations as Volkswagen, BMW, and Porsche; GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Infineon; Bombardier Transportation and NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT are at the heart of and the starting point for multifaceted and highly efficient supply and distribution chains. This is not the only reason why virtually all top 20 European logistics enterprises have set up their business in Saxony. Among them are the market leader Deutsche Post DHL as well as Kühne + Nagel, CEVA, DSV, and Dachser.


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In 1839, Germany’s first long-distance rail line was officially inaugurated between Leipzig and Dresden. In the opening ceremony participated not only British locomotives, but also the first locomotive built in Germany, the “Saxonia”. This locomotive was manufactured by the “Maschinenbau-Anstalt Übigau” in the vicinity of Dresden. The “Saxonia” proved its worth with regard to its pulling power, speed, fuel consumption, and reliability. This marked the start of the success story of Saxony’s railway technology branch which can look back on 175 years of history today.


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The software branch is a major driving force of economic development in Saxony. Software is one of those technologies which are indispensable for the key fields of innovation. For example, Saxony’s companies and research facilities play a decisive role when it comes to the global topics of the future – including, above all, cyber-physical systems as the basis for Industry 4.0 / Smart Factories, energy efficient production as well as future mobility.


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We support Saxony.

Dieter Faust

Managing Director, AOA Apparatebau Gauting GmbH

"The AOA corporation is part of the large German aviation industry supplier Diehl Aerosystems. It founded a branch office in Dresden in 1991. We greatly appreciate our highly qualified employees as well as our outstanding cooperation with the universities and research institutes in Saxony."

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Germany’s first innovation lab for logistics - "Logistics Living Lab" Leipzig

The interaction of IT systems for complex logistics services is tested in the Logistics Living Lab. Germany’s first innovation lab for logistics is funded as an integral part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)’s Innovation Initiative “Entrepreneurial Regions.” The lab is being developed and implemented at Leipzig University’s Information Systems Institute (IWI).

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