MACHINE! - Mechanical Engineering


About 200 years ago, Saxony was the cradle of German machine construction. Today, Saxony’s entrepreneurs and researchers are working on ingenious solutions for the energy self-sufficient factory of tomorrow – for example, in the first “E3 Research Factory Resource-Efficient Production” in Chemnitz.

Saxony’s mechanical engineering branch is also a role model in other sectors.  

Map "Mechanical and Plant Engineering in Saxony" - Company Logos of Selected Firms

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS)

Saxony is considered to be the cradle of German machine construction. For about 200 years now, such globally coveted mechanical engineering products as, for example, textile, tool, and printing machines have been coming from Saxony. Today, Saxony is still a top location for such globally active enterprises as, for example, Siemens, NILES-SIMMONS, Starrag, and Koenig & Bauer.

With about 45,000 employees in approx. 1,000 firms, the branch contributes more than 13 percent to the industrial turnover and approx. 15 percent to Saxony’s foreign sales. 


The primarily small and medium sized enterprises of Saxony’s machine and plant construction industry possess extensive competences in the manufacturing, automation, and process technology sectors as well as in laser and electron beam machining and efficient plant construction. 



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For about 170 years now, Saxony’s educational and research facilities focusing on mechanical engineering have been among the leading institutions of their kind in Germany. Every year, approximately 6,000 engineers graduate each year from three universities, five universities of applied sciences, and two universities of cooperative education. 


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The research activities of the mechanical engineering sector in Saxony are highly diversified. The Fraunhofer-Society, for example, has eight institutes conducting research in production engineering and new materials all over Saxony.



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In branch and technology related networks, companies cooperate closely with educational and research institutions – for example, with the objective of making technology transfer faster, educating the requisite skilled employees and specialists, expanding markets as well as creating synergies in the development of new production technologies.


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Prof.  Dr. Hans J. Naumann


„We selected Chemnitz as our corporate headquarters and, thus, also the headquarters of the NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT holding company because we wanted to send a clear signal that the NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT Group has its decision-making center in Saxony."

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The factory of the future is already up and running in Saxony. - The "E3 Research Factory Resource-efficient Production" in Chemnitz

The factory of the future is already up and running in Saxony. In the sectors Powertrain, Car Body Construction, and Energy Management 2.0, the scientists in the »E3 Research Factory Resource-efficient Production« of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU Chemnitz are working on solutions for the production technology of tomorrow. Towards this end, the three »E«s stand for energy and resource efficiency in production through the development of new machines and technologies, for the concept of an emission-neutral factory as well as for rethinking the integration of people into the manufacturing process.

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