MACHINE! - Machine Tools, Printing and Textile Machines

Saxony’s traditional strong points are toolmaking and the construction of printing and textile machines. The NILES-SIMMONS-Hegenscheidt Group is headquartered in Chemnitz. Such global players as Oerlikon Barmag or Koenig & Bauer are active here as well.

Mitarbeiter von NILES-SIMMONS in der Produktion in Chemnitz

Source: NILES-SIMMONS Industrieanlagen GmbH


Headquartered in Chemnitz, the German-US American NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT Group manufactures special-purpose machine tools and is one of the world’s 50 largest companies in this branch. NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT plans and implements, for example, complete manufacturing lines for the production of powertrain components as turnkey solutions for users. In July 2014, NILESSIMMONS was presented with the „Outstanding Supplier Award“ for the delivery of a complete, turnkey crankshaft production line on behalf of a Chinese joint venture of the Daimler Group.

The latest CNC machining centers of NILES-SIMMONS support the vision of the „smart factory“ with the help of a flexible combination of structural components and procedures.

Komplettbearbeitung von Zylinderkurbelgehäusen auf hochpräziser Technik von Heckert (Starrag GmbH Chemnitz)

Source: Starrag GmbH Chemnitz


Saxony’s industrial city of Chemnitz is considered to be the birthplace of German machine tool construction. It is also the location of the Starrag GmbH, product range Heckert. The company is  part of the globally active Swiss Starrag Group and a leading global provider of horizontal machining centers and technological production lines for milling, turning, and drilling.

CNC-Verzahnungswalzanlage Rollex HP von Profiroll aus Bad Düben

Source: Profiroll Technologies GmbH


Based in Bad Düben, the Profiroll Technologies GmbH stands for innovations in cold forming technology. The product portfolio encompasses machines, tools, and technologies for profile and thread rolling as well as for spline and ring rolling. Customers from the automobile, supply, linear technology, aircraft, roller bearing, energy technology, and connecting elements industries all benefit from the extensive experience and expertise of the machine tool manufacturer.


Precision portals in the XXL format are a specialty of Dresden’s MIKROMAT GmbH. This productive technology is used, for example, by customers in the aerospace industry and in the energy technology branch for the production of large-scale parts with the greatest precision. MIKROMAT thread grinding machines also prove their worth wherever precision and productivity are paramount, for example, in machine tool construction, medical technology, or the automobile industry. Another business segment deals with the development of specific technologies and the machining of parts for a wide range of customers.

Variante der mobilen Maschine PM1400 von Metrom aus Chemnitz zur Bearbeitung von Kraftwerksrotoren

Source: Metrom GmbH


Pioneering work in the development and construction of parallel kinematic machine tools is carried out by the Metrom GmbH located in Hartmannsdorf near Chemnitz. Its high precision, energy-efficient machines and systems have proven themselves, for example, in the automotive supply industry, in model and mold construction, in the aerospace industry as well as in energy technology. With the development of a mobile machine, Metrom has managed to occupy another niche. This small-scale and lightweight unit travels to significantly larger and heavier workpieces; thus, carrying out all machining steps with great precision on the customer’s premises. In addition to milling and turning, the company has also readied its machines for friction stir welding.


The Schaudt Mikrosa GmbH in Leipzig is a subsidiary of the Körber Group (Hamburg). MIKROSA stands for the development and production of centerless external grinding machines. The production site in Saxony possesses more than 60 years of knowledge and expertise in this sector. The technological and market leader is able to provide grinding applications ranging from the smallest jet needle all the way to large rail axles. SCHAUDT sets global standards in technology, precision, and quality when it comes to cylindrical, non-circular, and cam form grinding. The in-house knowledge and the production site of this grinding machine segment were relocated from Baden-Württemberg to Saxony in 2010 with the objective of creating synergies to benefit those customers who are found primarily in the automobile and automotive supply industries as well as in machine construction and roller bearing production.

In der Produktion bei KBA (Koenig & Bauer) in Radebeul

Source: Koenig & Bauer AG


The »set-up time world champions« in sheetfed offset printing come from Saxony. With its comprehensive product portfolio ranging from medium-size to super large formats, the KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG in Radebeul - the largest business unit of the Bavarian Koenig & Bauer AG Group - continuously introduces innovations to the market which provide better productivity, quality, upgrading, and environmental protection. The company’s profound knowledge and expertise make it one of the technological leaders for sheetfed offset printing presses. More than 80 percent of the machines are exported.


Multifunctional automatic die cutters and folding / gluing machines for the graphic industry are developed and manufactured by Dresden’s KAMA GmbH. KAMA machines for post-press processing and print finishing are used with great success in more than 60 countries.

Wintrax, der neue manuelle Spulkopf von Oerlikon Barmag aus Chemnitz für die Aufwicklung von Carbonfasern

Source: Oerlikon Barmag (Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG)

Oerlikon Barmag, a Business Unit of the Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG, Chemnitz site

Systems and components for filament production and processing are developed and manufactured at the Chemnitz site of Oerlikon Barmag, a Business Unit of the Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG. Its core competences include spinning and winding systems for mono and multi filaments with specific properties. For example, artificial turf for soccer stadiums around the globe is produced on the company’s monofilament extrusion systems. One of the latest innovations coming from Chemnitz is the WinTrax-A 2cop, an automatic two-thread winder for carbon fibers. Especially when it comes to the constantly increasing energy costs, multi-thread systems provide a considerable competitive edge.

Großrundstrickmaschine der Terrot GmbH aus Chemnitz

Source: Terrot GmbH


With technical competence and ceaseless innovations, the large-diameter circular knitting machines manufactured by the Chemnitz-based Terrot GmbH prove their worth around the globe. Virtually all products made by the more than 150 year old textile machine manufacturer are exported.


Warp knitting machines and stitch bonding machines for the production of technical textiles are developed and built by the KARL MAYER MALIMO Textilmaschinen GmbH in Chemnitz. The company continues the tradition of the MALIMO stitch bonding technology which was invented in Saxony. Today, it is the headquarters of the business unit Technical Textiles within the globally active KARL MAYER Group. Textile solutions which are used in vehicle construction, the construction industry, and energy technology can be realized with the machines made in Chemnitz. 

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