are it's vibrant industrial branches. Already in the 18th century, the Industrial Age began in Saxony with the founding of the first machine construction companies. The region, thus, headed the field on the European mainland. The first locomotive to be designed and engineered in Germany, the first sixcylinder engine, the centrally positioned gearshift lever in automobiles – all of these pioneering innovations come from Saxony.
Industrial branches continue to contribute towards Saxony’s value creation today. The branches which define the infrastructure are the automobile industry, machine and plant construction as well as the microelectronics / ICT sector.