AUTO! - Drive and Exhaust Technologies

Saxony is a competence center for the development of alternative drive and propulsion as well as exhaust technologies. A well-positioned supply industry catering to the automobile sector and the electrical industry manufactures, for example, powertrain components, exhaust systems, batteries as well as power electronics.

Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, Engine Plant Chemnitz

Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH’s Engine Plant Chemnitz supplies the vehicle factories of the Volkswagen Group with modern gasoline engines and components. The daily capacity amounts to 3,000 engines. Balance shafts for diesel engines and integrated valve train modules are also produced in Chemnitz.

The factory once again demonstrated its pioneering role and technological leadership in start up management as well as product and process innovations just recently during the introduction of a new engine generation. Chemnitz has become the exclusive site to produce the efficient three and four cylinder gasoline engines of the EA 211 model series.

The plant is also a competence center for further innovations. Together with partners from the region, the team has designed a light, emission-saving, integrated valve train module for which it also developed a new, efficient assembly procedure. This innovation was rolled out from Chemnitz to other engine-manufacturing locations of the Volkswagen Group.

The production processes in the Engine Plant Chemnitz are defined by high tech processing centers, technically sophisticated and complex assembly lines as well as state of the art test centers and a superbly educated and trained staff. With a new, professional maintenance and service concept, systems for human-robot cooperation, and other flexible assembly technologies, Chemnitz is one of the leading global engine production sites.

In der Fertigung im Chemnitzer Motorenwerk der Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH

Source: Volkswagen AG

Mitarbeiter bei Continental Automotive in Limbach-Oberfrohna mit Piezo-Injektoren

Source: Continental AG


Since 2000, the Continental Automotive GmbH has been producing piezo injectors in Limbach-Oberfrohna with a rapid and precise technology that has revolutionized common rail injection systems. The production site in Saxony is the lead plant for this ultramodern technology within the entire corporate group. In order to maintain their innovative edge, the engineers in the Limbach-Oberfrohna technology center develop production technologies and systems for new generations of piezo injectors together with regional research facilities.


The popular development service provider FES GmbH Fahrzeug- Entwicklung Sachsen from Zwickau has translated its excellent performance in the e-mobility sector into a demonstrator vehicle based on an Audi R8 sports car. In cooperation with the Zwickau University of Applied Sciences (WHZ), the company has implemented all elements needed for the development of the complete vehicle which is propelled by four individual motors located near the wheels, ranging from the conceptual design of the electric drive system to the selection and integration of components all the way to the construction and testing of prototypes including the complete engineering of the driving dynamics. 

CLARIOS Group, Zwickau site

Since May 1, 2019, the former Johnson Controls Power Solutions division has been operating as a new company under the name CLARIOS. This includes the world’s largest production plant for AGM batteries in Zwickau (until 2019: Johnson Controls Sachsen-Batterien GmbH & Co. KG). The annual production capacity of the plant amounts to more than six million batteries. AGM batteries are used, for example, in start-stop systems of modern vehicles to help further reduce fuel consumption.

Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Accumotive in Kamenz

Source: Daimler AG


When it comes to high power batteries for alternative drives, the Daimler AG Group focuses on „Autoland Saxony.“ In its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH & Co. KG, the company continues to expand its production capacities for lithium-ion batteries. Systems for the hybrid models and the fully electric vehicles of the automobile group are produced at the Kamenz production site.

Öldruckschalter-Sortiment, FEP Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG

Source: FEP Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG


Every year, the FEP Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG delivers about 20 million oil pressure switches in various types and forms to the international automobile industry; thus, maintaining a top position in this sector. And with its other products such as electric plug-in connectors, lamp sockets, cable routings, contact systems and housings for electronic assemblies as well as pressure and temperature sensors, the company is one of the leading global providers in the vehicle electronics sector.


In autumn 2018, the Japanese semiconductor group Renesas Electronics Corporation took acquired the Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI). Steeped in tradition, the company is a leading global developer of energy-efficient analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the automotive, medical, and consumer goods markets as well as for industrial automation. One of the company’s exemplary products is an intelligent microchip which is able to save energy by systematically monitoring the charging and/or discharging process of lithium-ion batteries; thus, also extending the batteries’ life cycle.

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Fertigung „staxera“- Brennstoffzellen bei sunfire in Dresden

Source: sunfire GmbH


Just recently, the Dresden-based sunfire GmbH was admitted to the „Global Cleantech 100“ list which makes it one of the most important cleantech enterprises around the globe. The company is a pioneer, for example, in the production of alternative fuels. sunfire’s innovative power-to-liquids technology transforms water and carbon dioxide into high-purity synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels with the help of regeneratively produced electricity. The prerequisites for industrial production are created in a globally unique demonstration rig in Dresden.

Furthermore, the company develops and produces the efficient „staxera“ SOFC high-temperature fuel cells for the conversion of liquid and gaseous fuels into electricity and heat (gas-to-power).

Mitarbeiter von Eberspächer in der Produktion in Wilsdruff

Source: Eberspächer


Every second new truck on Europe’s roads has an exhaust system made in Saxony. The Eberspächer Exhaust Technology Wilsdruff GmbH & Co. KG produces exhaust systems for utility vehicles according to the Euro 6 emission standard in the immediate vicinity of Dresden. The factory of the Eberspächer Group from Baden-Württemberg has highly automated production facilities which can be flexibly aligned to meet specific production requirements. 


The AB Elektronik Sachsen GmbH from Klingenberg develops and produces pressure and temperature sensors for customer-specific applications and is an approved partner of renowned motor vehicle manufacturers particularly in the exhaust management and power train control sectors. The production site in Saxony is a competence center for sensor technology within its British parent company TT electronics. 

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