AUTO! - Production Technologies

Saxony is the cradle of German machine construction. For more than 200 years now, machines and production systems of world renown and repute have been coming from this region. This unique and exceptional tradition also benefits global automobile groups in the business location Saxony.


Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH’s Schwarzenberg production site is a leading manufacturer of large-scale tools for car body construction. The engineers and skilled workers successfully manage the entire process chain for the development and production of complex cutting and forming tools in the most diverse material qualities. In addition to various steels, a primary focus is also on such lightweight construction materials as, for example, aluminum and composites. The toolmakers from Schwarzenberg specialize in large-scale tools for floor panels and complete sidewall and bodyshell components. A real masterpiece is, for example, the aluminum forming of a passenger car bodyshell component in one piece.

In der Fertigung bei Porsche Werkzeugbau in Schwarzenberg

Source: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

CNC-Fräszentrum, ACTech GmbH, Freiberg

Source: ACTech GmbH


With its globally patented procedure for the rapid production of sand casting molds, the laser sintering of Croning® molding material, the Freiberg-based ACTech GmbH revolutionized the rapid prototyping of fully functional castings already in 1995, the year of its founding. By combining various technologies, the leading developer and manufacturer of casting prototypes achieves time and cost savings of up to 80 percent when compared to conventional procedures.

Dichtschweißen von prismatischen Zelldosen mit TK SY-Laserschweißkopf, ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH, Batterie-Technikum Pleißa bei Chemnitz

Source: ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH


Production technology for lithium-ion batteries is one of the key research and development activities of the plant construction specialist ThyssenKrupp System Engineering GmbH today. In a battery technology center in Pleißa near Chemnitz specialists develop and test assembly systems for the production of cells and batteries. Their objective is a resource-efficient and modular plant technology which helps reduce production costs and increase the quality of lithium-ion batteries. For example, BMW already produces the batteries for its BMW i3 from Leipzig on assembly lines made by ThyssenKrupp.

Mitarbeiter von AWEBA in der Produktion

Source: AWEBA


Since April 2016, the AWEBA Group has been integrated into the Schuler AG from Baden-Wurttemberg - a global leader in forming technology. The sites in Saxony - AWEBA Werkzeugbau GmbH Aue, WVL Werkzeug- und Vorrichtungsbau Lichtenstein GmbH in St. Egidien and ATF Auer Teilefertigung GmbH - master a number of globally unique tool and die technologies – for example, for the mass production of magnesium components straight from the coil on production presses – and provides all tool variants for the production of rotor and stator sheet packages which are used for the construction of electric engines and motors. The company also has a unique selling proposition when it comes to tools for high precision transmission components which combine both forming and fine blanking in one toolkit. The company, thus, actively supports the automobile manufacturers in the core topics lightweight construction and electrification of the powertrain.

Source: Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna GmbH

Source: Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna GmbH

Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna GmbH

The excellent technological expertise of the Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna GmbH was acknowledged with the „Volkswagen Group Award“. The expert for special-purpose machinery and industrial plants with a special focus on assembly, handling, and testing technology received the award in the category „Innovations.“ The company was, above all, honored as a development partner for the assembly of an integrated valve train module and for the reliable support of its worldwide rollout. Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna has also made a vital contribution towards safeguarding the assembly of powertrains for the VW e-up!2 and e-Golf3 models.

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.


Since 1990, the Dresden-based XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH has delivered more than 1,200 machines to its customers around the globe. The company develops and builds customized machinery and systems for the automation of production processes. Sophisticated, fully automatic assembly and test lines designed to automate mass production in the automobile industry – for example, for the production of sensors, mechatronic components, or plug-in connectors – represent the largest share of XENON’s turnover.

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