From A like alternator to Z like Z-axle, Saxony’s enterprises and institutions working on behalf of the automobile industry are capable of developing and manufacturing all the components and parts required for a vehicle as well as the requisite production equipment.
Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS)
"Autoland Saxony" at a Glance
Motor vehicles made in „Autoland Saxony“ have been providing people with mobility for more than 100 years now. It was here that such innovations as the first mass-produced left-hand drive and frontwheel drive began their international success story. With five vehicle and engine plants operated by Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW as well as about 780 branch suppliers, equipment and service providers, Saxony is one of Germany’s top auto locations today. Approximately every eigthth car built in Germany comes from Saxony.
The automobile industry is also the driving force of Saxony’s manufacturing industry. Its approximately 95,000 employees, of whom more than 80 % work in the supply industry, generate more than one quarter of Saxony’s industrial production. From A like alternator to Z like Z-axle, automotive suppliers in Saxony are capable of developing and manufacturing virtually all the components and parts required for a vehicle as well as the requisite production equipment.
Saxony is also in the „pole position“ of the second automobile revolution. Today’s innovative fields are modern hybrid and electric mobility solutions, developments for autonomous driving, lightweight construction in an efficient material mix, resource-efficient production technologies as well as new traffic concepts and solutions. In these fields, industry and research work hand-in-hand and advance solutions for sustainable mobility.
Map "Automotive Industry in Saxony" - Company Logos of Selected Firms
With five sites of BMW, Porsche, and Volkswagen as well as approximately 780 suppliers, equipment and service providers of the industry sector, “Autoland Saxony” is one of the top locations in Germany.
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HZwo Network - Helping Fuel Cell Drive Systems Achieve the Breakthrough
Many German universities and institutes are researching alternative drive systems in order to achieve economically and ecologically viable mobility. When breaking the topic down to the level of fuel cell drive systems and powertrains, then only a few institutions remain. Chemnitz University of Technology is one of them. It is here where Prof. Dr. Thomas von Unwerth established the Professorship of Advanced Powertrains in 2010 and put the topic hydrogen fuel cell drive systems into the focus of research. At that time he could already look back on a decade of experience in this field. He earned this competence in the corporate research of Volkswagen and while working, for example, also on the creation of a fuel cell vehicle fleet for the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.