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The metal and electrical industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg

The metal and electrical industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg generates a turnover of more than 200 billion Euros a year (2008) in approx. 5,000 establishments with a total of over 880,000 employees. The companies generate most of this turnover by manufacturing capital goods. More than a half of products and services are exported.

The M+E industry is largely made up of small and medium-sized enterprises. Over two thirds of the companies employ fewer than 100 staff; only six percent have a workforce of over 500. The largest M+E sectors are mechanical engineering, the automotive industry, electrical engineering, metalworking and the precision mechanics/optics/clocks sector. The number of permanent jobs rose by about 50,000 during the recent cyclical upswing between 2006 and 2008. As a result, the number of people working in the M+E industry is now again higher than it was more than 10 years ago.

Success factors of the German metal and electrical industry

The decisive factor determining the strong position of M+E companies in the world market is their high level of productivity, continuous innovations and well-qualified staff. The M+E industry is characterized by networks of suppliers and producers of different sizes from different sectors – and sometimes located in different countries. German M+E companies have holdings in over 4000 companies abroad employing approx. 1.3 million employees. Spreading the value chain worldwide secures competitive advantages, which also benefit the German locations.

Südwestmetall
Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e. V.

Löffelstraße 22–24
70597 Stuttgart
Postfach 70 05 01
70574 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 (0)711 7682-0
Fax +49 (0)711 7651675
E-Mail: info(at)suedwestmetall.de

URL: http://en.suedwestmetall.de/SWM/web.nsf/id/pa_en_our_industry.html
Datum: 19.9.2018

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