Automotive & supplier industry

The future of mobility - made in Leipzig

Since Porsche and BMW settled here in 2000 and 2002, the Region of Leipzig has developed into an attractive location for the entire vehicle production value-added chain. These two premium manufacturers have repeatedly expanded their capacity in the north of the city within the past few years and their roughly 10,000 employees now produce approximately 1,500 vehicles per day in their state-of-the-art plants.

170 innovative suppliers from mechanical engineering and special machine construction, tool engineering, metalworking and material processing, electronics and IT have followed the large settlements and significantly contribute to the continuous growth of the industry with their innovation and services. The number of employees in the automobile and supplier industry has almost doubled since 2005.

The Region of Leipzig is thereby a key driver in the development of electromobility. BMW is producing its i3 and i8 electric vehicles for the first time in serial production here. The Leipzig BMW plant is considered one of the most sustainable automobile plants in the world and is among the global leaders in the areas of electromobility and intelligent lightweight construction with carbon. The City of Leipzig itself is promoting the use of electric vehicles and is also ensuring the expansion of the necessary infrastructure as part of new, intelligent traffic concepts.

16,655
employees
766
companies in the region
2 million
in annual revenue
10,000
available professionals
<10,000 m²
more than 100 available sites

Highly dynamic and perfectly situated – the economic Region of Leipzig

Hardly any other region in Europe has shown such a dynamic development like the Region of Leipzig in the past few years. 1.7 million people live here and the population as well as the number of new establishments and settlements is growing – for good reason.

The region offers its inhabitants a unique quality of life that effortlessly unites art, culture, nature and internationality. Companies profit from the region’s ideal location in the centre of Europe and the perfect logistics conditions thanks to Leipzig/Halle International Airport with its cargo loading and freight centre that operates around the clock. The traffic infrastructure is one of the most modern in Europe and connects the region with the entire world.

Logistics and 24/7 airport
Local value-added chain
Available sites for affordable prices
Well-trained specialists

Regional networks for the automobile and supplier industry

Research

Institutes such as the Frauenhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) or the Kunststoff-Zentrum (Plastics Centre) Leipzig are available as regional research partners and trendsetters for innovations in the automotive industry. The Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) researches, among other things, the areas of electromobility, energy efficiency and production technology. The Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) holds professorships for entrepreneurship and technology transfer as well as IT-supported logistics.

Networks

In the past few years, the Region of Leipzig has created optimal circumstances for the automotive industry within the framework of a cluster policy. A resilient regional network of producers, suppliers and research institutes creates valuable synergies and interesting collaboration opportunities. The players are interconnected with, among others, the Automotive Cluster of Eastern Germany (ACOD), the Automobile Vendors of Saxony (AMZ) and the Network of Automotive Plastics Technology Vendors in Saxony (AMZK).

Education

A number of technical degree programmes are offered at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) and the University of Leipzig, which are securing the specialists for tomorrow’s automotive industry. Among them are Industrial Engineering and Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Business Information Systems. Industry-specific majors and trainings can also be completed in the neighbouring cities of Dresden, Chemnitz and Halle/Saale.