Machinery for the global production system
Since industrialisation, Leipzig has been world-famous for its mechanical engineering and automotive manufacturing and renowned as a global leader for its printing and book-binding machines. Rotary spindle machines, aircraft, even cableways such as the one at Table Mountain in Cape Town came from Leipzig. After the industrial rejuvenation only a few companies were able to hold their own, but they are among the leading manufacturers in their field. Kirow-Ardelt manufactures railway slewing cranes that move the heaviest loads around the world. Schaudt-Mikrosa, a manufacturer of grinding machines, relocated its entire production to Leipzig in 2010. Siemens AG produces turbo compressors for the energy industry here. In the supplier sector, foundries specialising in the automotive industry such as Halberg Guss, Georg Fischer or Hartmetallguss Bösdorf employ more than 3,000 people and have been able to significantly expand their production in the last few years. Georg Fischer and Halberg Guss are active internationally and across sectors.
Leipzig Trade Fair hosts two prestigious specialist fairs, intec (manufacturing technology, machine tool building and special engineering) as well as Z (supplier industry) which is a marketing platform with a distinctly national and international orientation. Moreover, there are collaborations with the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, which offers courses in automation technology.
The Gießereinetzwerk Leipzig is considered an innovation forum in the foundry industry in the Region of Leipzig. It focuses on the sector’s prestigious lines of development and further enhances them by applying technological advances. Developing the processes, materials and products in the area of castings represents a huge challenge and excellent collaboration possibilities between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research facilities and universities.