“The regional economy has long realised that environmentally-aware production, social responsibility, and economic success go hand in hand.”
Dr. Walter Rogg
The Stuttgart region –
one of the strongest business locations in Europe is committed to sustainability
About 2.7 million inhabitants from 170 nations live and work in the Stuttgart region. The state capital and the five surrounding administrative districts form a tightly-meshed metropolitan region – one of the most innovative and strongest business locations in Europe. The economic power of our region is greater than that of many an EU state. And this is true in a lovely area, in an environment of tolerance and openness, with very high leisure-time value. The region owes its dynamic economic success to the dynamism and inventiveness of its people. Almost a quarter of the workforce is employed in high-technology sectors; more than six per cent of total business revenues flow into research and development. The region has already far surpassed the EU goal of increasing Europe-wide research intensity by three per cent. The focus of research and development in the region includes industrial high-tech innovations, automotive and mechanical engineering, and textile and aerospace technology. Attention is concentrated â€¨on making future products intelligent and efficient. Many companies in the Stuttgart region set new standards for a resource-friendly future, for instance in the growing fields of environmental and energy technology and innovative mobility concepts. The regional economy has long since recognised that environmentally conscious production, social responsibility and economic success go hand in hand. The small and medium-sized companies in the region profit from the spatial proximity to a multitude of research facilities. Short travel times facilitate access to the latest research results as well as to the best specialists. Everyone receives support from regional economic promotions and their technology-oriented networks. We promote new cooperation models, provide for a lively exchange between the economy and research facilities and assist companies in rapidly translating good ideas into good products. Moreover, our new University and Research Region Stuttgart initiative contributes by making the qualities of our research location better known on an international scale.
Dr. Walter Rogg, Managing Director of
Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS)
Boeblingen – Think tanks for the automobile and IT sector
Thanks to its high technological performance capability and well-educated â€¨specialists, the Boeblingen district is one of the strongest counties in Germany with regard to innovation. In particular the automotive industry, with its supplier companies and the IT sector, has shaped the industrial structure of the district for decades. The trademark vehicles Mercedes-Benz and Maybach are built in the Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen, the largest production plant of Daimler AG. In conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center, the central research and development centre of Daimler AG, the factory in Sindelfingen forms a central technology, research and production site. Everything in the Porsche development centre in Weissach also revolves around innovations. The worldwide development projects of the sports car manufacturer are determined here.
Additional highlights are the German headquarters of IBM in Ehningen and the IBM research and development centre in Boeblingen, one of the largest development centres of this technology company worldwide. Not far away, Hewlett-Packard is working on solutions for IT infrastructure. With this innovative strength, the district enhances its top position as a high-tech location with a skilled workforce of thousands in the automotive and IT industries.
Ludwigsburg district – prominent in film and media
The district of Ludwigsburg is an economically strong business location which provides attractive, highly qualified jobs in leading industrial and commercial enterprises, with an emphasis on mechanical engineering, the automotive industry and electrotechnology. Apart from numerous medium-sized companies, the area also includes world-renowned corporations such as Bosch, Porsche, Trumpf and â€¨Mercedes-AMG. In addition, the district has grown into a popular location for many other high-tech companies and financial service providers, and become a centre for film and media professionals.
Specialised companies active in the fields of film, postproduction, advertising, â€¨music, printing and publishing have their headquarters here, turning Ludwigsburg into a vibrant centre for film and media in the region. The prominent Film â€¨Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg was built in 1991. The Film and Media Centre with the connected Founders’ Centre building was built in 1998. The German Business Film Prize and International Design Prize of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg are annually awarded in Ludwigsburg. The German documentary film prize is conferred within the scope of the industry get-together “Dokville” every two years.
Rems-Murr district – concentrated competence in speciality machinery and satellite communications
As the home of internationally renowned, medium-sized, family-owned enterprises such as Stihl or Kaercher, and the location of international companies such as Bosch, TRW or Tesat Spacecom, the Rems-Murr district is one of the strongest economic areas in the state. The leading sectors of mechanical engineering and electrotechnology, telecommunications, the automobile supplier industry, and control and supply technology with its pronounced export orientation are of outstanding significance. Associated with the commercial main focus areas in the district, three competence centres with company networks of together more than 160 members arose from business, research, colleges and associations. The Virtual Dimension Center Fellbach VDC is a network of virtual engineering technologies especially for automotive development, machinery and plant engineering, architecture as well as the construction industry. Companies in the leading sector of packaging and automation technology find a competent contact party in the Packaging Excellence Center PEC in Waiblingen. The latest member in the circle of competence centres is the German Centre for Satellite Communications (DeSK) in Backnang, founded in 2008. Companies in the satellite communications sector concentrate their expert knowledge and underscore the competencies of the location. Within the Stuttgart region, the Rems-Murr district is furthermore a leading destination for local recreation-seekers and short holiday makers, and counts more than two million day-trippers per year. The Remstal is moreover one of the most important wine cultivation regions in Wuerttemberg, home to numerous wine-growers and wineries.
The Esslingen district – cradle of mechanical engineering, vehicle construction and the electrical industry
The Esslingen district is the economic heart of mechanical engineering in the Stuttgart region. Thirty-two per cent of the revenue of the Stuttgart metropolitan area in this sector is earned in the Esslingen district. The great mechanical engineering companies here are all global players: more than half of the business is carried out abroad. The manufacture of machine tools, especially for metalworking, is a special strength of this economic area. Heller and Index both have an excellent reputation everywhere in the world and are known for outstanding quality as well as great innovative capability. Festo is prominent and innovative worldwide in pneumatic and automation technology. Vehicle manufacturing is represented by a multitude of suppliers. Also electrotechnology and IT count among the key sectors. The companies acquire their workforce from a dense network of educational establishments. The Esslingen College and the College for Economy and Environment Nuertingen-Geislingen regularly achieve top rankings in leading business magazines. Apart from these hard location factors, the district also has a multitude of possibilities in the touristic and cultural sector at its disposal. About 48 per cent of the district area is under nature and landscape protection. Numerous medieval townscapes as well as the extensive meadow orchards and castles visible from afar invite visitors to linger on the Swabian Alb biosphere preserve, distinguished with the UNESCO label.
Goeppingen district – economy and nature in harmony
The economy has always played a special role in the Goeppingen district. It is shaped on the one hand by richly traditional global players such as Allgaier, â€¨Maerklin, Schuler Pressen and WMF, and on the other hand by medium-sized mechanical engineering and innovative technology and service-oriented companies.
In addition, the area offers an intact and attractive landscape with high leisure-time value. The first public golf course in Baden-Wuerttemberg was established here, there are many bicycle, Nordic walking and mountain bike routes and additional natural as well as historical special features. Another main focus of the district lies in the competence of companies in the health sector. There are various rehabilitation clinics and spas, recreational facilities as well as companies producing natural medications and pharma-ceuticals.
Future-oriented topics are addressed and resources bundled in the local colleges in Goeppingen and Geislingen as well as at the Steinbeis Transfer Center – among others for logistics, factory planning and microelectronics. The technical colleges and various companies join forces to offer cooperative study courses, making the Goeppingen district an insider tip for expanding companies. Competence networks for mechatronics and the health sector have been established. This topical orientation is unique in the region and very significant for the economic development potential of the district.
Research combustion chamber for synthetic gases at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)