Mechanical and plant engineering

Niedersachsen's engineers succeed through their wide product spectrum, designed and built to each client's requirements.

Specialised – and successful

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with their highly specialised and excellently trained engineers and skilled workers shape Niedersachsen's client- and service-oriented engineering profile. Compared with Germany as a whole, the number of engineering enterprises is average, but our history and landscape mean that the region's mechanical and plant engineers are particularly in demand for specialised solutions and for specific sectors' needs.

  • 13 bn € turnover
  • 60% export quota
  • 60,500 workers
  • 445 companies

Cutting-edge machinery – made to measure

Niedersachsen’s food, automobile and components, and maritime industries are the flagships of the state’s economy – and in the diverse regions of the State, modern high-capacity mechanical and plant engineering companies have responded to their requirements and risen to the top of their fields. For the food industry, engineers’ innovative skills have developed machinery and plant for animal and plant produce. Southwest Niedersachsen is home to agricultural machinery manufacturers such as KRONE, GRIMME, CLAAS and AMAZONE. Portioning and packaging machine manufacturers for consumer goods and food products have settled along the main transport axes to build special machinery. The maritime industry and the on- and offshore wind power industry are also served from far inland by component suppliers. Whether ultra-modern marine transmissions from Hameln, or grabs and container spreaders for freighters from Salzgitter – Niedersachsen’s engineering companies are ready and willing to deliver anytime, anywhere. Other sectors, such as raw materials (gas, oil, geothermal) exploration companies focused around Celle, or specialists for plastics and rubber processing machines are highlights of Niedersachsen’s manufacturing tradition. Cutting-edge tech. enterprises in electronics, laser and nanotechnology are also leading members of Niedersachsen’s engineering community.

Diverse funding and subsidy opportunities

The Niedersachsen State Government supports these modern, competitive key industries with its visionary technology and industry policies and funding for universities, colleges and training. Further support goes to projects such as the IDEEN-EXPO and trade fairs. Developments in pioneer technologies are also supported by the State Government jointly with professional associations, the German Federal Government and the EU.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is one of Niedersachsen’s mechanical and plant engineering sector’s key themes for the future, first brought to public attention at Hannover Messe 2011 by ZVEI, BITKOM and VDMA. The third industrial revolution, shaped by new materials, robotics and centralised control systems, will be supplanted by the Internet of Things, based on cyber-physical systems – and Germany will play a crucial role in this. The strategy is being developed through further initiatives by Federal Government, the Industry Platform 4.0 and the State of Niedersachsen.

In 2015 Niedersachsen set up the first Kompetenzzentrum Mittelstand for SMEs, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs: in Hannover, companies can access information, training, ideas and opportunities to devise practical strategies for implementing Industry 4.0; expertise is made available in cooperation with institutes based at the Produktionstechnischen Zentrum Hannover (PZH) at Leibniz University Hannover, the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) and other partners. Through vanguard projects such as ‘Smart Factory’ Niedersachsen will support and co-create the industrial future of the economy, and especially that of mechanical and plant engineering.

In the mechanical and plant engineering sector, Niedersachsen has a highly sophisticated university and college community with strong traditions in Hannover, Braunschweig, Osnabrück, Clausthal and elsewhere. Visionaries such as Karl Karmarsch, founder of the scientific study of mechanical engineering in the Kingdom of Hannover, Ilse ter Meer, first female member of the Association of German Engineers and pioneer of women’s role in mechanical engineering, and many others established the foundations of a key innovative industry, which today ranks third after the food and automobile industries in Niedersachsen. Join us – on the journey into a thrilling and promising future!

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