Knowledge clusters Munich

Automotive

Two global players, the BMW Group and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN, call Munich and the Munich Metropolitan Region home. They are joined by a network of countless suppliers, specialists, developers and service providers.

Info at a glance

  • one in four German cars is assembled in Bavaria
  • Munich's car manufacturing industry counts roughly 50.000 employees
  • Munich is one of eigeht model regions for electric mobility
  • digital proving ground for self-driving cars at the A9 between Munich and Nuremberg

 

Motor Town Munich – A Competency Cluster

Coveted and cared for they line the streets of Munich: High-performance saloon cars, spacious SUVs, snazzy convertibles and shiny motorbikes. The residents of Bavaria’s capital – gents and ladies alike – certainly have a passion for beautiful vehicles. Quite fittingly, the achievements of Munich’s automotive industry is part and parcel of the city’s economic success. In a geographically dense area, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research facilities create a true competency cluster.

Two global players, the BMW Group and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN, call Munich and the Munich Metropolitan Region home. They are joined by a network of countless suppliers, specialists, developers and service providers, including key enterprises such as F. X. Meiller, Denso Automotive, Magna Steyr, Knorr-Bremse, Osram, iwis, Webasto, Infineon, Assystem and ESG. The nearby city of Ingolstadt is home to AUDI AG, another globally renown automotive brand. Therefore it is hardly surprising that one in four German cars is assembled in Bavaria. Munich’s car manufacturing industry counts roughly 50,000 employees, generating a revenue of 3,913 billion euros with an export quota of over 80 percent in 2016.

 

Market Leaders and World-Class Research

To meet the challenges of the future, members of the automotive industry work in close collaboration with exemplary research partners among Munich’s universities, colleges and research centres. Munich can leverage the expertise of 14 highly esteemed universities and technical colleges, including the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), the Munich University of Applied Sciences and the Bundeswehr University Munich (a university of the German Federal Armed Forces). Several departments of the TUM contribute to the Science Centre for Electromobility, a research centre of the Munich School of Engineering.

In the north of Munich, the extension of the BMW Research and Innovation Centre (“FIZ Future”) broke ground in autumn 2017. The “FIZ” is already a globally renowned innovation hub with 26,000 employees. The current site will be augmented by 26 hectares, creating space for new administration, research and workshop facilities as well as test rigs and design studios. Until 2019, the extended research centre should be able to offer 5,000 new jobs.

 

Mobility of the Future

Initiated and backed by the state government, the Automotive Cluster with more than 600 companies and institutes from the automobile industry and other relevant fields of competence supports the consolidation of all innovative forces throughout Bavaria. It assesses topics of the future, assists in finding suitable business partners, organises support programmes and brings together regional, national and international leaders.

In addition, Munich is one of eight model regions for electric mobility. Together, the city’s municipal energy supplier SWM (Stadtwerke München), Siemens and the BMW Group are testing electric vehicles and setting up a network of charging stations. The City of Munich itself is equally promoting electric mobility with support programmes. Furthermore, SWM and the municipal transport services are gearing up to electrify their fleet.

Recent developments in the energy sector were presented in four distinct trade shows in 2018 marketed under the umbrella brand THE SMARTER E. The trade show, including the POWER2DRIVE EUROPE exhibition focussing on sustainable mobility solutions, is held every year at the Messe München fairground.

 

Self-Driving Car Technology

Anyone who has recently taken the A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg may have wondered what the new signs with geometrical symbols are for. Welcome to the digital proving ground for self-driving cars! In collaboration with BMW, Audi und Siemens, a segment of the A9 is being technically equipped to accommodate assistance systems and later even tests for fully automated cars. The aim is safe and unimpeded flow of traffic. Every year in autumn Messe München hosts the eMove360° Europe again, the world’s largest B2B trade fair for electric mobility and autonomous driving.

 

Past Congresses:

Power2Drive Europe | Interauto | EMove360° Europe

 

 

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Clusters Munich

Medicine

In all modesty, when it comes down to medicine, Munich is simply great.

In all modesty, when it comes down to medicine, Munich is simply great. In no other city in Germany are there so many scientists working on the development of new therapies and drugs and doing basic medical research.

Life Science

The Munich Metropolitan Region performs quite well in an intensified global competition.

The Munich Metropolitan Region performs quite well in an intensified global competition: In 2016, approximately 190 biotechnology companies with 12,000 employees and approximately 35 pharmaceutical companies with 8,000 employees had their registered seat in the Munich region, indirectly securing jobs of approximately 4,000 employees working with 80 subcontractors and service providers.

Science and research

Alone the presence of so many young people in the city is a clear indication that there are myriad university and non-university institutions for education and science in and around Munich.

Munich is a hive of research and teaching. Alone the presence of so many young people in the city is a clear indication that there are myriad university and non-university institutions for education and science in and around Munich. Add to this the numerous science-based companies who have their headquarters in the Isar metropolis.

Automotive

Two global players, the BMW Group and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN, call Munich and the Munich Metropolitan Region home.

Two global players, the BMW Group and commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN, call Munich and the Munich Metropolitan Region home. They are joined by a network of countless suppliers, specialists, developers and service providers.

Aerospace technology

The Munich region is one of the major locations for aerospace technology in Germany.

The Munich region is one of the major locations for aerospace technology in Germany and stands out through its extensive scope and depth of sectors. Companies and research institutions are active in aeronautics, space technology, and satellite navigation.

IT and communication

Of the European locations for information and communication technology, Munich is number one.

Of the European locations for information and communication technology, Munich is number one, ahead of metropolises like Paris and London.

Insurance and banking

Munich is Germany's number one location for insurance and is only second to Frankfurt for banking. Munich is even the global leader in reinsurance.

Munich is Germany's number one location for insurance and is only second to Frankfurt for banking. Munich is even the global leader in reinsurance.

Culture and creativity

Munich is the headquarters of leading German literary publishers.

Munich is the headquarters of leading German literary publishers; this is where the Süddeutsche Zeitung is printed, the daily newspaper with the highest circulation and probably the most renowned quality newspaper in Germany; the Munich film industry generates 18% of the German turnover; Munich is also a world-class musical and cultural city with award-winning orchestras, stages and museums.