Number of companies in the Automotive and Suppliers Cluster
Source: Statistical Office of the city of Leipzig. Calculations by Leipzig Office for Economic Development
Selected automotive companies
BMW Leipzig: Pioneering electromobility
The BMW Group's car plant in Leipzig continues to operate at full throttle, with output of traditional vehicles now running at full capacity of up to 860 vehicles daily. They're joined by over 120 electric vehicles: BMW i3s and i8s. In 2016, the plant turned out 246,550 cars, more than ever before. Seven BMW models are currently produced in Leipzig: BMW 1 Series (five-door hatchback); BMW 2 Series Coupé, Convertible and Active Tourer; BMW M2; BMW i3 and i8.
Cars in the BMW 1 and 2 Series are custom-built to each buyer's specification on the same production line. They include a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. In addition to being one of the most flexible car factories in the world, the BMW Group's Leipzig plant is pioneering electromobility as the production centre for BMW's electric models. Moreover, with the BMW i3 and i8 being the first mass-produced cars in the world to use CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic), the plant leads the world in smart lightweight construction. All in all, the BMW Group has invested over 2 billion Euro in its Leipzig plant.
Porsche celebrates 15 years of car production in Leipzig
In 2017, high-performance sports car and SUV specialist Porsche is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary of car manufacture in Leipzig. Its factory opened in 2002 as an assembly plant with 250 employees and has been continuously expanded ever since. From 2011 to 2013, it was finally transformed into a fully-fledged manufacturing plant. The 4,200-strong workforce now turns out 650 vehicles in premium quality every day - and in 2016, over 158,000 Porsches rolled off the production line.
Focus on sustainability: Dedication to the environment, sport, the arts and social affairs
Porsche is responsible for wildlife conservation near one of the most advanced car plants in the world. In 2017, it demonstrated its commitment to the environment by settling 1.5 million honey bees on the factory grounds. In addition, Porsche aids local causes, including as a youth support partner at football club RB Leipzig, a global partner of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and a presenter of the annual Leipzig Opera Ball.
Suppliers keep pace with OEMs
Leesys: Reliable, compelling, powerful
Leesys's expertise backed up by nearly a century of experience fronts the development and production of high-quality electronic assemblies and plastic components as well as device and system assembly, all under one roof. As a system contractor for electronic manufacturing services, Leesys has first-class references in the fields of automotive, medical technology, telecoms, industrial electronics and smart home. Its watchword is reliable hardware for reliable communication.
Georg Fischer GmbH: Adding quality to people's lives
This Leipzig foundry owned by the Swiss Georg Fischer AG is doing brisk business. Working at the biggest automatic moulding plant in Europe, the some 300 members of staff produce cast components weighing from 70 to 1,200 kilogramme. They're used in heavy machinery, forestry and agriculture, large engines, commercial vehicles and wind turbines. The Leipzig site is also securing its longterm future by tapping new business segments such as solar thermal energy. Building on its reputation as an outstanding development partner, Georg Fischer Leipzig is now moving into bionic cast design. The use and development of new materials and technologies, such as by establishing a centre of excellence for core printing technology, underline its position as a long-term, valued partner for clients in Germany and abroad.
EMAG Leipzig: A proud heritage
EMAG Leipzig Maschinenfabrik GmbH is part of the EMAG Group, one of the world's leading corporations in the machine tool industry. EMAG develops manufacturing systems for the complete production of strategic components. The company's experts specializing in large components - from pipe machining for the oil industry to the machining of complex workpieces for automotive OEMs, aerospace companies, the railway industry and other engineering companies - are based in Leipzig. Innovations developed in the Leipzig region include EMAG's VMC MT series, whose five axes speed up the production of large, complex components.
NZWL shifts into top gear
Neue ZWL Zahnradwerk Leipzig GmbH is an international manufacturer of engine and transmission components, gears, gear assemblies and fully assembled gearboxes for the automotive industry - and is developing into a global supplier.
This medium-sized OEM, which until now has largely generated business with products for German vehicle manufacturers, has evolved into an acclaimed partner. NZWL's products are mainly used in small and mid-range cars, premium vehicles, minibuses, vans and SUVs. One of its most important product groups is synchronizing components for dual-clutch gearboxes.
The company's headquarters is in Leipzig. Under its globalization strategy, it acquired a production plant in the Slovak town of Sučany in 2008 and another in Tianjin in China in 2014. Nowadays, NZWL employs nearly 1,000 people.
Bringing its extensive manufacturing expertise to bear, NZWL supports its clients all the way from prototype development. Moreover, NZWL has at its disposal all the relevant production technologies including heat treatment, enabling it to offer streamlined solutions relatively quickly.
Source: Leipzig Means Business 2017