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Engineering

As one of the core sectors of Berlin’s industry, mechanical engineering applies the latest technologies and is the world market leader in a number of segments.

Germany’s largest elevator/escalator manufacturers are represented in the capital. Like the electrical industry, the mechanical engineering sector is also greatly shaped by environmental and energy technologies, with core strengths in gas turbines and turbine engineering. Siemens produces gas turbines and centrifugal compressors in Berlin that are among the largest and most powerful in the world. The largest mobile lathe for repairing turbine equipment is being developed in Berlin.

Science and industry have successfully joined forces in the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster Life Cycle Engineering for Turbine Technology. Research institutions and industry partners from the Berlin-Brandenburg region are working to meet future challenges in environmental compatibility, economic efficiency and flight safety.

Why Berlin?

„Berlin: It is a prestigious location for our Chinese parent company and offers many outstanding contacts. Our young engineers find a superb environment full of innovation and inspiration, while HAWE InLine experiences a rich tradition of mechanical engineering that it seeks to emulate.“

Andreas Gonschior
Andreas GonschiorChief Executive HAWE InLine Hydraulik GmbH

Facts and figures at a glance

  • Around 150 mechanical engineering companies
    (including companies that manufacture computers and electronic and optical products)
  • Around 22,000 employees subject to social insurance (companies > 20 employees)
  • Roughly € 4.8 billion revenue
  • Main areas: gas turbine and turbo machinery, lifting and transport devices, pumps and compressors, measurement and control technology and medical technology

(Sources: Federal Statistics Office, State Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Employment Office, 2016)

In addition, mechanical engineering also plays an important role in the health industrytransport, mobility and logistics, as well as in optics. Expertise in special-purpose machinery is applied for example in optics and microsystem technology.

Hardly any other sector can point to a similar intensity of research and development. Berlin companies have disproportionately increased their investment expenditure in recent years compared with the German average. The share of revenue generated by Berlin companies with new products ranges significantly above the national average, clearly illustrating that the options for interdisciplinary collaboration in particular make Berlin an attractive location for visionary ideas.

In this respect, the companies benefit from the strong tradition of technical apprenticeships and the outstanding academic and research communities. TU Berlin and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in particular are strong R&D partners for the commercial sector.

Moreover, Berlin’s mechanical engineering firms place their trust in the powerful innovation and creativeness of the young and dynamic startup scene.
Besides startups, development and technology centers belonging to major companies are increasingly coming to Berlin to benefit from the city’s interdisciplinary and international environment.

There are currently around 15,000 students reading mechanical engineering and process engineering in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Foreign students and academics perceive the German capital as one of the most popular university locations worldwide. The city on the Spree also attracts highly qualified experts – from all-rounders to specialists.

    Scientific Environment

    Dense network for research and development

    The sector is characterized by a close connection to institutions of higher education and research locations.

    • Technische Universität Berlin (TU), Department of Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF)
      www.iwf.tu-berlin.de
    • Technische Universität Berlin (TU), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems
      www.vm.tu-berlin.de
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)
      www.ipk.fraunhofer.de
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM)
      www.izm.fraunhofer.de
    • University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Department 2 – Engineering - Technics and Life
      www.f2.htw-berlin.de
    • Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Department VIII – Mechanical Engineering, Event Technology, Process Engineering
      www.beuth-hochschule.de/viii
    • Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, Department 3 – Mechanical Engineering, Electromechanical Systems, Energy Systems
      www.b-tu.de/fakultaet3
    • Pantha Rhei (Interdisciplinary Research Center for Lightweight Materials)
      www.b-tu.de/pantarhei-cottbus
    • GSI - Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International mbH, subsidiary SLV Berlin-Brandenburg
      www.slv-bb.de

    Networks, initiatives and associations

    Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. – German Engineering Federation

    The Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. – German Engineering Federation (VDMA) represents more than 3,100 predominantly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry and is thus one of the largest industry associations in Europe. The regional agency in Eastern Germany VDMA Ost is also responsible for the federal state of Berlin.
    www.vdma.org bzw. Landesverband Ost ost.vdma.org
     

    VDI BV Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

    The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is the voice of engineers and technology. With its almost 150,000 members nationwide, the VDI is Europe’s largest technical-scientific association. The district association Berlin-Brandenburg is one of VDI’s 45 district associations. In its region, it is responsible for the support of roundabout 6,000 members and everyone interested in technology.
    www.vdi-bb.de


    profil.metall - Steel and Metalworking Network in Brandenburg and Berlin within the common task “Improvement of regional economic structure” (GRW)

    Being a cross-state network, profil.metall has been supporting the profiling of steel and metalworking in Berlin and Brandenburg. The network is funded and coordinated by the IMU-Institute Berlin. profil.metall is based on four regional networks of the metal industry combining more than 100 companies and works closely together with various universities and scientific institutions. The network provides support to its members in terms of establishing contact, penetrating markets, public relations and lobby work, projects (regional and cross-regional cooperation), technology transfer and securing skilled personnel as well as internationalization projects. The companies of the network are developing joint solutions in the fields of lightweight steel construction using new materials, processing technologies involving joining technology and surface treatment, a range of systems in plant manufacturing, tank construction, valve construction and modern energy technology methods.
    www.profil-metall.de
     

    ME-Network - Network of the Metal and Electrical Industry

    The ME-Network is a platform for the information and experience exchange between the companies of the metal and electrical industry in Berlin and Brandenburg. The ME-Network is an initiative of the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry in Berlin and Brandenburg (VME). It has been initiated in 2007 within the scope of the cluster strategy of the state of Brandenburg.
    www.me-netzwerk.de
     

    Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry in Berlin and Brandenburg

    The Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry in Berlin and Brandenburg (VME) is the voluntary and solidary consolidation of companies of the largest industry sector in the common economic space Berlin-Brandenburg. Its members belong to the following sectors: automobile industry and manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock, mechanical and plant engineering, energy technology, medical technology, electrical engineering and electronics, aerospace industry, metalworking and processing, fine mechanics and photonics.
    www.vme-net.de
     

    Technologiekreis Adlershof e.V.

    The Technologiekreis Adlershof e.V. is an interest group and advocacy for the technology-oriented enterprises located at the science, business and media location Adlershof.
    www.tk-adlershof.de
     

    German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM)

    The German Association for Materials Research and Testing is putting emphasis on the promotion of cross-sector knowledge transfer in the fields of material science, material and component testing.
    www.dvm-berlin.de