The Automotive Cluster in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions The automotive cluster in Baden-Württemberg, Germany Introduction Profile of Baden-Württemberg Automotive industry in Germany Baden-Württemberg's automotive cluster Factor conditions Demand conditions Summary and future scenarios Bibliography This report is available in electronic format only Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, Ireland. - Tel: (+353 1) 204 31 00 - Fax: 282 42 09 / 282 64 56 email: - website: Introduction This report looks at the automotive industry cluster in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It begins with a short profile of Baden-Württemberg and the German automotive…show more content…
© European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2004 3 Baden-Württemberg is host to major car manufacturers, including prestigious brand names such as: Audi, which is based in Neckarsulm near Heilbronn (part of the Volkswagen group); Mercedes-Benz, which is based in Stuttgart (part of DaimlerChrysler); Porsche, which is based in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The region is also home to major manufacturers of heavy vehicles, agricultural vehicles, buses and other vehicles such as Kässbohrer, Neoplan, Iveco, John Deere, Evo Bus, and Mercedes-Benz. Automotive and engine manufacturers in 5 Baden-Württemberg account for sales of €38 billion in 67 factories . In addition, direct suppliers at 194 operating plants produce high value-added components, generating sales of €13 billion. These include high-capacity companies and pioneers such as Behr, Bosch, Eberspächer, Knecht, Mahle and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Including manufacturers of special vehicles, distributors and indirect suppliers, Baden-Württemberg brings together more than 2,000 enterprises and development partners which are closely associated with the automobile industry. In total these companies generate sales of more than €30 billion (Wirtschaftsministerium Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Economic Affairs), 2003b, p. 24). Supporting and related industries There is a high concentration of component suppliers in supporting sectors such as

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