The world's first driverless underground train gives you some idea of the exciting projects the transport and logistics sectors are working on here. Around 75,000 local people are either directly or indirectly involved in the development, testing and application of new drive technologies for individual mobility, intelligent traffic management systems and railway engineering. The CNA – Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V acts as the support platform.
The automotive supply industry, represented by over 500 industrial companies, plays a significant part in the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg. The region is home to companies supplying practically the entire range of components needed to construct a complete vehicle. Leading companies of international stature coupled with a variety of highly innovative small and medium-sized businesses are a key support for the German automotive industry. Products and expertise from the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region are built into nearly all European vehicle types and others as well. Overall, the workforce engaged either directly or indirectly in the value-added chain of the automotive industry numbers about 85,000. They provide cutting-edge services for the development and production of vehicle modules in the fields of:
- Technical textiles
- World market leader in antifriction bearing technology, modular door systems, vehicle wiring and on-board power supply systems
- First series production of hybrid modules for drive technology
- Future potential of electromobility drawing on key expertise in electrical drive technology and power electronics
With over 100,000 employees in 7,000 companies, the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is one of Europe’s leading ICT locations. Measured against the overall population, more engineers are engaged here in research and development than anywhere else in Germany. The region has the third-highest number of patent registrations in Europe. Also located here is not only the biggest Fraunhofer Institute, but also the most successful one, due to the MP3 standard developed there. The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is also one of the leading telecommunications and software locations in Europe given the presence of development centres for top companies like Alcatel-Lucent, DATEV, GfK and Siemens. The NIK e.V. is the project platform for the ICT industry. It advises on location and partner searches and public relations, and organises numerous information events. Through its many years of experience with EU, federal and regional projects, it has its own professional project management for R&D projects.
The consolidated diversity of manufacturers, research and educational institutions, clinics and medical technology service providers – unique in Germany – makes the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region a veritable "Medical Valley". Around 45,000 people work here for 200 companies – such as Siemens Healthcare.
The ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V. initiative is an expertise and cooperation network for the energy sector and is engaged in issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, automation and power electronics in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.
Around 300,000 people in the Metropolitan Region work for companies specialising in the production of materials for use in the automotive industry, aeronautical engineering and rail transport, mechanical engineering, semiconductors, textiles, and the medical, energy and green technology sectors. No other region in Germany has such a cluster of university-based materials research activities, with around 1,200 researchers working on their projects here.
Today, more than 40,000 mechanical and electrical engineers and IT specialists are working on ways to simplify and automate production processes. At major corporations and small and medium-sized businesses, they tinker for the global market and for the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. In order to boost the innovative power of suppliers in Northern Bavaria and to network with industrial users, the Chambers of Trade and Industry (CTI) in Northern Bavaria, led by the Nuremberg CTI for Central Franconia, have founded the Northern Bavaria Automation Valley, a leading international network of companies and research institutes.