Strong and
successful by

Metalworking and Electrotechnical Industries

Bavaria’s metal, electro and IT industries are the most important segments in its industrial sector. In 2016, the companies operating in the metalworking and electrotechnical industry had 821,000 employees and generated sales of approximately 250 billion Euro. More than two thirds of all Bavarian exports are M+E products.

M+E in Bavaria

M+E is the motor
of Bavarian industry

Employees according
to segments

Bavaria is the top industry and production location

Bavaria is the top industry and production location

Bavaria has a strong industrial base. Manufacturing industry generates more than a quarter of total economic value creation. This gives Bavaria the fourth highest share of industry in the world. While most economies are experiencing deindustrialization, in Bavaria the importance of industry has continued to increase over the last few years.

Economic dynamism
throughout Europe

Overall ranking of the
quality of location
Average of the 45 countries included = 100

Bavaria is a leading location for R&D

Bavaria is a leading location for R&D

Bavaria occupies second place after Sweden in the fields of innovative environment, educational system and development of skilled labor. Innovative companies, and excellent higher education environment as well as many research institutions and establishments make Bavaria a leading location for research and development.


state universities and colleges of applied science


students in Bavaria


Fraunhofer institutes


Max-Planck / research establishments


WGL * / research institutes


Helmholtz institutes

* Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft (Scientific Community) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e. V. (Leibniz Community)

“The Bavarian employers’ associations for the M+E industries are one of our most valuable ‘partners’: We can concentrate wholly on our core business—and the associations look after everything else.”

Frank A. Bergner

Shareholder and Managing Director
Richard Bergner Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Schwabach, Germany

“Crown’s membership in the Employers’ Association for the Bavarian Metalworking and Electrical Associations has proven very beneficial in helping us navigate complex business issues, including German labor law.”

John E. Tate

Senior Vice President
Crown Equipment Corporation
New Bremen, Ohio, USA

Bavaria is Number One in Europe

Bavaria is Number One in Europe

For new technologies, innovations and new products, Bavaria is Europe’s No. 1 high-tech region! More than 12 percent of all employees work in the high-tech domain, leading the European league. It also leads in the metal, electro and IT industries. Names like Siemens, EADS or MAN stand for state-of-the-art technical developments. Many international companies locate in Bavaria to take advantage of its manufacturing and research. And each year we see the establishment of a large number of start-up companies in the field of high-tech and state-of-the-art technology.

Ready for the future

Ready for the future

Bavaria’s companies occupy top positions in nearly all fields of technology, both nationally and internationally. Leaders in the field are the companies in the Bavarian metalworking and electrical industries, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automobile industry / automotive
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Environmental engineering
  • Information and communication technology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Power engineering
  • Satellite navigation
  • Sensory engineering and power electronics