Strong industries

Whether IT, automotive, nanotechnology, logistics, healthcare or call centres – Saarland is at the forefront in many industries. Companies on the Saar enjoy an excellent reputation internationally. After all Saarland combines all ‘Made in Germany’ values with a central location at the heart of Europe. Foreign investors find optimum conditions to build up their European location here. For some it is important to have Luxembourg in the vicinity while other companies benefit from the proximity to France.
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Many companies that are active across Europe benefit from good economic framework conditions such as location, infrastructure, the price-performance ratio of real estate and sites, the availability of qualified staff or political support. Investors find optimum conditions in Saarland that form a basis for their success.
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As the third-largest automotive location in Germany Saarland is …

… an ideal centre for this industry. The local players are the numerous suppliers and the FORD automotive plant with approximately 7,000 employees. It produces its most successful models here, namely the Ford Focus and the Ford C-Max.

Suppliers and logistics companies have relocated to approximately 52,0000 square metres of hall area at the » FORD INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIER PARK (FISP) near Saarlouis in order to supply their products to the FORD production process – the FISP project with an investment volume of approximately 100 million Euros was planned and realised under the management of Strukturholding Saar.

Saarland as an automobile location in figures:

  • 1,500 Ford vehicles every day
  • Almost 100 automobile industry suppliers with an annual turnover of approximately 15.5 billion Euros
  • Almost 50,000 employees
  • The best export conditions: export of goods worth approximately 13.8 billion Euros in 2014
  • The share of the automobile industry is almost 6 billion Euros, more than 42% of the total exports

Top-level research in the IT sector

Saarland is a centre for IT basic research and application research and networked in numerous research projects with industry, including the automobile industry. The spin-off firms at the universities benefit from their proximity to research alongside established companies in the region and offer innovative software products and IT solutions.

Besides excellent IT at the universities and the cluster of excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI) the state also has nationally and internationally renowned » research facilities.

There are good reasons why the government’s national IT summit in 2016 took place for the first time in Saarland.

Serving the European market from here

Logistics is a strong core competence in Saarland. This is valid for both transport and contract logistics and production logistics. And all this right on the border to France and Luxembourg.

» Link to Logistik.Saarland


Your contact person:

Raphaela Adam
Telefon: +49 (0)6893/9899 615
» r.adam@invest-in-saarland.com

Anja Petschauer
Telefon: +49 (0)6893/9899 612
» a.petschauer@invest-in-saarland.com


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