The sector – Strong: engineering in Hamburg Metropolitan Region
Engineering in Hamburg Metropolitan Region is an efficient and innovative sector. The strong economies of recent years and full order books have benefited the area and Hamburg. Around 35,000 people work in this sector in the region. The sector’s share of exports has risen continuously in recent years; in the past 15 years it increased from 40 to 50 per cent.
Small and medium-sized firms characterise the sector in the region, but large enterprises like the Körber group or Jungheinrich are also based here. Resident companies are closely connected with other sectors as suppliers and customers. As a result, engineering works in Hamburg Metropolitan Region provide highly specialised products to manufacturing industry. It is not unusual for companies to be world leaders in their product niches or at least amongst the leaders, as in production plant for the tobacco industry, coin validators or fork-lifts.
Future talent for the sector is trained at the numerous educational establishments of the Metropolitan Region. No less than six university-level institutions offer relevant study courses and work closely with renowned research institutions and companies.
Focal points – Ideas for every product from Hamburg Metropolitan Region
Engineering industry in Hamburg Metropolitan Region has a wide variety of specialisms. In the packaging branch, for instance, we find Tetra Pak Processing GmbH, which makes machinery for its world-famous packaging, or Affeldt Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH, which specialises packaging equipment for the food and non-food sectors and in printed products.
Many successful companies Hamburg Metropolitan Region are active in automation and controlling technology. Today, Alfa Laval Mid-Europe GmbH is leader in liquids separation and heat exchangers. Rotring Engineering AG makes large fuel gas or fuel oil plants. National Rejectors, Inc. GmbH (NRI) produces change machines and card systems for the world market. W.v.d. Heyde GmbH is global market leader with its machinery for testing tightness of aluminium wheels. The main activity of Sieb & Meyer AG, however, is production of control systems for processing circuit boards.
Jungheinrich AG, Still GmbH and E & K Automation Eilers & Kirf GmbH all offer solutions for the engineering sector, from a straightforward fork-lift truck through complete warehouse outfitting to driverless transport systems. The region’s many shipyards also have engineering expertise of course.
Machinery for handling all kinds of materials is produced, for example, by Fette GmbH and Nordson Engineering GmbH. In addition to plant for processing metal, Fette also makes tablet presses, whilst Nordson Engineering specialises in coating machinery.
The Metropolitan Region is also important for laser technology. Companies such as ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH, LAP GmbH Laser Applikationen, eurolaser GmbH or SEF GmbH develop custom solutions for industry and medicine.
The world’s leader in manufacture of cigarette machinery is Hauni Maschinenbau AG, part of the Körber group. Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH is a traditional company manufacturing machinery for producing edible oils. For its part, GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH specialises in producing components for hygienically sensitive machinery in the pharmaceuticals and food industries.
Several highly specialised businesses have strong connections to logistics, aerospace and shipbuilding and have built up specific product portfolios to serve these areas. Amongst these is Becker Marine Systems GmbH & Co.
Education research & development – The motor for tomorrow: Research and development
The sector benefits enormously from the variety of educational and research capabilities in Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Hamburg-Harburg technical university (TUHH) has a broad range of courses specific to engineering. Particular emphasis is laid on the fields of rapid prototyping und rapid manufacturing. Groundbreaking know-how is also present in production and environmental technology as well as engineering for aeronautical Rapid Prototyping und Rapid Manufacturing applications.
The Hamburg university of applied sciences (HAW) produces highly qualified graduates in each of three bachelor and masters degree courses. The Institute for materials science and welding technology is an application-based research institution for industry. Other fields of research are optical sensor technology, fuel cells and rational appropriation of energy.
Through its close cooperation with the DESY research establishment in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld and with GKSS in Geesthacht, Hamburg university students have the benefit of early and practical education. The university has built up special know-how particularly in the area of optical and nano-based technologies.
Lüneburg university is highly specialised in production and automation technologies, whilst Nordakademie in Elmshorn offers students a wide choice of training in production and manufacturing technology, with particular emphasis on business aspects.
The Göttingen private university of applied sciences set up in Stade in 2006 focuses on development and processing of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).
Business development – Promotion of the engineering industry
The spadework for networking in engineering is done by regional and inter-regional economic promotion agencies, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation (WTSH) and the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF), by Süderelbe AG and the chambers of commerce and industry. Companies wishing to relocate into the Hamburg Metropolitan Region receive an all-round service from business development agencies at no cost.
The association of German machinery manufacturers (VDMA) in the region is an important presence for engineering. The Hamburg office organises and supports exchanges between the companies and acts as an expert representative of engineering interests vis a vis politics and education. The VDMA also circulates important information, whether it is data and statistics, information about available assistance, export opportunities or responses on personnel management issues.
- VDMA German Engineering Federation, Regional Association North
- Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein
- HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation
- Süderelbe AG (Central point of contact for companies, investors and municipal councils in the southern metropolitan region of Hamburg)
- School of Mechanical Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
- Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
- Bachelor in Industrial Engineering at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
- University of Hamburg
- Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and Business Management at the Nordakademie private university, Elmshorn
- Bachelor of Engineering (Composites) at the Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen in Stade