Companies in the Saarland
15 October 2015
15 October 2015

5th Long night of industry

15 October 2015

Sector mix

Two success stories from the Saarland.

David Zimmer, a personally liable partner of inexio:
“in the past few years we have established a fibre optic network spanning more than 5,000 kilometres. This enables us to provide approximately 50,000 private customers and more than 2,000 commercial customers with the most modern telecommunications technologies. We our continuing to push forward with the high rate of growth that we have achieved over the past few years. In recognition of the excellent service provided by the entire inexio team, I was awarded the Entrepreneur of The Year prize in 2012. An accolade which remains in the Saarland, as we continue to develop and manage further growth from within the region.”

inexio invests in the establishment and further development of the most modern telecommunications infrastructure in the Greater Region of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

 
Wolfgang Wahlster, Professor for Information Technology and CEO of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken.
“The internet of things is revolutionising our factories. Today, machines can already communicate with each other and they are able to exchange information during production without human input. This is made possible not only using highly developed internet communication, but also by sensors which are built into the products and the machines themselves. After all, these sensors have now become, not only exceedingly small and powerful, but they often cost only a few cents. Sensors of this sort are now widely used and deliver a steady stream of the information required for largely automatic systems – whether an intelligent park assist system or a machine filling individual cereal packets.”

At a conference held in September 2014 in Berlin, he described the “internet of things”, in order to make it clear that conventional mass production methods are no longer necessarily more cost-effective. Rather “Industry 4.0” means that entirely individualised products can be produced at comparable prices.

Strong industry, innovative SMEs

Strong industry, innovative SMEs

Two success stories from the Saarland.
The Saarland economy is well positioned for the future - thanks to its industrial experience and its current range of industries.

Some also call the Saarland 'Autoland'. In fact, nearly one in two industrial workplaces is directly or indirectly related to automotive manufacturing. But that's certainly not all. Today this small region is full of surprises with its wide range of powerful mid-size and industrial companies and a high innovation level.

Dillinger steel works

The Dillinger steel works, founded in 1685, with a production of around 2 million tonnes worldwide, is currently a benchmark for heavy plates. Heavy plates? These are steel plates with unusual dimensions that are sought after due to their quality and special characteristics for the realisation of exceptional and technically challenging projects around the world.

Whether in steel construction, mechanical engineering, offshore, line pipe, boiler construction etc – the versatility of high-tech plates from the Saarland shows their use in the most varied places and for the most varied of purposes. For example, the Millau Viaduct in the south of France, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, the Mecca Royal Clock Tower, the ‘Simone de Beauvoir’ footbridge in Paris, the ‘Grand Stade Lille Métropole’ stadium, the Nord Stream Pipeline through the Baltic Sea or the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind farms.

With its corporate philosophy and cooperation with the customer, Dillinger steel works pushes investment and innovation steadily forward in order to achieve excellence in steel production and meet the highest demands for quality and service. With around 5,000 employees and 200 trainees at the Dillingen site, the Dillinger steel works is one of the most important employers in the region.

Saar tech for global success

Saar tech for global success

Saarland products have an excellent reputation throughout the world. Export successes include fine tableware and bathroom ceramics from Villeroy & Boch as well as energy distribution and meter panel systems from Hager, one of the world leaders in household electrical installation. Quality steel from the Dillinger steel works can be found for example in the Shanghai World Financial Centre, the sixth-highest skyscraper in the world, and the Olympic Stadium in Athens. At the same time Saar steel has conquered the oceans, because the steel hull of the Queen Mary II, the largest passenger ship in the world, was produced by a 100% subsidiary of the Dillinger steel works.

Dillinger steel works Strong brand
of Saarland origin
Dillinger steel works

Strong brand
of Saarland origin

Structural change
Structural change
Productivity is in our nature

Productivity is in our nature

The Saarland automotive industry sets global standards

1.500 Ford vehicles daily
17.000 jobs in engineering
2/3 of employees in the service sector
Saarland success stories
Saarland success stories
Engineering - second biggest employer

Engineering - second biggest employer

With 17,000 jobs engineering occupies a strong second place among industrial employers in the Saarland. Other very important industries are foundries, steel and plant construction, steel forming, electrical engineering, energy and environmental technology and medical technology. A vigorous food industry and diverse consumer industries are other important sectors in the economy of the Saarland.
Saarland successes
Saarland successes

Saarland successes

Services expanding

Services expanding

The service sector is also set to grow - particularly in the field of business-oriented services. Dynamic growth is also shown by information and telecommunications technology in particular, with currently around 6,500 highly qualified service employees, and the consulting industry, which together with advertising and market research have more than 11,000 employees.

Considerable growth rates also exist in environmental services, medical service providers and in the insurance industry. The latter was boosted, amongst other things, by the market success of the direct insurer Cosmos Direkt, SAARLAND Versicherungen and Union Krankenversicherung AG. Other growth areas in the Saarland services landscape are the burgeoning tourism industry and an innovative scene in the cultural and creative industries.

Chambers of commerce

Saar Chambers of Commerce

Saar Chambers of Commerce

Customer-oriented service provider, a critical policy partner and independent advocate for the market and competition.

Chamber of Trade Saarland (HWK)

Chamber of Trade Saarland (HWK)

The service centre for Saarland craftsmanship.

Selected trade associations

Association of Saarland companies (VSU)

Association of Saarland companies (VSU)

Umbrella organisation of 21 Saarland employers' and professional associations from the most diverse industries.

Dehoga Saar

Dehoga Saar

DEHOGA Saarland represents the economic and social interests of the hospitality industry.

Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie des Saarlandes e.V. (ME Saar)

Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie des Saarlandes e.V. (ME Saar)

The Association of Saarland Metal and Electrical Industries represents about 70% of Saarland employees in this area.

Groß- und Außenhandelsverbandes Saarland e.V. (Association for Wholesale and External Trade Saarland)

Groß- und Außenhandelsverbandes Saarland e.V. (Association for Wholesale and External Trade Saarland)

Advocacy for wholesale and foreign trade in professional, economic and political issues.

Landesverband Einzelhandel und Dienstleistung Saarland e.V. (State Association of Retail and Services Industries Saarland)

Landesverband Einzelhandel und Dienstleistung Saarland e.V. (State Association of Retail and Services Industries Saarland)

The regional office of the German commercial Association is mainly engaged in issues of economic and fiscal policy, legislation and quality assurance.

Verband der Saarhütten (Association for the Saarland Steel Industry)

Verband der Saarhütten (Association for the Saarland Steel Industry)

As a labour and socio-political association, VDS represents the interests of its 14 member companies. Its main task is to negotiate collective agreements.

Arbeitgeberverband der Bauwirtschaft des Saarlandes e.V. (Employers’ Association for the Saarland Construction Industry)

Arbeitgeberverband der Bauwirtschaft des Saarlandes e.V. (Employers’ Association for the Saarland Construction Industry)

AGV Bau Saar represents its members in all work-related matters, particularly with regard to labour, collective bargaining and social law.

Other Saar interest groups

Arbeitskreis Wirtschaft e.V. (AKW) (Working Group for the Economy)

Arbeitskreis Wirtschaft e.V. (AKW) (Working Group for the Economy)

The network of the Working Group for the Economy helps in particular small and medium enterprises and professionals in the Greater Region to maintain their economic relations.

Saar-Lorraine Business Club

Saar-Lorraine Business Club

The Business Club is open to German and French members in Lorraine and in Saarland. It is present and active in both countries.

MC Marketingclub Saar e.V.

MC Marketingclub Saar e.V.

The Marketing Club sees itself as an initiator and partner for investment promotion in the region itself and in SaarLorLux.

Wirtschaftsclub Saar-Pfalz-Moselle e.V.

Wirtschaftsclub Saar-Pfalz-Moselle e.V.

The priorities of the club are cross-regional communication, cooperation and dissemination of the European vision.

Family Entrepreneurs – ASU

Family Entrepreneurs – ASU

The ASU represents the economic interests of 180,000 family-run businesses in Germany.

Junior Chamber of Commerce Saarland

Junior Chamber of Commerce Saarland

The Saarland regional association of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Germany represents young entrepreneurs and executives from all sectors of the Saarland economy.

Young Entrepreneurs - BJU

Young Entrepreneurs - BJU

The Young Entrepreneurs of the Saarland Regional District advocate primarily for the social market economy.

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