5th Long night of industry
15 October 2015
Strong industry, innovative SMEs
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.
Productivity is in our nature
The Saarland automotive industry sets global standards
Engineering - second biggest employer
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
Customer-oriented service provider, a critical policy partner and independent advocate for the market and competition.
Chamber of Trade Saarland (HWK)
The service centre for Saarland craftsmanship.
Selected trade associations
Association of Saarland companies (VSU)
Umbrella organisation of 21 Saarland employers' and professional associations from the most diverse industries.
DEHOGA Saarland represents the economic and social interests of the hospitality industry.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
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.
The priorities of the club are cross-regional communication, cooperation and dissemination of the European vision.
Family Entrepreneurs – ASU
The ASU represents the economic interests of 180,000 family-run businesses in Germany.
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
The Young Entrepreneurs of the Saarland Regional District advocate primarily for the social market economy.