Germany’s electronics industry generated turnover of EUR 178 billion (USD 224 billion) in 2011, of which EUR 84 billion was secured in foreign markets. Total industry turnover is forecast to grow to EUR 180 billion in 2012.

The electronics and microtechnology sector represents the second largest industry segment in Germany in manpower terms. A workforce of over 800,000 is active on the ground in Germany, with a further 600,000 plus employed overseas. In Germany, an electronics and microtechnology R&D workforce of more than 76,000 ensures that the sector occupies one in four of all German industryrelated R&D positions.



The automotive industry is the largest industry sector in Germany. In 2011, the auto sector recorded turnover of EUR 351 billion – around 20 percent of total German industry revenue.

The automobile industry is one  of the largest employers in Germany, with a workforce of around 712,500 in 2011.

Germany is Europe’s number one automotive market in terms of production and sales; accounting for over 30 percent of all passenger cars manufactured and over 20 percent of all new registrations.


Machinery & Equipment

With record turnover of EUR 209 billion in 2012, Germany’s M&E industry remains the strongest in Europe. In the past decade alone, industry turnover has recorded a 60 percent increase. Annual growth of two percent is forecast for the years 2012 and 2013 respectively.

With global machinery trade share of around 17 percent, Germany’s M&E industry sector is the leading supplier of machinery, ahead of both the USA and Japan. German machinery and plant manufacturers are world market leaders in 16 out of 33 M&E sectors. Seventy-six percent of machinery turnover is generated from sales to international clients (the machinery trade surplus amounted to EUR 88 billion in 2011).


Information and Communications Technology

Germany can boast Europe’s largest ICT market in terms of revenue volume (20 percent of total EU market volume) with recorded turnover of EUR 128 billion in 2009. With 5.3 percent global market share, the German ICT industry is ranked fourth worldwide after the USA (27.8 percent), Japan (8.8 percent) and China (7.1 percent).

The German IT industry is forecast to increase its market value by 4.3 percent in 2011 - with the ICT market as a whole recording two percent growth. The ICT gross value added market share amounts to 3.8 percent; further emphasizing the importance of the ICT industry for the German economy. 


Source: Germany Trade and Invest