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Chapter 3
CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHANGE FOR BADEN-
WÜRTTEMBERG
3.1 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AUTOMOBILE FOR
BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
Baden-Württemberg is considered the most significant automo-
bile location in Germany and enjoys an outstanding reputation
nationally and internationally. The unique concentration of vehic-
le manufacturers, automotive suppliers, research institutes and
universities with specialized courses of study offers outstanding
location conditions for automotive manufacturing.
3.1.1 AUTOMOBILE LOCATION BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
With Daimler AG and Porsche AG, two of the most renowned auto-
motive manufacturers are headquartered in Baden-Württemberg;
in addition Audi AG is present with a major production and deve-
lopment location. In addition to companies in the commercial ve-
hicle sector (such as Volvo Busse Deutschland GmbH, Kässbohrer
Geländefahrzeug AG, Mercedes-Benz LKW or IVECO), the Baden-
Württemberg location is also home to a number of major supplier
enterprises. The companies, ZF Group, Mahle, Behr, Getrag, Kol-
benschmidt Pierburg, Eberspächer, Freudenberg, Peguform, as
well as Mann+Hummel, are among the world’s 100 largest automo-
bile suppliers [Automobil Produktion (2011a)]. Overall, more than
20 companies that employ 1,000 or more people are established or
represented with production facilities in Baden-Württemberg [IHK
(2011)]. Fig. 31 shows regional distribution of the most important
suppliers in Baden-Württemberg and the main activity areas of
these suppliers.
36 Author’s own illustration
Fig. 31: Map showing the important automobile supplier companies in BW
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»Baden-Württemberg has always been the state of ‚Tüftler‘
(inventors). The available engineering art and the tight net-
working of universities, research and business, offer the best
prerequisites in areas such as power electronics or engines
and transmissions, for developing practical solutions for
electrification of the drive train.«
Jürgen Jost, Division Director, Research & Development,
Dürr Systems GmbH