The metropolitan region of Nuremberg-Erlangen is among the Top 10 strongest economic locations in Germany – the GDP is EUR 118 billion. The roughly 162,000 companies in the region employ about 1.9 million people. The export ratio was 47% and the service sector ratio 61%. Numerous initiatives involving politics, authorities and business provide a business-friendly climate. Besides global corporations such as Adidas or the Schaeffler group, there are also countless SMEs at home in the metropolitan region. Innovative start-ups also benefit from the variety of major corporations and SMEs and ensure that Nuremberg-Erlangen has been able to establish itself as an important location for cross-industry innovations. Besides key focuses on drive technology, individual mobility, logistics, smart traffic systems and railway technology, the metropolitan region is also a digital hub for medical technology. The global corporation Siemens is also represented at locations in Nuremberg, Erlangen, Fürth and Amberg with 44,000 employees.
Permanent global change, digitisation of the economy, shortage of resources: ground-breaking answers to future challenges are produced in Nuremberg. And talent grows here that is urgently needed by the economy. Networking and the transfer of knowledge among initiators from research, science and business are supported using the open innovation principle. There are over 30 universities of applied sciences with more than 150,000 students in a 100 km radius of Nuremberg. The ideal prerequisites to get future markets moving. Calculated on the basis of the population, most of the engineers in Germany work here. The region is No. 3 in Europe for patent applications in the ICT sector. 35 renowned research institutes and application centres work closely together with business and research and provide an excellent climate for innovation – the MP3 music format was developed in Nuremberg. The European metropolitan region of Nuremberg is also a leader in communication technology, open-source software solutions, automation and business applications. There is also a centre for medicine and healthcare in Nuremberg-Erlangen with Medical Valley. Various stakeholders from business, science, healthcare provision and politics have joined forces to develop and promote innovative technologies and services. Thus being able to pool resources into clusters and make use of synergies.
Nuremberg is a major center for Information Technology, Renewable & Smart Energy, Health & Medical, Transport & Logistics, Automotive and Manufacturing.
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