Innovation meets Perfection

To maintain its top position in the mobility sector, companies in the capital region are investing in research and young talent – an investment that pays.

Berlin-Brandenburg has developed into an important automotive industry location. The number of suppliers is on a steady upward trend and over 200 companies employ around 21,000 people. The companies here cover a broad range. Major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) exist side-by-side with the global players of the supplier sector. They range from the production of accessories and parts to the development and manufacture of entire vehicles. Production location of vehicle manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers such as BMW, Brose, Continental, Daimler, Goodyear Dunlop, Knorr Bremse, Mercedes-Benz, Pierburg, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, Schaeffler, Weber Automotive or ZF Friedrichshafen AG are the industrial core of automotive expertise.

In addition, a number of innovative small and medium-sized companies are also leaving their mark with special expertise.

Close collaboration between practice and research

Specialized development service providers such as IAV, INPRO, Mahle Amovis, Hella Aglaia and Carmeq play a particularly important role for the industry in the region. And research and development services are an additional basis for its success. These engineering firms have frequently been spun off from scientific institutions and continue to maintain extremely close ties with universities for research and development projects and acquiring young engineering talent.

Technische Universität Berlin is the hub of research expertise in the automotive industry in Berlin. In Brandenburg, BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg is the university with the leading role. Alongside the region’s other universities, non-university institutes such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Adlershof and several Fraunhofer Institutes also offer automotive-related expertise.

The strengths of the Berlin-Brandenburg region lie in the areas of drive technology, novel fuels, in road and vehicle safety as well as in intelligent mobility. This includes connected, intermodal and automated transport. Other key areas of concentration are lightweight construction and innovative production technologies.

Electromobility in the capital region

One of the major goals of the companies and institutes within the cluster is to develop and to implement innovative transport systems. Electromobility opens up new perspectives and expands the playing field by adding companies that come from other sectors. Automotive engineering is electromobility’s technological core area – although the range of electromobility-related themes reaches far beyond it and offers new opportunities to profit from the shift of paradigm.

Taking advantage of opportunities

Taking advantage of the opportunities requires offensive action. Against this background, Berlin Partner, part eMO Berlin Agency for Electromobility, pools the activities in this field – as very successfully done in the International Electromobility Showcase Berlin-Brandenburg. The range of electromobile systems and components is being further extended, although science and research-savvy service providers are the foundation of the industrial added value. Information and communication technologies (ICT) supply new wind for automotive engineering innovation and the regulation of the complex interrelation between energy and transport systems.


Christian Heinrich
Handlungsfeldverantwortlicher Automotive
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Juliane Reimer
Handlungsfeldverantwortliche Automotive
Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH