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Business Location Dresden

Machine and Plant Engineering and Construction: Traditionally Excellent



Mechanical engineering is a key sector in Saxon industry and thus also of Dresden industry. Its long history stretches back into the nineteenth century: the first German steam locomotive, the 'Saxonia,' was built by Andreas Schubert in Dresden.

Companies which were founded back then such as, for example, Kummer & Co. (today VEM Sachsenwerk) founded in 1850 as well as Kelle & Hildebrandt (today SBS Group) founded in 1874 still characterize the location today.


Today, about 40 companies with roughly 4,000 workers work in the field of mechanical engineering and plant construction. Their focus is on custom engineering and special-purpose machines in the fields of:

  • Packaging Machines and Machine Tools
  • Drives
  • Testing Systems
  • Mining Machines

The biggest automotive manufacturer in Europe has also made the most of Dresden's skills in mechanical engineering: since 2002 Volkswagen has produced its top-class sedan, the Phaeton, in the heart of the city.

A drive for every occasion VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH builds engines for subways, locomotives, cement works, sea water desalination plants and heavy capacity flatcars all round the world. Photo: VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH / Rene Gaens

Production at VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH.
Photo: VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH / Rene Gaens


Automotive engineering perfection: Volkswagen produces its top-class sedan, the Phaeton, at the Transparent Factory. Robots are only used to take the load off human beings. Photo: Volkswagen AG
Automotive Engineering Perfection

Volkswagen produces its top-class sedan, the Phaeton, at the Transparent Factory. Robots are only used to take the load off human beings.


PIA|nova®, made by VON ARDENNE, is an example of Dresden plant constructors' high level of skill. Photo: VON ARDENNE GmbH
Well-tuned Production System

PIA|nova®, made by VON ARDENNE, is an example of Dresden plant constructors' high level of skill.


Systematically self-reliant: the custom-built units at XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH ensure that even highly complex production processes can run automatically. Photo: XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH
Systematically Self-Reliant

The custom-built units at XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH ensure that even highly complex production processes can run automatically.



Qualified specialists, top research and technology transfer in the growing fields of new-generation materials, nanotechnology and microelectronics also increase the innovation and competitiveness of local companies.


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Networks

VEMAS Verbundinitiative Maschinenbau Sachsen

In order to increase their competitiveness, the network VEMAS (VEMAS Saxony Mechanical Engineering Network) brings competent partners together for the development of new products and procedures and, thus, supports the driving forces of innovation for the machine and plant construction industry. Qualified and skilled employees, state-of-the-art research, and technological transfer in the interdisciplinary technologies of new materials, nanotechnology, and microelectronics all increase the innovative force and competitiveness of the member companies as well.

Organic Electronics Saxony

More than 39 companies and 17 research institutes with over 950 employees joined in the largest European cluster for organic semiconductor R&D and manufacturing. They are covering the whole value chain starting at universal fundamental research up to high end technological products.