It is no secret that Stuttgart knows cars inside out. However, it is also worth mentioning that the University of Stuttgart trains around 80 percent of German space engineers, is home to 80 percent of all research institutes in Baden-Württemberg and is also strong in production technology. Consequently, the Swabian city is heavily focused on transport + logistics and technology + innovation.
Automobile construction/automotive, electromobility and aerospace are traditionally strong sectors of the competence field transport + logistics in Stuttgart. The region is considered the birthplace of the automobile and now the most important automobile cluster in Europe – and not just because of Porsche and Daimler. Vehicle construction supports 180,000 jobs in the region and revenues in 2008 were over € 43 billion with around 70% of production destined for export. Companies in the Stuttgart region invest € 5 billion every year in research and development. With an R&D budget of 6 % of the region's GDP, companies in the Stuttgart area head the list by some distance in Germany. A wealth of automobile and automotive-related degree courses, numerous regular major sector events and attractive fringe programmes and exhibitions on the subject of automobile history complete the picture in this competence field.
With its unique expertise in vehicle construction, the Stuttgart region is destined to play an important role in the imminent transformation of the automobile industry. Taking a holistic approach, it is the common task of all partners to find answers to the key technological and market challenges posed by electromobility and thus contribute to achieving the federal government's goal of putting one million electric vehicles onto Germany's roads by 2020 and integrating them into an environmentally friendly mobility concept.
The aerospace industry also has a long tradition and great significance in the Stuttgart region; it is one of Europe's most important locations in the sector. The city's university trains around 80 percent of the space engineers in Germany. The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has twelve institutes and is the largest in Europe with 1,500 aerospace engineering and 200 geodesy students - an enormous source of future professionals. Global leaders in the sector and also important suppliers are present here: Tesat-Spacecom, Fichtner, Thales ATM, innovative navigation, Bosch or Behr Industry.
The technology + innovation region Baden Württemberg is known world-wide as a leader in production technology. Around 27 percent of all employees working in the German engineering sector work here. The cluster is based on local engineering companies and important suppliers of components, software and services. There are an equally large number of important companies supplying factory machinery, for example in the automobile, automobile supply and electrical industries. The high concentration of important research institutes conducting fundamental and applied research in production technology and educational and transfer establishments also demonstrates the high potential in the cluster region Stuttgart.