The strengths of this Franconian city in the areas of technology + innovation, energy + the environment, transport + logistics and medicine + healthcare dominate the cityscape as much as its medieval castle. The focus is on power electronics and ITC (information and telecommunications industry), in which Nuremberg has the third highest number of patent applications in Europe.
Technology + innovation – in Nuremberg this means automation and power electronics as well as IT and telecommunications. With over 200 companies, the Nuremberg metropolitan region is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of components and systems for power electronics. With another 200 companies operating in the area, it is also an important location for the key sector of automation. Close-knit networks of sector initiatives and research institutions supplement this competence field, which has also long been reflected in a series of regular international trade fairs and congresses.
The ITC sector is the most important branch of technology in the region with more than 7,000 companies. Communications technology, software, medicine, automation, embedded systems, open source and corporate applications make up the core business. Think-tanks such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), where the global standard MP3 was developed, think and work here side by side with international companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica O2, Infineon, Qualcomm, ST Ericsson or Huawei. These are joined by innovative IT and media companies such as Siemens, Cortal Consors, DATEV and GfK.
Nuremberg and its hinterland are making their mark through their commitment to energy + the environment. Stadthalle Fürth was the first conference hall in Bavaria to receive the "EVVC Green Globe Certificate: Sustainability as a Responsibility of Business", the City of Nuremberg was awarded fourth place in the competition European Green Capital 2012/13, and the Bavarian Environmental Award 2010 was presented to the companies Siemens Energy Sector and E.ON Bayern. These awards recognise the important role that the region plays in the areas of energy and the environment. 2,000 companies with 70,000 employees make the Nuremberg region one of the European powerhouses in this sector of the future.
As a modern junction for intermodal carriers, Nuremberg offers the perfect conditions for companies in the transport + logistics sector. Moreover, the region lies on the intersection of important transport corridors and trans-European networks and has the largest multimodal transport and logistics centre in Southern Germany. Politics and business are working together to drive forward the development of the location while research and education are setting widely recognised global standards. Naturally, Nuremberg also hosts many trade fairs, conventions and conferences related to the logistics sector.
The Nuremberg region has a justifiable claim to the title of Bavaria's "Medical Valley" with a concentration of manufacturers, medical research and educational institutions, hospitals and service providers that is unique in Germany. The highly competitive atmosphere of Medical Valley and of the Nuremberg metropolitan region is based on outstanding skills levels in key technologies for medical-technical systems: electronic and microsystems technology, information and communications technology, optical technologies and new materials.