The mechanical and plant engineering sector in North Rhine-Westphalia comprises over 1,600 companies with more than 200,000 employees. Their combined annual turnover exceeds 40 billion euros. In addition to many smaller companies, there are also a few large players. These are the five largest mechanical engineering companies in NRW.
These are also part of our list of the top 100 mechanical engineering companies in Germany.
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1st place: ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen: 42.0 billion euros sales (2018/19)
The names Thyssen and Krupp are known for their industrial history on the Rhine and Ruhr. Today the ThyssenKrupp Group is Germany’s biggest steel producer with an international focus. 162,000 employees work for ThyssenKrupp worldwide.
In addition to steel production, the Group is also a supplier of plant construction services. The Industrial Solutions unit builds major industrial plants or parts of plants. Its products are targeted at the chemical, fertilizer and cement industries, but also at other steel producers and mining companies.
2nd place: GEA Group AG, Düsseldorf: EUR 4.9 billion sales (2019)
The Düsseldorf-based GEA Group emerged from the former Metallgesellschaft. Today it supplies process technology and components for production processes in various industries. The group comprises numerous subsidiaries and has over 18,000 employees worldwide.
One of its focuses is agriculture and companies in the food industry. The GEA Group also offers solutions for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, for healthcare companies, and for the sports and leisure sector.
3rd place: Claas KGaA mbH, Harsewinkel: EUR 3.9 billion sales (2019)
Claas is a leading global manufacturer of agricultural machinery. The business model has been in place since the company was founded in 1913 and, today, Claas has approximately 11,500 employees and exports its products all over the world (80 percent export share).
Claas combines harvesters, tractors, baler,s and many more agricultural machines. Most of the production takes place in the main factory in Harsewinkel in East Westphalia, and there are also other production facilities in Europe, the USA, and Asia.
4th place: Otto Fuchs KG, Meinerzhagen: 2.8 billion euros turnover (2018)
Otto Fuchs KG has its origins in a brass foundry founded in 1910. Today the company – a traditional Sauerland company – is still involved in metal processing. The group has about 10,000 employees.
In the mechanical engineering sector, Otto Fuchs is a supplier to other industrial sectors and offers forging, extrusion, and ring rolling for metalworking. In addition to mechanical and plant engineering, customers include the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, and the construction industry.
5th place: SMS group GmbH, Düsseldorf: 2.8 billion euros turnover (2019)
The SMS group emerged from a blacksmith’s shop founded in Siegen in 1871 – today it is an internationally positioned group with almost 14,000 employees. The SMS group is part of the SMS Holding Group owned by the Heinrich Weiss family of entrepreneurs.
The SMS group is a plant supplier for the metallurgical industry. The company supplies both complete production lines and individual machines for metalworking.
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