Lower Saxony is not a classic engineering state. With 55,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than one billion euros in Lower Saxony, the state cannot compete with the southern German regions in terms of mechanical engineering. Nevertheless, there are some well-known mechanical engineering companies here as well. We present the three largest ones.

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1st place: Enercon GmbH, Aurich: 4.5 billion euros turnover (2019)

Enercon in Aurich in East Frisia was founded in 1984 by wind power pioneer Aloys Wobben and is the market leader in wind turbines. To date, over 30,000 turbines have been installed in more than 45 countries worldwide.

The company employs over 14,000 people. The wind turbines – including ring generators, inverters, rotor blades, cast components, towers, and nacelles – are almost completely manufactured in Enercon production facilities.

2nd place: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), Verden: approx. 409 million euros turnover (no current turnover available)

Focke & Co. is a family business that was founded in Bremen in 1955 before moving to Verden in 1961 due to lack of space. Besides Verden, the company has production sites in Berlin-Reinickendorf, Hamburg, Barßel, and Greensboro (North Carolina).

Packaging machines for the tobacco industry are the core business of Focke & Co. However, the company also manufactures packaging machines for non-tobacco companies in the consumer goods industry.

3rd place: Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Aerzen: 400 million EUR turnover (2018)

Since 1864 Aerzen near Hameln has been the seat of Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH. The owner-managed family business is leading in the field of twin-shaft Positive Displacement machines worldwide.

Positive Displacement Blowers, Screw Compressors, Rotary Lobe Compressors, Turbo Blowers, and corresponding control technology form the product portfolio. Fields of application are found in many industrial sectors – from mining to the chemical industry and semiconductor production. Aerzener Maschinenfabrik has about 2.500 employees.

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With approximately 11,000 employees, Hamburg is one of the smaller mechanical engineering locations in Germany. Nevertheless, major machine and plant manufacturers are based here. They generate their sales primarily outside the Free and Hanseatic City. These are the three largest companies.

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1st place: Jungheinrich AG, Hamburg: 4.1 billion euros in net sales (2019)

Jungheinrich is a foundation of the Economic Miracle years. Since 1953, the Hamburg-based company has stood for industrial trucks, warehousing, and material flow technology. Jungheinrich employs some 18,000 people and sells in over 120 countries.

Forklift trucks, high-rack stackers, pallet trucks and tractors – these are typical Jungheinrich products. The company ranks third in this field worldwide and second in Europe. A second mainstay is (manual and automatic) shelving systems.

2nd place: Nordex SE, Hamburg: 3.3 billion euros in sales (2019)

Although Nordex’s legal domicile is in Rostock, its head office is located in Hamburg-Langenhorn. The name Nordex has stood for wind turbines since 1985. The business concentrates on low-wind turbines for land-based locations.

The largest shareholder with a stake of over one third is the Spanish conglomerate Acciona. The rest is in free float. Nordex has branches and subsidiaries in 19 countries and employs almost 7,000 people.

3rd place: Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH, Hamburg: EUR 2.5 billion sales (Körber Group, 2018)

Hauni Maschinenbau is the core company of the Körber Group, also based in Hamburg. Its activities are now bundled by Körber AG as the holding company. Hauni Maschinenbau has about 4,000 employees and the Körber Group has about 10,000.

Since its foundation in 1946, Hauni Maschinenbau has been a specialist in machinery and equipment for the tobacco industry. The product portfolio includes machines for all process steps in tobacco processing and cigarette manufacturing.

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Mechanical and plant engineering in Hessen is a mid-range industry as 75 percent of the companies have fewer than 50 employees. That said, there are also some large mechanical engineering companies that operate internationally. We present the three largest ones.

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1st place: Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG, Asslar: 633 million euros (2019)

Aßlar near Wetzlar is the corporate headquarters of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology. The company, which was founded in 1890, is today part of the Busch Group. Busch SE is a manufacturer of vacuum pumps, systems, blowers, and compressors.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology is also involved in this field. The Busch subsidiary employs over 3,000 people and manufactures primarily for export. Exports account for some 70 percent of vacuum pump business.

2nd place: Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen: Sales of around 600 million euros (no current sales available)

Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik has been in existence since 1937 and employs around 2,100 people, with locations in Obertshausen, Chemnitz, and Naila in Germany. It is also represented in various European countries, China, and the USA.

The company is world market leader in warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems (76 percent market share). Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik has four divisions: Warp knitting machines, warp preparation, technical textiles and component production.

3rd place: Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH, Reiskirchen: approx. 370 million Euro turnover (no current turnover available)

Weiss Umwelttechnik belongs to the Schunk Group – an internationally operating technology group. The company in Reiskirchen near Gießen has about 2,200 employees and is represented at 40 locations in 15 countries.

Weiss deals with ventilation and heat. The company offers test systems for environmental simulation, builds thermotechnical plants, clean air, and containment systems as well as air conditioning and dehumidification systems for clean rooms.

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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.

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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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Mechanical and plant engineering is one of the most important branches of industry in Bavaria. Every sixth employee in the Bavarian manufacturing industry works in mechanical engineering. The turnover of the industry is only exceeded by the automotive sector. These are the three largest mechanical engineering companies in Bavaria.

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1st place: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin: 86.8 billion euros turnover (2019)

Even during the Second World War, Siemens relocated large parts of its industry to Bavaria. Despite worldwide activities and a second company headquarters in Berlin, it remains a primarily Bavarian company. The company has more than a dozen locations in Bavaria.

The mechanical engineering expertise of Siemens is primarily related to energy. Turbines, generators and compressors are necessary to produce electricity. Power plant technology is a classic Siemens business area. As an electronics company, Siemens also offers digital solutions for process optimization in mechanical and plant engineering.

2nd place: Krones AG, Neutraubling: 4.0 billion euros in sales (2019)

Krones in Neutraubling near Regensburg has specialised in lines and machines for beverage production, filling, and packaging. Corresponding solutions are also offered for liquid foods.

Krones is an internationally oriented corporate group with numerous subsidiaries. More than 80 per cent of its sales are generated abroad. The company has over 16,000 employees, almost 11,000 of them in Germany.

3rd place: Kuka AG, Augsburg: 3.2 bn euros in sales (2019)

Kuka can trace its history back to 1898 and today employs over 14,000 people. In 2016, the Chinese Midea Group acquired almost 95 percent of Kuka’s shares. Midea is a manufacturer of supply technology and household appliances in China.

Kuka has five divisions: Kuka Systems, Kuka Robotics, Swisslog Logistics Automation, Swisslog Healthcare, and China. Kuka Robotics manufactures industrial robots and automated production solutions. The Systems division provides automated production and assembly solutions.

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Electrical installation refers to the erection of electrical systems with low voltage. Electrical installation is a common trade and an important subtask in the construction of buildings. Electrical installation technology companies supply the necessary equipment and materials. Here are the 3 largest German companies dealing with electrical installation technology.

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1st place: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin: 86.8 billion euros (2019)

Siemens is a global company that offers an unmanageable number of products, solutions, and systems in the fields of technology and electrical engineering. With approximately 385,000 employees, 125 locations in Germany alone, and a presence in 190 countries around the world, Siemens is a true heavyweight and a global player.

Electrical installation technology is only a small business segment. One example of Siemen’s offerings here are systems for low-voltage power distribution. They enable seamless connection of power distribution to automation and energy management systems, which are important for networked building operation and for flexible power distribution.

2nd place: Hager SE, Blieskastel: 2 billion euros turnover (2019)

Hager SE is an owner-managed family business that was founded in 1995 in Blieskastel in the Saarland. It operates on the market as the Hager Group. The company is focused entirely on electrical installations in residential, industrial and commercial properties.

With approx. 11,500 employees, Hager manufactures at 22 locations in 10 countries and sells electrical installation technology worldwide. The product range comprises four divisions: Energy distribution and meter panel systems, cable management and room connection systems, security systems, switch ranges, and building control. They also cooperate with Audi in the field of electric mobility.

3rd place: Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH, Lüdenscheid: 475 million euros (2019)

Busch-Jaeger Elektro is part of the Swedish-Swiss power and automation technology group ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) and has been in existence since 1879. The production of parts for electrical installations forms the company business model. The product range comprises approx. 6,000 different products.

Busch-Jaeger supplies classic switches, sockets, plug devices, dimmers or motion detectors, but also stands for smart home solutions, and networked building technology. Production locations are Lüdenscheid and Bad Berleburg-Aue. Busch Jager employs around 1,300 people and exports its products to more than 60 countries.

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The semiconductor industry is a sub-sector of the electrical industry that deals with semiconductor production. These are electrically conductive, solid materials that are used in electronics (for example in microprocessors or microcontrollers). Many semiconductor components are made of silicon. In this article, we present the 3 largest semiconductor manufacturers in Germany.

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1st place: Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg: Euro 8.0 billion in revenues (2018/19)

Infineon Technologies has been around since 1999, when Siemens spun off its semiconductor business into a new company. Today, Infineon is mainly in free float and Siemens no longer holds any shares. The company has more than 41,000 employees and operates worldwide.

Semiconductor production continues to be Infineon’s core business. It is divided into the Automotive, Digital Security Solutions, Industrial Power Control, and Power Management & Multimarket divisions. For the automotive industry, Infineon supplies semiconductor products for use in powertrains, comfort electronics, and security systems. The company also manufactures semiconductors for telephony, household appliances, computer electronics, and machinery.

2nd place: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Oberkochen: 1.6 billion euros in sales (2018/19)

Carl Zeiss SMT has been a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG since the end of 2016 with an almost 25 percent shareholding of the Dutch company ASML. The abbreviation SMT stands for Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The subsidiary bundles the semiconductor activities of the Zeiss Group. Carl Zeiss SMT employs around 2,800 people at five locations.

The business focuses on optics for semiconductor manufacturing. They specialize in photolithography – a central method of semiconductor and microsystems technology for the production of integrated circuits. In addition, Carl Zeiss SMT manufactures many other optics, such as optical parts for lasers.

3rd place: Siltronic AG, Munich: 1.3 billion euros (2019)

Siltronic was founded in 1968 as Wacker Chemitronik GmbH. This became Siltronic in 1996. There is still a connection to the Wacker Chemie Group. He holds just over 30 percent of Siltronic’s shares, the rest of the shares are in free float.

Siltronic has almost 4,000 employees and, apart from Germany, produces in the USA (Portland) and in Singapore. The company is entirely focused on silicon wafers. These are circular, thin silicon plates used in microelectronics, photovoltaics and microsystems technology. They are used as electronic components.

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The Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region and the surrounding area of Bremen are at the centre of the electrical engineering industry in Lower Saxony. The industry employs around 65,000 people (including Bremen) and represents an annual turnover of approx. 13 billion euros. The following is an overview of the three largest electrical engineering companies in Niedersachsen. These are also part of our list of the top 200 electrical engineering companies in Germany.

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1st place: Continental AG, Hanover: 44.5 billion euros in sales (2019)

Continental AG battles Robert Bosch GmbH for the title of world’s largest automotive supplier. The name Continental reigns above all in the Rubber Technologies division. The business’s second pillar is the Automotive Technologies division. Here Continental develops electronic braking systems, solutions for passenger protection, comfort electronics, and drive technology, among other things.

Continental employs more than 241,000 people worldwide and has 540 locations in 40 countries. The largest shareholder is the Schaeffler Holding. Continental AG and Schaeffler AG – another major automotive supplier – are sister companies.

2nd place: Lenze SE, Aerzen-Groß Berkel: 788 million Euro turnover (2018/19)

The name Lenze has been synonymous with drive technology and automation since its beginnings in 1947. From small beginnings the company in Aerzen-Groß Berkel near Hameln has developed into an internationally operating group of companies. Today Lenze SE employs almost 4,000 people and has locations in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Lenze produces a wide variety of electrical engineering products: drives, automation systems, inverters, servo systems, controllers, industrial PCs, electric motors and gearboxes. Customers can be found in the automotive, printing, packaging, and textile industries, among others. Lenze solutions can also be used in airport and warehouse logistics.

3rd place: STIEBEL ELTRON GmbH & Co. KG, Holzminden: 550 million euros turnover (2018)

For almost 100 years the name STIEBEL ELTRON has stood for electrical, hot water, and heating appliances. The company’s best-known products are probably its instantaneous water heaters. Originally founded in 1924 in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the company headquarters were moved to Holzminden during the Second World War. Today around 3,700 employees work for STIEBEL ELTRON, approx. 1,400 of them in Holzminden.

STIEBEL ELTRON has seven more locations in Germany, but also produces in Slovakia, Thailand, and China. The products are sold worldwide. In addition to the classic STIEBEL ELTRON product portfolio, the company also offers systems for using renewable energies, heat pump heating systems, and systems for heat recovery.

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There are around 1,100 electrical engineering companies in North Rhine-Westphalia and most of them are medium-sized. They focus on automation, lighting, and installation technology. With 155,000 jobs and an annual turnover of 37 billion euros, the electrical industry is one of the most important industrial sectors in the state. Here are the three largest electrical engineering suppliers in NRW. They are also part of our list of the top 200 electrical engineering companies in Germany.

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1st place: HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: 7.0 billion euros (2018/19)

HELLA is a leading automotive supplier specialising in lamps and lighting. The company employs almost 39,000 people worldwide at over 125 locations in more than 35 countries. HELLA’s core business is artificial lighting on and in vehicles, so the connection to electrical engineering is inevitable.

HELLA produces headlamps, lights, and interior lighting, as well as special signalling systems (“Martinshorn”, flashing lights). In addition, the production programme has been expanded to include camera-based driver assistance systems, electronic control units, and a large number of other electrotechnical and electronic applications.

2nd place: Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH, Lüdenscheid: 475 million euros (2019)

Busch-Jaeger Elektro belongs to the Swiss electrical group ABB and was founded as early as 1879. The production of parts for electrical installations forms the business model. The product range is comprised of approx. 6,000 different products.

Busch-Jaeger supplies classic switches, sockets, plugs, dimmers, or motion detectors, but also offers smart home solutions and networked building technology. Production takes place in Lüdenscheid and Bad Berleburg-Aue. Busch Jager employs around 1,300 people and exports its products to more than 60 countries.

3rd place: EMG Automation GmbH, Wenden (Sauerland): approx. 200 million Euro (no current turnover available)

EMG Automation offers automation solutions for the manufacturing industry and is a subsidiary of Elexis AG, which in turn is part of the SMS group. This company is owned by the entrepreneurial family Weiß. EMG Automation was founded in 1946 and today employs about 1,200 people worldwide.

EMG’s products are designed for automated, continuous production processes in the metal, paper and plastics industry as well as in the foil and tire industry. The company supplies series products, individual components, and system solutions. They focus on quality assurance, strip guiding systems, electro-hydraulic lifting devices, and control systems.

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More than 200 chemical companies with around 55,000 employees are located in Bavaria. A geographical focus of the industry is the Bavarian Chemical Triangle in eastern Upper Bavaria. However, there are also many chemical companies outside of the region, most of which produce preliminary products for other industries. Below is a list of the 3 largest chemical companies in Bavaria. These are also part of our list of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.

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1st place: Gebr. Knauf KG, Iphofen: 7.6 billion euros (2019)

In the small Lower Franconian town of Iphofen in the district of Kitzingen, one does not necessarily expect a company with worldwide activities. But this is the Gebr. Knauf KG, whose origins lie in a gypsum factory in the Saarland. The family-owned company is divided into a number of individual companies.

Today the name Knauf stands for a wide range of chemically-based building materials for the construction industry. Knauf manufactures and sells plaster and facade systems, dry screed, plasterboard for dry construction, insulation materials and packaging as well as machines for plaster and mortar processing. The group has 35,000 employees and is represented in 86 countries worldwide.

2nd place: Wacker Chemie AG, Munich: 4.9 billion euros in sales (2019)

Ethene and silicon – these are the two basic raw materials used by Wacker-Chemie AG. Founded in 1914, the Bavarian chemical company is now a global player with 23 production sites on three continents and sales in over 100 countries worldwide. Nearly 15,000 employees work in the company, where the Wacker family continues to call the shots.

Wacker Chemie has four divisions: Polysilicone (polysilicon for solar solutions), Silicones (approx. 2800 silicone products as precursors for various industries), Polymers (polymeric binders: including adhesives, mortars, paints, concrete binders), and Biosolutions (production processes for bioactive substances and pharmaceutical proteins).

3rd place: Hexal AG, Holzkirchen (Upper Bavaria): 1.4 billion euros turnover (2019)

Hexal is a well-known manufacturer of generic drugs. These are imitation versions with the same active ingredients as well-known drugs that are also approved for sale. The company, which now has 3,700 employees, was founded in 1986 by the twin Strüngmann brothers.

In 2005 it was sold to the Swiss Novartis Group, a leading global pharmaceutical and biotech conglomerate. Within the Novartis Group, Hexal is part of the Sandoz subgroup, which is now also based in Holzkirchen. The name Sandoz is linked to the former Sandoz Group. Novartis was created in 1996 from the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz (old).

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The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is better known as a port and trading metropolis than as a chemical location. However, well-known chemical companies are based in Hamburg and its surrounding area. They generate around nine percent of the turnover of the chemical industry in Germany – over 9 billion euros p.a. These are the 3 largest chemical companies in Hamburg. They are part of our list of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.

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1st place: Helm AG, Hamburg: 8.3 billion euros turnover (2019)

Helm was founded in 1900 as an import and export company in Hamburg. As it changed ownership, the company specialised in the chemical trade after the 2nd World War. Today, Helm is an internationally operating wholesaler of chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and fertilizers.

The family business has over 1,600 employees and is represented by more than 100 branches in around 30 countries. Trade and distribution take place worldwide. On a smaller scale, Helm is involved in methanol production and biotechnologies in various countries through cooperations and partnerships.

2nd place: Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg: 7.7 billion euros sales (2019)

Beiersdorf was founded in 1892 by the Hamburg pharmacist Paul C. Beiersdorf. Today the company is active worldwide and employs almost 21,000 people. Beiersdorf AG is majority-owned by Maxingvest AG, which is backed by the Herz family of entrepreneurs. Maxingvest is also the sole owner of Tchibo.

Beiersdorf is known above all for its branded products in the cosmetics, skin, hair and body care sectors. Brands such as Niveau, Labello, 8×4, and Hansaplast are represented in the majority of German households. Beiersdorf has two business segments: Consumer and tesa. The tesa subgroup produces adhesive tapes.

3rd place: Evotec SE, Hamburg: 446 million euros sales (2019)

Evotec SE is one of the world’s leading drug discovery and development companies. The company was founded in 1993 by Nobel Prize winner Manfred Eigen and various other renowned scientists. Today, Evotec employs around 2,600 people, of which about 2,000 are scientists.

Active ingredient research is the company’s core business. It is carried out in cooperation with renowned partners from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Research focuses on neuroscience, pain causes and treatment, metabolic and inflammatory diseases as well as oncology.

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From football to family offices: Bum Bright did it all. Formally named Harvey Roberts “Bum” Bright, he was an American businessman, philanthropist, and owner of the Dallas Cowboys from 1984 to 1989. But his legacy lives on today through his real estate development organization, Bright Industries and the related family office, Bright Equities.

Bright Industries

Founded in 1950 by Bum Bright, Bright Industries focusses on real estate development and home building operations. Today the organization is led by Bum’s sons Chris and Clay Bright who
direct the real estate activities and 300+ employees within the organization.

Its real estate development and home building operations span an array of prestigious projects for wealth clients, from mansions to commercial real estate and golf courses.  

Bright Equities

Bright Equities is the family’s financial firm which offers full family office services. The Texas firm now spans four generations and claims to be extremely client-focussed. Like many family offices, it was originally a Single Family office that served only the needs of the Bright Family, but it has evolved to now provide resource management for other select families. It also offers capital advisory services, investment and asset management solutions through their subsidiary Bright Wealth Management and risk management solutions through their subsidiary Bright Insurance Services.

List of Family offices in Germany, United States and UK

Many of the world’s most prominent family offices are based in the United States, but Germany boasts some very established ones itself. Read our blog post Three German Single Family Offices To Watch In 2018 to learn more about them. Research Germany offers research into single family and multi family offices. Take a look at our lists of Top 150 Single Family Offices in Germany, Top 150 Single Family Offices North America, or Top 75 Family Offices UK. You can also write us through our direct chat and ask how we can send you preview files or get you customized research tailored to your needs.

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