Germany and the automotive industry have a long history. It is the country, where Carl Benz produced the first automobile back in the 19th century. Today, Germany is the fourth largest motor vehicle manufacturer in the world after China, the USA and Japan. The industry is a driving force for many other branches of industry; a large network of suppliers from mechanical engineering, metal processing, textile and chemical industries supplies the automotive industry and benefits from its high order volume.
Although automotive competence centers is spread all over Germany, there are areas where the automotive know-how is more concentrated: one of these locations is FrankfurtRheinMain. The region is a highly profitable place for value-adding companies within the whole vertical supply chain, e.g. tires, safety, lightweight design, dyes, parts and services.
Also progress and research is of great importance in the region. The greater Frankfurt area is home of the European design and R&D centres of many international players. Especially for Korean and Japanese automotive manufacturers the region is the preferred location for design and R&D. The short distances to their clients were the main argument to the numerous R&D competence centers of OEMs, round 70 engineering service providers and over 400 tier-1/2/3 suppliers to settle in FrankfurtRheinMain. There is no domination by any OEM, the Frankfurt area is rather seen as a neutral region which is characterised by a very cooperative climate (industry map) with strong ties to all relevant OEM production sites in Europe.
Enabled by stable political and legal conditions on the one hand, and by the proximity to a highly skilled workforce through the region’s universities and technical colleges on the other hand, a strong industrial cluster has been created and it is still growing. In favour of short delivery times and state of the art freight villages, FrankfurtRheinMain is the location of choice due to its central geographical location in continental Europe.
The Frankfurt region enjoys excellent transport connections by road, rail and air – one more reason why the Automechanika takes place here every two years alternating with the IAA Passenger Cars (International Motor Show).