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German Industry

Discover Germany’s strength across a multitude of industry sectors

German Economy

Germany is one of the world’s strongest economies. It is a major player in manufacturing machinery, including cars and computers.

Leipzig’s economy and industry are seeing a promising boom, with a focus on manufacturing, technology, finance, and the arts, making it a great place to study and launch your career.

Some key indicators of the strength of Germany’s economy include:

  • 3rd largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world
  • Largest economy in the European Union
  • Germany’s main exports are cars, machinery, chemicals, computers, and electronics
  • 11th in the Index of Economic Freedom, 2022
  • 27% GDP growth in 2021
  • Low unemployment rate (3.5%), destatis 2024

Strong Career Prospects

Leipzig is both Germany’s fastest growing city and fastest growing economy, offering terrific career opportunities after graduation, including via the 18-month post-study residence permit.

The city is an important industrial centre. As well as being a magnet for young creatives, Leipzig is also a hotspot for tech and IT companies and growing it’s international footprint.

International industry giants from across a number of sectors continue to heavily invest and set up their headquarters in Leipzig. From automotive brands like Porsche and BMW, manufacturers including Siemens and DB Schenker, logistics companies such as DHL and Amazon, to pioneering research institutes and creative and media companies – each are contributing to the city’s strong and varied economy.

Germany Works

In Germany you will find a highly skilled workforce, excellent infrastructure, world-leading industries, a stable society and a great quality of life.

Study in Leipzig and benefit from these industry connections during study and upon graduation, in what is becoming a very international city.

Germany works, because all of its parts work smoothly together. Watch this video by our partner German Trade and Invest.

Germany Works

Industry in Leipzig

From its imperial fairs of the 1400s, to the important trade role it played during Germany’s industrial revolution, Leipzig has a long history of entrepreneurship.

Although it suffered some economic decline after World War 2, the city’s industrial strength has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. Leipzig is now the fastest growing city in Germany as well as enjoying a booming population growth.

Thanks to this, DHL, Amazon, Siemens, BMW, Porsche and many IT start-ups have set up shop in the city. The five main industries in Leipzig are: Automotive and Suppliers, Healthcare and Biotech, Energy and Environment, Logistics, IT, and Media and Creative.

Bright Future in Leipzig

The fastest growing city region in Germany, this video by our partner Invest Region Leipzig, highlights a few key reasons why businesses are choosing to expand to Leipzig, Germany. With the youngest demographic in the country, Leipzig combines a sense of space with strong technical infrastructure built around a busy logistics hub.

Invest Region Leipzig - The Brightest Indeed

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