German companies are also focusing on the cutting-edge field of additive
Germany already has a strong reputation when it comes to
image processing and laser fabrication as well as the new technologies paving
the way for industrial 3D printers. All this will potentially lead to major advances
in industrial manufacturing in the future. According to consulting firm Roland
Berger, 70% of industrial companies worldwide that require 3D printers for
metalworking – for example to make prototypes of new car or machinery parts –
are looking to buy in Germany.
Laser microprocessing, with its high-volume markets, is a growth area in the
electronics sector. A succession of laser innovations, laser technologies and
laser applications are securing Germany’s future competitiveness in this
For many decades mechanical engineering has been the driver of technology in
industry. The European Patent Office has once again confirmed that German
machine manufacturers can look to the future with optimism.
According to its statistics around a quarter of all engineering patents over the past decade have
been registered to an address in Germany, which is more than any other