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Top 2000 Industrial Companies in Germany - List of the Largest Industrial Companies

  • Database

  • September 2022
  • Region: Germany
  • Research Germany
  • ID: 5470947

Directory of the largest industrial companies in Germany for direct download as Excel list

The publisher offers a unique overview of the German industry - easily downloadable as Excel list. Our list covers all sectors of the German industry, from traditional mechanical engineering to chemical companies. The more than 1,000 companies listed are active in various directions, whether as construction suppliers or automotive suppliers. Our list contains detailed sales figures for 2015-2018, based on the annual reports published in the financial statements. Through our industry list you can acquire new customers, win partners and conduct market analyses. The practical Excel format also makes it easy to transfer the list to your CRM system (if desired).

This information is included in the database

  • Company name
  • General contact information (address, e-mail address, telephone number, URL)
  • Names of the executives
  • Revenue figures for 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 and number of employees (taken from the annual and consolidated financial statements)
  • Field of activity

Where Are the Headquarters of Germany’s 2,000 Largest Industrial Manufacturers?

The largest industrial companies in Germany included in the list are active in the following areas:

  • Electrical industry (see: list of the largest companies in the electrical industry), e.g. Infineon Technologies, Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH
  • Automotive supply industry (see: list of the largest automotive suppliers), e.g. Robert Bosch GmbH, Webasto SE
  • Medical technology (see: list of the largest medical technology companies), e.g. Siemens Healthineers AG, KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG
  • Mechanical engineering (see: list of the largest mechanical engineering companies), e.g. Krones AG, GEA Group AG
  • Construction supply industry (see: list of the largest construction supply companies), e.g. HeidelbergCement AG, Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Vehicle manufacturer, e.g. Daimler AG
  • Optics, e.g. Carl Zeiss AG
  • Glass and ceramics, e.g. Schott AG
  • Tool manufacturer, e.g. Leistritz AG

List of the 10 largest industrial companies in Germany

In Germany, industry still accounts for almost a quarter of gross value added. This is one of the highest shares in comparison with the western industrialised countries. Automotive and mechanical engineering are key sectors. There are also many other important industrial sectors. This is also reflected in the list of the TOP 10 German industrial companies:

#1: Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg: Revenues of €252.6 Billion (2019)

Volkswagen is competing with Toyota and General Motors to become the world’s largest car manufacturer. The group has over 670,000 employees worldwide. Industrial production takes place in the automotive sector and includes passenger cars, commercial vehicles and drive technology (power engineering). The main plant is located in Wolfsburg. The second Group division covers financial services including leasing, dealer financing and fleet business. In addition to the core Volkswagen brand, passenger car production includes the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat, Skoda and Porsche brands. Commercial vehicle brands are Scania and MAN. Volkswagen’s majority shareholder is Porsche Automobil Holding SE (53.1 percent). Other important shareholders are the State of Lower Saxony (11.8 percent) and Quatar Holding (14.6 percent).

#2: Daimler AG, Stuttgart: Revenues of €172.7 Billion (2019)

Like Carl Benz, the name Gottlieb Daimler stands for German automotive history. Today, Daimler AG is the second largest German automobile manufacturer with almost 300,000 employees around the globe. The company has been trading as Daimler AG since 2007 after the demerger of Daimler and Chrysler. The group has three divisions managed as a company: Mercedes-Benz AG (passenger cars), Daimler Truck AG (trucks, commercial vehicles) and Daimler Mobility AG (financing, leasing). Important production sites in Germany are Stuttgart-Sindelfingen, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Rastatt. Production takes place worldwide.

#3: BMW AG, Munich: Revenues of €104.2 Billion (2019)

On the market, the BMW Group operates as the BMW Group. “BMW” stands for “Bavarian Motor Works”. From its beginnings as an engine manufacturer, BMW has developed into Germany’s third largest automobile producer. Premium vehicles and motorcycles characterize the BMW brand. Other group brands - through BMW subsidiaries - are Mini and Rolls-Royce. The BMW headquarters is located in Munich, the largest production site in Germany is in Dingolfing. BMW also produces in Great Britain, Austria, the USA and China. The BMW Group has almost 134,000 employees. The Quandt family of entrepreneurs (mainly Susanne Klatten) holds substantial shares in the Group, the majority (53.2 per cent) is free float.

#4: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin: Revenues of  €86.6 Billion (2019)

Siemens has written German industrial history. Today, Siemens is a globally active conglomerate focusing on technology and electrical engineering. It consists of numerous German and international group companies with a total of 385,000 employees. The diverse production program includes automation and drive technology, generators, turbines and compressors, medical technology, power plant technology, safety technology, rail vehicles and railway technology. The founding family of Siemens continues to hold a 6 percent stake, with institutional investors holding 70 percent of the shares.

#5: Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart: Revenues of  €77.7 Billion (2019)

Bosch emerged from a Stuttgart backyard workshop for precision mechanics and electrical engineering founded in 1886. Today, with almost 400,000 associates, it is a globally operating conglomerate and one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. The company is over 90 percent owned by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The automotive supply sector - automotive engineering - accounts for some 60 percent of Bosch sales. Other important areas include industrial technology (Rexroth), consumer goods (household appliances - BSH Hausgeräte GmbH - and power tools), and energy technology - and building technology (with the Junkers, Buderus, Loos, and Bosch Security Systems brands).

#6: AUDI AG, Ingolstadt: Revenues of €55.7 Billion (2019)

AUDI is a traditional German car brand and has been part of the Volkswagen Group since the 1960s. Today the AUDI brand stands for premium vehicles. Within VW, AUDI AG forms a relatively independent sub-group and employs a good 90,000 people. AUDI also includes the sports car manufacturer Lamborghini and the motorcycle manufacturer Ducati - both Italian companies. German production sites are Ingolstadt (parent plant) and the nearby Münchsmünster, Neckarsulm and Heilbronn. AUDI also produces in Belgium, Spain, Slovakia, Hungary and Russia, as well as in China, India, Mexico and Brazil.

#7: Continental AG, Hanover: Revenues of €44.5 Billion (2019)

From a small Hanoverian rubber factory bought in 1869, Continental has developed into one of the largest automotive suppliers in Germany and worldwide. For many decades, Continental’s business model consisted solely of tire production. In recent years, the Automotive Technologies division has been established as a second pillar. The focus is on solutions for autonomous driving, driving safety and driving networking. Continental employs more than 241,000 people. The Schaeffler Holding of the Schaeffler family of entrepreneurs has a significant influence on Continental with a 46 percent share. Schaeffler AG - also an automotive supplier - is a sister company.

#8: thyssenkrupp AG, Essen: Revenues of €42.0 Billion (2019)

The names “Thyssen” and “Krupp” stand for two industrial giants on the Rhine and Ruhr. The thyssenkrupp group was formed in 1999 through the merger of Friedrich Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp with Thyssen AG. The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation holds just under 21 percent of the shares in the company. Although today a diversified industrial group, thyssenkrupp AG is still Germany’s biggest steel producer. The business of thyssenkrupp is divided into five areas: Components Technology, Elevator Technology, Industrial Solutions, Materials Services and Steel Europe. The Group has over 162,000 employees worldwide.

#9: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen: Revenues of €36.5 Billion (2019)

ZF Friedrichshafen is a leading global driveline and chassis technology company with approximately 260 locations in 41 countries. The company’s history began in 1917 as a gear factory - hence the name “ZF” - with significant participation of Luftschiff Zeppelin GmbH. Today, ZF Friedrichshafen is over 90 percent owned by the Zeppelin Foundation, which is administered by the city of Friedrichshafen. The company’s business is divided into the divisions Car Driveline Technology, Car Chassis Technology, Commercial Vehicle Technology, and Industrial Technology. ZF Friedrichshafen employs approximately 160,000 people.

#10: Opel Automobile GmbH, Rüsselsheim: Revenues of €18.7 Billion (2018)

Opel is one of the oldest car manufacturers in Germany. The group was founded in 1862 and has its headquarters in Rüsselsheim am Main. In recent years, the industrial company has changed ownership several times: from General Motors to the French Groupe PSA.