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Focus on branches

Automotive technology

Taking the settling of BMW in the city in the eighties and the development competence of Continental AG in Regensburg as a starting point, automotive technology has become a major focal point encompassing suppliers, developers and universities.

Thanks to the leading market position of the companies located in Regensburg and their consistent investment activities Regensburg now counts among the technological strongholds in the German automotive industry.

Biotechnology

The first cluster was started in Regensburg in the year 1996 in the field of biotechnology. Thanks to the expertise of the University Clinics, the University and the Technical University a development was triggered that is today unmatched anywhere in the Federal Republic.

After just 15 years Regensburg has become the number 2 in biotechnology behind Munich in Bavaria and the construction of the BioPark III demonstrates quite clearly its development potential.

BioPark Regensburg GmbH, a subsidiary of the City of Regensburg, is responsible for cluster management in the field of biotechnology. It is in charge of Bioregio Regensburg and successfully operates the BioPark Regensburg.

Electrical engineering

With Infineon, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Siemens and many other innovative companies, Regensburg is a centre of electrical engineering. Starting with the former Siemens sites in the western and eastern parts of the city, the electrical engineering cluster has expanded successfully in Regensburg in recent years. Whether you are talking about components for mobile phones, chip cards, LED applications, installation technologies or semiconductor applications in industry, it is all "Made in Regensburg“.

Energy

has a long tradition in Regensburg and has become a major focal point of the high-tech location. In this field Regensburg is home to several internationally renowned companies such as Schneider Electric, which employs approximately 850 people, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen with approx. 2,500 employees and SGB Starkstrom Gerätebau with approx. 700 employees. In addition Germany’s largest regional energy provider, Bayernwerk, has its headquarters in Regensburg.

IT- Security

In recent years Regensburg has developed to become a centre and driving force of the IT region of the Upper Palatine. Regensburg ranks close behind Munich and Nuremburg as the third major IT location in Bavaria. There are about 20,000 people employed in the approximately 1000 companies located in the economic region. In other words, the IT branch accounts for every ninth job in Regensburg. Telekom, Siemens, Infineon, Toshiba and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors are just a few of the globally active concerns to be mentioned in this respect. 

The renowned IT chairs at the University and Technical University of Regensburg contribute enormously to the success of the location.

Regensburg’s universities have gained an excellent reputation with six IT degree courses at the University and Technical University as well as the Institut für Bankinformatik and the Software Engineering Competence Centre that was founded in 2004. Around 1000 graduates from IT-relevant courses complete their studies in Regensburg every year. International congresses such as the ECIS (European Conference on Information Systems) ensure that the importance of the City of Regensburg is established far beyond the borders of Germany.

A major factor in the development of the location is active support for founders of IT companies. The IT- Speicher is therefore the nucleus of the emerging IT location; a technology centre and incubator for innovative IT companies subsidized by the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Regensburg. The largest IT incubator in Bavaria offers IT start ups modern offices of various sizes as well as a complete office infrastructure.

Mechanical engineering

Regensburg's strengths in this field are demonstrated primarily in special machine engineering, as well as automation and production engineering. In addition to KRONES, the world market leader for brewing and beverage technology, situated in the greater Regensburg area, you can find a series of highly-innovative machine engineering firms in the city that all share a common goal: a high level of innovation and market leadership in their sector.

 

No matter which company you name: STS Stahltechnik, a container manufacturer, MDS in the field of production engineering, or Minikomp Bogner, manufacturer of production systems for automation – they all feel at home in Regensburg from where they are successfully conquering the world market.

Sensor technology

Sensors are the sensory organs of machines and their importance in the innovation process cannot be stressed highly enough. For Regensburg sensor technology is a key cross-sector technology. The competitive edge that many companies in Regensburg have depends on their ability in using sensors to stay a step ahead of their competitors. 

Networking the activities of R&D and business in the field of sensor technology was the driving force behind the creation of the Regensburg sensor technology cluster, whose development has been advanced by the Economic Development Department since 2003 within the framework of a federal research project. The outcome of the networking process is the Strategic Partnership for Sensor Technologies, which acts as the platform for the Bavarian Cluster for Sensor Technologies and is currently the largest and most successful network for sensor technologies in Germany.