Machine and Plant Engineering and ConstructionMechanical engineering is a key sector in Saxon industry and thus also of Dresden industry. Its long history stretches back into the nineteenth century: the first German steam locomotive, the 'Saxonia,' was built by Andreas Schubert in Dresden.
Today, about 40 companies with roughly 4,000 workers work in the field of mechanical engineering and plant construction. Their focus is on custom engineering and special-purpose machines in the fields of:
- Packaging Machines and Machine Tools
- Testing Systems
- Mining Machines
The VEMAS Saxony Mechanical Engineering network brings together companies and research institutes to develop new products and procedures, thus supporting drivers of innovation in mechanical engineering and plant construction.
Qualified specialists, top research and technology transfer in the growing fields of new-generation materials, nanotechnology and microelectronics also increase the innovation and competitiveness of local companies.
The biggest automotive manufacturer in Europe has also made the most of Dresden's skills in mechanical engineering: since 2002 Volkswagen has produced its top-class sedan, the Phaeton, in the heart of the city.
- VEM Sachsenwerk GmbH: Builds engines for subways, locomotives, cement works, sea water desalination plants and heavy capacity flatcars all round the world.
- Linde Engineering Dresden GmbH: One of the world's leading companies for the planning, supply and construction of plant for the chemicals, gas, biotechnology and pharmaceutics industries.
- DAS Environmental Expert GmbH: develops and produces products and as well as solutions for the treatment and recycling of harmful gases and wastewater.