Machine and Plant Engineering and Construction

Mechanical 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
  • Drives
  • 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.

Important Businesses

  • 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.
Key Sectors - Wide Range of Sectors - Machine and Plant Engineering and Construction – science location – Office of Economic Development Dresden (Saxony)

Well-tuned Production System

PIA|nova®, made by VON ARDENNE, is an example of Dresden plant constructors' high level of skill.

Automotive Engineering Perfection

Volkswagen produces its top-class sedan, the Phaeton, at the Transparent Factory. Robots are only used to take the load off human beings.

Systematically Self-Reliant

The custom-built units at XENON Automatisierungstechnik GmbH ensure that even highly complex production processes can run automatically.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.