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Adding value to the local economy

Munich maintains its importance as a venue for production in Bavaria. This adds considerable value to the local economy, as well as creating a wide range of jobs and apprenticeships for local residents.

The manufacturing industry comprises automotive and mechanical engineering, chemicals, the metalworking industry and the food industry.


According to the Bavarian State Statistical Office, a total revenue of EUR 334 billion was realized by Bavaria's manufacturing industry in 2016 - a rise of 5.1% year on year.*


Munich's manufacturing industry generated total revenue of EUR 31.3 billion in 2015. International sales generated revenue of EUR 21.1 billion for Munich-based companies.

The manufacturing industry in Munich has a strong focus on exports, with the export ratio standing at 67.4% in 2015 – far higher than the figure of 54.0% for Bavaria as a whole.**

Outside the country's borders, Munich's industrial companies are thus symbolic of all that is good about “made in Germany”. Automotive giants BMW Group and MAN SE are both headquartered here. The high-tech industries too are well represented by major companies such as MTU Aero Engines, Krauss Maffei Wegmann, vehicle and machinery specialists iwis Group and Meiller Kipper, as well as Klüber Lubrication, the world's biggest supplier of industrial lubricants. Traditionally, six world-famous breweries are the best-known standard bearers of Munich's food industry, while smaller brands such as Bernbacher, Develey and Dallmayr are also known well beyond the boundaries of the Bavarian capital.

Importance of the manufacturing industry 

A positive revenue trend confirms that manufacturing is continuing to increase its share of value added, even in the context of structural transition.

Looking at gross value added, Munich's manufacturing industry accounted for 21.2% of the total amount (figures from 2014). And this percentage even increased in recent years: In 2010 it accounted for 18.3% and in 2000 for 16.7%.

Contrary to fears repeatedly voiced, this industry is retaining its importance to the Munich economy. It is also a key driver in stimulating company-related services - for example consulting or research & development.

* Figures are counting companies with 50 and more employées.

** Due to changes to the way statistical data is recorded, currently only the past two years can be compared and data for 2016 is not yet available.

Status: November 2017