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View of Nuremberg with Lorenzkirche

Nuremberg – A dynamic site for high tech, industry, and innovative services

At first glance, Nuremberg’s image – and its cityscape – are defined by its historic centre, with the medieval Imperial Castle as its imposing trademark. Other features commonly associated with the city are its Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) and its local specialties – beer, lebkuchen (gingerbread) and bratwurst (Nuremberg sausages). But that cosy first impression can be deceiving. Because Nuremberg and its entire Metropolitan Region are one of the ten most dynamic economic regions in Europe, thanks to their high-innovation economic structure sustained by small and medium-sized businesses. Nuremberg is holding its own as a site for high tech, industry and innovative services, punching above its weight in economic output.

The Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region is home to some 150,000 companies from all sectors, 25,000 of them within the city limits alone. They include a good mix of global players (like adidas, Datev, Siemens), hidden champions (like uvex, Barth & Sohn) and young start-ups, especially in tech (now-established examples: FlixBus & immowelt.de). And the Zollhof – Tech Incubator is one of Germany’s fastest-growing incubators for new businesses.

Nuremberg’s sector skills

Three skills areas are the most significant for Nuremberg as a city:

  • Information & Communications: 10.3% of Nuremberg’s working population is active in this field, placing the city third in the country after Munich and Bonn.
  • Medicine & Health: The Nuremberg Region is the home of “Medical Valley”, a medical technology cluster that is among the international leaders. Jointly with Zollhof, it was named a “Digital Health Hub” in 2017, one of the German economy ministry’s twelve national Digital Hubs.
  • Energy & Environment: Nuremberg is home to multiple institutions like the Energie Campus Nürnberg and the H2.B – Wasserstoffzentrum Bayern hydrogen centre.

But Nuremberg and its Metropolitan Region also have significant capabilities in other sectors like Automation & Production Technology, Automotive, New Materials, and Transport & Logistics.

Digitalisation: A driving force

The region’s success in recent years is founded on Nuremberg’s strong digitalisation capabilities as a business location, and its close, vigorous cooperation among business, government and research. The region’s special ecosystem of innovation now sets it apart with cross-cluster solutions in four science-based, forward-looking fields for action: networked mobility, the digital healthcare industry, networked production, and sustainable energy systems.

You can find out more about Nuremberg as a business location at: www.nuernberg.de/internet/wirtschaft/wirtschaftsstandort.html(please switch language for English version)

You can find out more about business in the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg at: www.metropolregionnuernberg.de/fuer-unternehmen/wirtschaft-infrastruktur (in German; English available soon)

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Sources: European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg, City of Nuremberg Business Promotion Office; publications: Wirtschaftsstandort Nürnberg: Positionsbestimmung 2020 (Nuremberg as a Business Location: Position 2020) (in German) (Nuremberg Municipal Business Department, 2020), Leitbild WaBe (Sustainable Growth and Employment Model): Update of the Sustainable Growth and Employment Model for the Nuremberg European Metropolitan Region (in German) (Nuremberg ICC for Middle Franconia, 2016)
Fotos: Altstadt Nürnberg / Nuremberg Old Town © Florian Trykowski
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