Economic region Rhein-Neckar

Mannheim is the heart of Germany's seventh-largest metropolitan area - the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. As an industrial location, Mannheim is always ranked first in official rankings. The central location in the heart of Europe and easy access to all traffic routes such as federal motorways, railways and waterways as well as the proximity to the airports Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart make Mannheim a popular location for international companies. Around 146,000 companies, including ten of the 100 highest listed companies, have their headquarters in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. In addition to world-class companies, many medium-sized companies, hidden champions and innovative start-ups are located in the region.

The economy in Rhein-Neckar is characterized by a healthy future-oriented mix of industries. The focus is on:

  •      Plant and mechanical engineering
         (e.g., Caterpillar, GE Power, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, KSB)
  •      Automotive
         (e.g., Bombardier, Daimler, Freudenberg Group, John Deere)
  •      Biotechnology & Life Sciences
         (e.g., AbbVie, Gelita, Octapharma, Roche, Siemens, Sirona).
  •      Chemistry
         (e.g., BASF, Fuchs Petrolub, Kluthe)
  •      Energy
         (e.g., ABB, EnBW, MVV Energie, Pfalzwerke)
  •      Information Technology
         (e.g., Cema, Realtech, SAP, SAS)

The strong economic region of the Rhine-Neckar region offers students a wide range of opportunities for working activities, internships and cooperative graduation work as well as for entry into the professional world.