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             Innovative industries in East Wuerttemberg
           The economic region of East Wuerttemberg –
                      automotive competence from A to Z.
With its longstanding tradition in the fields of metal working and machining as well as mechanical en-
gineering, East Wuerttemberg has developed into a region of industry, business and economy with a high
level of automotive competence, not least because of its proximity to the world-famous automotive region
of Stuttgart.
In this respect, East Wuerttemberg as an economic region remains true to its motto »Region of talents and
patents«. Its ranking as the eighth strongest of the 97 German regions in the field of mobility patent regis-
trations proves how strong the powers of innovation and the technological efficiency of its companies are.
Networking between the industries and cooperation with universities, transfer and research institutes
enhances these strengths. In addition to its outstanding transportation infrastructure and its central location
in the »Technology Triangle« of Stuttgart – Ulm – Nuremberg, the region offers attractive framework
conditions for setting up new businesses, relocating operations or expanding companies.

Dr. Ursula Bilger                                               The automotive platform on the Internet:
Managing director of WiRO                             
                                                 Innovative industries in East Wuerttemberg
                                                                                               3                                                    Contents

                                                                                      02 03    The automotive industry – a growth market

                                                                                     04 | 07   Automotive region East Wuerttemberg

                                                                                     08 | 15   Cross-section of the industry

                                                                                     16 | 17   Universities in the region

                                                                                     18 |
Publishing details
Publisher: Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH Region Ost-                                   Research and transfer institutes
württemberg WiRO. Design: freitagundhäussermann.gestaltungs-
agentur, Schwäbisch Gmünd.                                                              | 19   Transregional universities and research institutes
Photographs courtesy of: Aalen University (HTW), ALFING-Gruppe,
                                                                                     20 |      The advantages of the location
ALLIGATOR Ventilfabrik GmbH, BINZ GmbH & Co KG, ERHARD &
SÖHNE GmbH, Research institute for precious metals and metal
chemistry (fem), HPI Härle Produktentwicklung, University of Coo-                       | 21   WiRO economic promotion agency
perative Education Heidenheim (BA), hema electronic GmbH, Holo-
metric Technologies F & E GmbH, Lindenfarb Textilveredlung Julius                    22 | 29   Companies Index
Probst GmbH & Co KG, MAPAL Präzisionswerkzeuge Dr. Kress KG,
Mürdter Metall- und Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH, Mürdter
Werkzeug- und Formenbau GmbH, RICARDO Deutschland GmbH,
Carl Stahl GmbH & Co KG, Dr. Staiger, Mohilo + Co GmbH, Julius
Schüle Druckguss GmbH, University for Design Schwäbisch Gmünd
(HfG), Umicore Galvanotechnik GmbH, voestalpine Polynorm
Grau GmbH & Co KG, Bruno Weisser GmbH & Co KG, Carl Zeiss
Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH, ZF Lenksysteme GmbH, Albert
Ziegler GmbH & Co KG
East Wuerttemberg – Automotive Competence Centre
An overview of companies, educational, research and
transfer institutes:

Companies from A for aalcon to Z for Ziemer


Research/Transfer institutes
              Attractive conditions for your company
                                                                                                            02 | 03
Growth market
    Automotive Industry

It is estimated that every seventh job in Germany, in Baden-Wuerttemberg even every sixth,
is directly or indirectly dependent on automobile manufacturing. The automotive industry
is still considered one of the most important growth markets. Increasingly shorter product
life cycles, the concentration in particular of the OEM sector on core competences and the
growing complexity of automobiles offer automotive suppliers significant growth poten-
tial – on the condition that they succeed in meeting the challenges of today’s changing
economic structures, for instance, by means of cooperative alliances and networking.

The East Wuerttemberg region is well prepared to meet these challenges!

                                                                          This region is investing in
                                                                          growth: 500 hectares of commer-
                                                                          cial sites ready for immediate
                                                                          development at 90 locations
                                                                          offer good development oppor-
                                                                          tunities to companies in the
                                                                          automotive sector.
                       A close-knit network of suppliers for automobile manufacturers

Automotive region East Wuerttemberg

The region of East Wuerttemberg has an efficient network of companies and institutes
and also university and research foundations tailored to the needs of the automotive
Well over two hundred companies employing more than 30.000 people either directly or
indirectly supply the manufacturers of cars, trucks, utility vehicles and special vehicles.
                                                                                                 Mechanical engineering
They represent the industries that are of major relevance to the automotive sector and           Tool manufacturing
benefit from their proximity to leading suppliers of all tier levels, not to mention twelve of
the largest OEM companies within a radius of only 300 km – a decisive argument in favour
of choosing East Wuerttemberg as a location.

                                                                                                                   Electrical   e
                                                                                                                   Precision    m
                                                                                                               Automotive region East Wuerttemberg
                                                                                                                                                     04 | 05

                       Supplier industries
e   tal working                                     Plastics processing

                                                                                                  The illustration shows the many
                  Cars, trucks, utility vehicles,                            Technical services
                                                                                                  different fields of the automotive
                                                                                                  industry in East Wuerttemberg
                         special vehicles                                                         which form a tightly woven net-
                                                                                                  work of suppliers for the manufac-
                                                                                                  turers of cars, trucks, utility and
                                                                                                  special vehicles.

                         Textile industry
                         Chemical industry
Aalen-based ALFING Group incorporates three
independent companies:
- Maschinenfabrik Alfing Kessler supplies
  crankshafts, forged parts and hardening systems
- Alfing Kessler Sondermaschinen produces
  transfer lines, processing centres and fracture-
  splitting systems
- Alfing Montagetechnik produces screwdriving
  technology, assembly machines, line-linking systems
                                                   Competent and multi-faceted
                                                                                                                                                06 | 07
                                             Automotive region East Wuerttemberg

                                                   The automotive region of East Wuerttemberg provides a far-reaching and extremely multi-
                                                   layered range of services: the range of companies and competencies in this economic region
                                                   extends from providers of single components to complete system suppliers, from local SME
                                                   industry to global player corporations.
                                                   Examples for outstanding automotive companies located in this area are ZF Lenksysteme
                                                   GmbH (ZFLS) in Schwäbisch Gmünd which, with a workforce of over 4.000, produces com-
                                                   plete steering systems for the automotive industry, or the ALFING Group in Aalen employ-
                                                   ing approximately 1.750 people and producing crankshafts and forged parts, not to men-
The flagship of ZF Lenksysteme GmbH                tion production and assembly technology such as hardening systems and processing centres,
(ZFLS) is its active front steering system
AFS which has been being installed                 transfer lines and assembly systems also for the premium automotive sector.
in the BMW 5 and 3 series since 2005 and
which constitutes a quantum leap as
far as driving comfort and safety are con-
cerned (awarded the Innovation Prize
of the German industry 2003).
                  Examples of companies and application areas

                                          Automotive Industry
                                      Major leading industries such as mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, metal working and
                                      plastics processing are as characteristic for the automotive region of East Wuerttemberg as are
                                      the representatives of special sectors such as textile, special-purpose vehicles, engineering or
                                      design. Companies profit from the networking potential in the industry, from the excellent uni-
                                      versity, research and transfer institutes as well as the effective economic development pro-
                                      gramme. The following brief descriptions of companies give a representative impression of
                                      automotive region East Wuerttemberg.
Zeiss measuring machine
CenterMax (left) allows precise
measurement with high speed
                                                                                            Mech. engineering / tool manufacturing
                                                                                                  e.g. Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH Oberkochen
The scope of MAPAL products
(right) ranges from complex
                                                                                                       World leader in 3D-metrology with CNC-machines and
specialty tools to highly efficient                                                                    complete solutions
standard tools.
                                                                                                  e.g. MAPAL Präzisionswerkzeuge Dr. Kress KG Aalen
                                                                                                       Precision tools for precision end-machining of boreholes and
                                                                                                       surfaces. Provides a wide range of services related to tool-making
                                                                                                       including tool management
                                                                                                                           Cross-section of the industry
                                                                                                                                                           08 | 09
    e.g. ALLIGATOR Ventilfabrik GmbH Giengen
         Tyre valves for cars, utility vehicles, agricultural machines,
         bicycles and industrial applications

    e.g. Julius Schüle Druckguss GmbH Schwäbisch Gmünd
         Aluminium die casting parts
                                                                                                                   ALLIGATOR Ventilfabrik offers
    e.g. voestalpine Polynorm Grau GmbH & Co KG Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                                                                                                   a complete programme of valve
         Prototype design and construction, tool-manufacturing, press shop,                                        technology and accessories as
         assembly and services, serial production start-up for body components                                     well as components for automo-
                                                                                                                   tive engineering and special
                                                                                                                   industrial applications.

                                                                                 Schüle Druckguss supplies
                                                                                 aluminium die casting parts
                                                                                 ready for assembly as well
                                                                                 as completely assembled com-
                                                                                 ponents (left).

                                                                                 Partial view of a compression
                                                                                 molding line at the voestalpine
                                                                                 Polynorm Grau company
                                                                                 where body parts are pressed
                                                                                 into shape (right).
Examples of companies and application areas

                                                                         Individual and competent
                                                                         APQP product quality
                                                                         planning is standard at
                                                                         Carl Stahl.

               Lindenfarb washing and
               bleaching system for
               gentle and low-tension
                                              Textile industry
               treatment of all kinds
               of fibres.                       e.g. Carl Stahl GmbH & Co KG Herbrechtingen
                                                     Safety-belt straps, belt straps and belt systems such as safety belts
                                                     and airbag retention belts

                                                e.g. Lindenfarb Textilveredlung Julius Probst GmbH & Co KG Aalen
                                                     Contract textile refiner, refines textiles for the automobile industry,
                                                     technical textiles, home textiles, lining fabrics and other textiles
                                                                                                        Cross-section of the industry
                                                                                                                                        10 |11
                                            Chemical Industry                                 For a Karmann Coupé® model
                                                                                              study, metal surfaces such as the
                                                                                              wheel rims or side trim moldings
                                                                                              were optically refined with electro-
                                                                                              lyte palladium nickel 4920 by
e.g. Umicore Galvanotechnik GmbH Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                                                                              the Umicore Galvanotechnik com-
     Design, production and sale of precious and base metal                                   pany.
     electrolytes, precious metal compounds, platinated titan anodes
     and semi-finished products

                                                                       Electrical industry/
                                                                       Precision engineering /Optics
                                                                         e.g. Dr. Staiger, Mohilo + Co GmbH Lorch
                                                                              Torque measurement, calibrations to DKD (German
                       Joining and pressing with electro-
                                                                              Calibration Services) standards, electric motor
                       mechanical joining systems and                         inspections, force/displacement measurements,
                       integrated quality assurance with                      electromechanical joining modules
                       force / displacement measure-
                       ments – a specialty of Dr. Staiger
                       Mohilo + Co GmbH.
Examples of companies and application areas
                                              One of the highlights by RICARDO
                                              Deutschland: the 7-gear dual
                                              clutch transmission for the Bugatti

                                                                                    Automobile manufacturing
                                                                                     e.g. ERHARD & SÖHNE GmbH Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                                                                          Global leader in its branch and preferred product development
                                                                                          partner for fuel tank technology

       Its use of state-of-the-art products                                          e.g. RICARDO Deutschland GmbH Schwäbisch Gmünd
       and process technologies makes                                                     RICARDO is a leading supplier of power train and automotive
       ERHARD Automotive one of the
                                                                                          technology and a strategic advisory partner for the automotive
       leading providers of fuel tanks for
       utility vehicles and of fuel tank                                                  industry worldwide
                                                                                                                        Cross-section of the industry
                                                                                                                                                            12 | 13
                          Special-purpose vehicles
e.g. BINZ GmbH & Co KG Lorch
     Official cars, stretch limousines, hearses and special purpose vehicles

e.g. Albert Ziegler GmbH & Co KG Giengen
     Fire-engines, fire-extinguisher pumps, fire-hoses, water canons and
     mixing systems, fire-fighting equipment, services

                                                                                                                                        BINZ GmbH & Co KG is a
                                                                                                                                        successful producer of stretch
                                                                                                                                        limousines. Example: BINZ
                                                                                                                                        XL based on the Mercedes

                                                                               The modular design of Ziegler fire-
                                                                               fighting vehicles allows fire engines,
                                                                               trucks and special-purpose vehicles
                                                                               to be custom-built and equipped to
                                                                               suit the specific use.
            Examples of companies and application areas

                          With its high-speed
                          milling machines, Mürdter
                          manufactures tools for
                          the automotive industry,          e.g. Mürdter Werkzeug- und Formenbau GmbH Mutlangen
                          chiefly for the production             Injection-molding tools, stamping die tools, IMD tools
                          of parts for car interiors.
                                                                 Mürdter Metall- und Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH Mutlangen
                                                                 Technical thermoplastic parts, assembly, ultrasonic bonding, adhesive
                                                                 bonding, hot stamping, coating and flock spraying (outsourced)

                                                            e.g. Bruno Weisser GmbH & Co KG Neresheim
                                                                 Plastic molding, thermoforming, mould-making

5-axis milling for the
production of molded
plastic parts and
tools at Bruno Weisser,
                                                                                                                          Cross-section of the industry
                                                                                                                                                          14 | 15
                                     Sound absorbing heat
                                     shield in Poroblech –
                                     a product development
                                     by HPI Härle.

e.g. hema electronic GmbH Aalen
                                                             Engineering       Automatic testing station
                                                                               for metal parts by hema elec-
                                                                                                               AF-CADinspect software
                                                                                                               by Holometric Technolo-
                                                                               tronic, Aalen.                  gies: Nominal-/actual-
     Technology, components and systems for process control, surface testing                                   value comparison of digita-
     and laser welding                                                                                         lising data with CAD
                                                                                                               or reference data.
e.g. Holometric Technologies F & E GmbH Essingen
     3-D coordinate measuring technology for quality assurance and data
     acquisition in the areas of development, design and production

e.g. HPI Härle Produktentwicklung Bopfingen
     Products and processes for the automotive industry and its suppliers
                                           Science | Education | Qualification

                   Universities in the region

                   Aalen University – Engineering and Business Studies (HTW)
                   Automotive engineering is one of the main subjects on the General Mechanical
                   Engineering curriclum at Aalen University, where graduates are prepared for
                   their tasks in design, construction, manufacturing and sales in the automotive in-
                   dustry. Apart from general mechanical engineering, there are countless further
                   connections between the course of studies of automotive engineering and the
                   fields of plastics engineering, production technology, surface technology, electronics   Car door vibration analysis on
                   and information technology, computer sciences, mechatronics not to mention opto-         the roller dynamometer on
                   electronics which are all open to students as interdisciplinary programmes of            the machine floor of the faculty
                                                                                                            of mechanical engineering.
                   study at Aalen University.
                                                                                                            Rear axle carrier of the present
                                                                                                            BMW 7 Series, calculated by the
                                                                                                            University of Aalen during its
                                                                                                            »Hydroformen« research project.

Aalen University (HTW)
D-73430 Aalen, T +49 (0)7361 576-0,
                                                                                                         Universities in the region
                                                                                                                                        16 | 17
A student of the University of Cooperative Education with a CATIA prototype
design of a dual-range gearbox (mechanical engineering studies).

University of Cooperative Education Heidenheim (BA)                                                         University of Cooperative
                                                                                                            Education Heidenheim (BA)
The BA Heidenheim offers the most diverse range of studies related to the automotive                        D-89518 Heidenheim
industry. Students can participate in a three-year theoretical course of studies while                      T +49 (0)7321 38-1941
at the same time completing practical training in companies. Many well-known com-                 
panies in this sector are BA partners who train ongoing specialists and junior manage-
ment staff. These include SYSTEM STROBEL (Aalen), KÄSSBOHRER Geländefahrzeug
AG (Laupheim), MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG (München), RUD Kettenfabrik (Aalen), TRW
Automotive GmbH (Alfdorf) or VOITH AG (Heidenheim).

                                       The University for design Schwäbisch Gmünd (HfG) works constantly at promoting
                                       interdisciplinary cooperation to merge design, science and technology in a pro-
                                       fessional form. One example from the field of automotive technology is the
                                       user-oriented, interdisciplinary operating concept for utility vehicles investigating the
                                       development of ergonomic operating controls and the concept of an information
HfG project example:
The navigation system                  interface for professional drivers.
using Augmented Reality
Technology marks the
route as a line projected                                                     University for Design Schwäbisch Gmünd (HfG)
onto the road.                                                                D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, T +49 (0)7171 602-600,
           Science | Education | Service

Research and
       transfer institutes

Research institute for precious metals and metal chemistry (fem)                   Research Institute for Precious
                                                                                   Metals and Metal Chemistry (fem)
This institute located in Schwäbisch Gmünd pursues interdisciplinary               D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
research in the fields of surface technology, materials research and               T +49 (0)7171 1006-0
sciences, coating technology and metrology. These fields of research     

result in the formation of many links to the automotive industry and
its suppliers. Approximately 60 scientists, engineers and technicians
ensure application-oriented research and its application in daily practice.

                                           Steinbeis transfer centres
                                           - Surface and environmental         -   Materials Engineering , Aalen
                                             engineering, Aalen                -   Polymer Engineering (PETZ), Aalen
                                           - Automation technology, Essingen   -   Plastics engineering, Aalen
                                           - GTA-Foundry technology, Aalen     -   Tool manufacturing and
                                           - Image processing and applied          mold-making, Rechberghausen
                                             Computer Sciences, Aalen
                                            Go to for more information
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              Transregional universities and
                              research institutes

Universities, research and transfer centres in the catchment area of the region:
University of Stuttgart                                                     University of Applied Sciences Esslingen
City Campus, D-70049 Stuttgart, T +49 (0)711 121-0                          D-73728 Esslingen am Neckar, T +49 (0)711 397-49
Vaihingen Campus, D-70550 Stuttgart, T +49 (0)711 685-0                                                                   University of Applied Sciences Ulm
Institutes of Stuttgart University                                          D-89075 Ulm, T +49 (0)731 50-208,
Research Institute for Pigments and Coatings,
Institute for Metal Forming Technology, / ifu          German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute for Plastics Research and Sciences,      Institut für Verbrennungstechnik Stuttgart, / vt
Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Motor Vehicles,               Fraunhofer Technology Group (TEG) Stuttgart,                                                    Fraunhofer Institute for Production
Institute for Chemical Processes Engineering,     Engineering and Automation (IPA) Stuttgart,
                                                                            Max Planck Institute for Metals Research Stuttgart,
                                                                            Southern German Plastics Centre (SKZ) Stuttgart,
             Automotive industry in focus

   East Wuerttemberg –
       location of the future
   East Wuerttemberg offers investors in the automotive industry an outstanding environment
   with compelling location benefits:

   •   Economic region with high standard of automotive competence
   •   Close-knit network of suppliers in all the major industries relevant to automobile production
   •   Proximity to component manufacturers, system suppliers and important OEM partners
   •   High level of innovation potential as a result of networking between companies and
       cooperation with the universities, transfer centres and research institutes
   •   Long term competitive advantages as a result of the development of new technologies,
       applications, products and fields of employment
   •   Further development of training and educational programmes and services
   •   Attractive business locations, commercial real estate and comprehensive location advisory services
   •   Consulting services and support for Start-ups, company relocation and expansion
   •   Promotion programmes from investment financing to EU grants
   •   Region with a high quality of life

Online location information system (SIS) at
                                                            Location strong points / Economic development programmes
                                                                                                                        20 | 21

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                 Index of Automotive Companies

                                                                            APS engineering
                                                                            D-73432 Aalen
                                      Maschinenfabrik Alfing                Systems and material flow          Bader Pulverbeschichtung GmbH
                                      Kessler GmbH                          simulation, simulation tests       D-73434 Aalen
aalcon                                D-73433 Aalen                            Decorative and functional
Die Konstruktions-GmbH                Crankshafts, forged parts,                                               coatings, prototypes and small
D-73433 Aalen                         hardening systems                     ASA Engineering GmbH               series production
Construction, production, plastics,                         D-73463 Westhausen       
mechanical engineering                                                      Construction, programming,                         Alfing Kessler                        set-up, documentation              Alfred Beck
                                      Sondermaschinen GmbH                     Maschinenbau GmbH
ADT Automatisierungs- und             D-73433 Aalen                                                            D-89547 Gerstetten
Datentechnik GmbH                     Transfer lines, flexible production   A + B Solutions GmbH               Metal processing with laser
D-73430 Aalen                         systems, fracture-splitting systems   D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd           and CNC technologies
Identification technology, control                         DNC, operation-, machines-,
technology, software for                                                    time-data capture and production
customer-specific applications        Alfing Montagetechnik GmbH            control in the FIT-System          Beck Metall GmbH                        D-73433 Aalen                           D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                      Screwdriving technology,                                                 Cut-out parts, module production,
AKS Hartmetalltechnik GmbH            assembly systems, connecting-rod      AWG Max Widenmann KG               welded constructions
D-73527 Schwäbisch Gmünd              automation                            D-89537 Giengen          
Hard metal technology for                            Fire-fighting equipment such
forming and cutting tools and                                               as hose couplings, jet pipes and   Beycon Beyer Consulting
for wearing parts                     ALLIGATOR Ventilfabrik GmbH           conductor pipes                    D-89552 Steinheim                 D-89537 Giengen                            Recruitment of specialist and
                                      Tyre valves, industrial valves,                                          management staff/Automotive
                                      turned parts, vehicle parts                                    
                                                                                                                                                22 | 23

                                     BUBLITZ GmbH                                                              ERHARD & SÖHNE GmbH
                                     D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd                                                  D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                     Industrial services, metal grinding   DSM Messtechnik GmbH                Fuel tank systems for utility
Binz GmbH & Co KG                    Telephone +49 (0)7171 405022          D-73431 Aalen                       vehicles, motor compartment parts
D-73547 Lorch                                                              Production of joining units and
Bodywork for ambulances,             Colortechnics                         torque drivers
stretch limousines, special          Farbbeschichtungen GmbH                   ERLAU AG
purpose vehicles                     D-74417 Gschwend                                                          D-73431 Aalen                         Cathodic dip painting, powder         elke TECHNIK Wärme- und             Tyre protection chains
                                     coating, labelling                    Verbindungssysteme GmbH   
Boehlerit GmbH & Co KG                      D-73479 Ellwangen
D-73477 Oberkochen                                                         Heat engineering, joining techno-   EVO
Hard metals and tools                CROFT GmbH                            logy, injection molding             Informationssysteme GmbH                    D-89555 Steinheim                            D-73568 Durlangen
                                     Surface machining, powder                                                 Corporate software, product
BOOM TRIKES                          coating, liquid coatings              ElringKlinger                       data management, CNC-pro-
Fahrzeugbau GmbH                                     Kunststofftechnik GmbH              gramme transfer, quality
D-89567 Sontheim                                                           D-89520 Heidenheim                  management
Trikes, quads                        DeWe Engineering GmbH                 Gaskets and construction                    D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd              elements in high-performance
                                     3-D CAD engineering/construction,     plastics                            EYRAINER GmbH & Co KG
Werner Briel                         training courses/workshops,      D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
Chemisch technische Präparate        consulting                                                                Vehicle and equipment safety,
D-89537 Giengen                           Frank Entzmann GmbH                 testing equipment
Dust-trapping and cleaning                                                 D-73560 Böbingen          
accessories for coating facilities                                         Hydraulic chucking devices                                                  
                  Index of Automotive Companies

                                        GARDENA                                                                 Grupp GmbH
Feinblechbau Schwaben Ltd.              Manufacturing GmbH                                                      D-73527 Schwäbisch Gmünd
D-73450 Neresheim                       OEM Division                        GfO Gesellschaft für                Transport racks, coating
Stainless steel, steel and              D-89547 Gerstetten                  Oberflächentechnik mbH              racks, tube bending, welded
aluminium processing                    Injection molding technology,       D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd            constructions             gas injection technology, MuCell    Anti-scratch coating of plastics,
                                        processes, IMD foils                metalised EMC shielding
Ing.-Büro Thomas Fuchs                                  G & S Kunststofftechnik GmbH
D-73431 Aalen                                                                                                   D-73527 Schwäbisch Gmünd
Measurement of layer                    Gaugler & Lutz oHG                  GIFA Automotive GmbH                Plastic injection molding parts,
thickness of diffusing screens          D-73432 Aalen                       D-89537 Giengen                     assembly, complete modules, all
www.angewandte-                         Special foam plastics for light-    Recycled textiles, fibre mixtures   plastic welding processes                        weight and sandwich constructions    
Gärtner CNC- Präzision GmbH                                                 Grossmann                           HPI Härle Produktentwicklung
D-73431 Aalen                           Geiger + Haag GmbH                  Maschinenbau GmbH                   D-73441 Bopfingen
CNC turning, milling-drilling, flat     Spanntechnik                        D-89555 Steinheim                   (Special purpose) automotive and
welding, joining, flux fault analysis   D-73463 Westhausen                  Special purpose machines,           mechanical engineering
Telefon +49 (0)7366 7881                Chucks, mandrels, special           customised tool-manufacturing
                                        purpose chucks            
GARDENA                                                                             hema electronic GmbH
Manufacturing GmbH                                                          Grossmann + Kaiser Gmbh             D-73431 Aalen
D-89168 Niederstotzingen                Gesenkschmiede                      D-89520 Heidenheim                  Components and systems for
Tool-manufacturing, cut-out tech-       Schneider GmbH                      Hard and soft rubber compounds,     process control, surface analysis
nology, laser technology, coating       D-73431 Aalen                       PVC coatings                        and laser welding                      Steel forming, die-forged    
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Henssler & Schultheiss
Fullservice Productdesign GmbH                                       Jelonnek Transformatoren und
D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd             Horn Imaging GmbH               Wickelgut GmbH
Product design (interior and exte-   D-73431 Aalen                   D-73447 Oberkochen                   KMF International
rior design) and development         Camera systems, software for    Transformers, throttles,             Textilmaschinen AG          archiving, measurement and      transducers, windings                D-73560 Böbingen
                                     analysis                             Sewing systems for the
HKR Werkzeugtechnik GmbH                                                     production of car seat covers
D-73565 Spraitbach                                                   Karl Jenewein Modell- und  
Injection and IMD tools,             HS-Schoch GmbH                  Formenbau GmbH
2K-injection molding and gas         D-73466 Lauchheim               D-73540 Heubach                      KMS Metall GmbH
injection tools                      Cathodic dipping and powder     Model construction, mold-making      D-73460 Hüttlingen           coated system components in            Milling, turning, grinding,
                                     sheet metal and plastic                                              eroding, alignment
HOFMANN interflux GmbH                     Joos Metallveredlung GmbH  
D-73457 Essingen                                                     D-73547 Lorch
Tools and systems for non-           INNEO Solutions GmbH            Surface technology and corrosion     Krieger Modellbau GmbH
destructive surface analysis         D-73479 Ellwangen               prevention                           D-73431 Aalen                     Product design, IT, project     Telefon +49 (0)7172 6414             Foundry model construction,
                                     management                                                           mold-making, CAD-constructions,
holometric technologies                        JUMA Sonderanlagenbau GmbH           5-axis milling
Forsch.- und Entwicklungs GmbH                                       D-73439 Ellwangen          
D-73457 Essingen                     Institut für                    Rapid Prototyping Systems, kilns,
Analytic software for 3-D            Oberflächentechnik GmbH         plastic and metal casting systems,   kühnplast GmbH + Co KG
coordinate measuring,                D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd        metering systems                     D-73563 Mögglingen
reverse engineering software         Laboratory services, expert’s         Special profiles based on                    reports                                                              customer drawings
                 Index of Automotive Companies

                                                                           MGM Lorch GmbH
                                                                           D-73547 Lorch
K+D Flux-Technic
                                                                           Engine parts, mechanical enginee-
GmbH + Co KG
                                      LMT Deutschland GmbH                 ring and CNC-production             Mürdter Werkzeug- und
D-73563 Mögglingen
                                      D-73447 Oberkochen                           Formenbau GmbH
Non-destructive material analysis,
                                      Precision tool-making, tool-                                             D-73557 Mutlangen
equipment and systems
                                      manufacuring services                MHG Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH            Injection-molding tools,
                                                D-73540 Heubach                     stamping die tools, IMD tools
                                                                           Peripheral motor components
Rudolf Kurfess GmbH
                                      MagCode AG                           for automobile manufacturers
D-73550 Waldstetten
                                      D-89520 Heidenheim                   and Formula 1 teams                 M & K GmbH
Solutions for fastening technology,
                                      Magnetically coded flat connectors          D-73441 Bopfingen
optimisation of the delivery chain
                                      for power and data transfer                                              CNC-machining, welding, assem-
Telefon +49 (0)7171 104360
                                                   August Mössner GmbH & Co KG         bly, steel construction, coating
                                                                           D-73569 Eschach                     Telephone +49 (0)7362 96130
                                      MAPAL Präzisionswerkzeuge            Turnkey systems for feeder remo-
D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
                                      Dr. Kress KG                         val and deburring of forged parts   NovoPlan GmbH
Construction consultancy, CAD,
                                      D-73431 Aalen                                D-73431 Aalen
Eplan, software, PLC, controls
                                      Precision tool-making, services,                                         Non-distorting protection of
                                      tool management                      Mürdter Metall- und                 tool surfaces on steel, aluminium,
                                                     Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH         copper
                                                                           D-73557 Mutlangen         
Lindenfarb Textilveredlung
                                      MA.TEC GmbH                          Production and processing of
Julius Probst GmbH & Co KG
                                      D-73431 Aalen                        technical thermoplastic parts       OSRAM GmbH
D-73432 Aalen
                                      General metrology, screwdriving                     D-89539 Herbrechtingen
Car and technical textiles refining
                                      and press-fit mounting,                                                  Production of car headlights
                                      burr and contour recognition                                             and lights
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zentrum GmbH                                                             Franz Rieger Metallveredlung
D-73431 Aalen                                                            D-89555 Steinheim                      ROKU Mechanik GmbH
Heat treatment, non-destructive                                          Galvanic and chemical surface          D-73485 Unterschneidheim
error analysis, sand blasting      QUACON GmbH                           treatment                              CNC turning, milling, module            D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd                           production
                                   Quality and environmental                                          
Ott & Maier                        management consultancy, software      E. Ritter GmbH & Co KG
Zerspanungstechnik GmbH                           D-73431 Aalen                          Rolit Moc GmbH & Co KG
D-73433 Aalen                                                            Precision, turning, milling, single,   D-73479 Ellwangen
Sub-contractor in the field of     Qubus GmbH                            serial and module production           Technical plastic parts and tools
metall machining and plastics      D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd              Telephone +49 (0)07361 9253-0
processing                         Management systems to                   ISO / TS 16949, systems planning,     Röchling Kaltwalzwerk KG               Roll Systemtechnik GmbH
                                   environmental law                     D-73443 Oberkochen                     D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
PTS GmbH                                           Cold-rolled steel strip,               Machines and systems for pipe
Präzisionstechnik Schunder                                               phosphate-coated cold strip            end finishing, feeding systems
D-73432 Aalen                      Rauleder + Rudolf GmbH                
CNC milling / turning, machining   D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
of large parts                     Metal foundry, aluminium              Röhm GmbH Sontheim                     Unternehmensberatung
www.schunder-                      sand casting                          D-89567 Sontheim                       Rolser & Vogel GbR                           Clamping devices from the              D-89567 Sontheim
                                                                         smallest chucks to high-tech           Environmental / Organisation
PWS Peter Wörner                   RICARDO Deutschland GmbH              power-operated holding devices         Management, TS 16949, ISO
Schweißtechnik                     D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd                              9001 standards
D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd           Power train and automotive                                                   www.unternehmensberatung-
Welding, forming, sawing,          technologies, strategic consultancy                                
                 Index of Automotive Companies

                                       Schenk Werkzeug- und
                                       Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG                                                 SORG Plastik GmbH
Rotec GmbH, Zerspanung                 D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd             ALBERT SCHREM                        D-73457 Lorch
D-89568 Hermaringen                    Chucking devices, SOMATEC            Werkzeugfabrik GmbH                  Injection mold processing,
Multispindle production of turned      clamping systems, robot cells        D-89537 Giengen                      thermoplastic processes, duroplast
parts, finish-machining                          Universal and customized pullers     and 2K processes                       for industry and automobile repair
RUD Kettenfabrik                       Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH                                                 Carl Stahl GmbH & Co KG
Rieger & Dietz GmbH & Co               D-73463 Westhausen                   Julius Schüle Druckguss GmbH         D-89542 Herbrechtingen
D-73432 Aalen                          Turning, milling, forming, induc-    D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd             Webbed straps and belts
Tyre chains for cars/commercial        tion hardening, CBN grinding,        Ready to mount die-cast parts and
vehicles, anti-skid chains, lash-on    system assembly, 3-D metrology       assembled aluminium modules
chains                                                       Dr. Staiger, Mohilo + Co GmbH                                                                                                       D-73547 Lorch
                                       Scholz Edelstahl GmbH                Seeber + Partner GmbH                Torque, forces and displacement
RUNGE GmbH                             D-73457 Essingen                     D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd             measurement, calibration to
Industrieplanung                       Steel trading and refining,          Development and construction:        German DKD standards, electrical
D-89518 Heidenheim                     preforging material, metal cutting   Mechanical and automotive            motor inspections
Production / Logistics design, plant   and sawing                           engineering                
structuring and planning                                                                                             Steiff Förder- und Automati-
                                       F. Scholz GmbH                                                            sierungstechnik GmbH
SBS Maschinenfabrik GmbH               D-73433 Aalen                                                             D-89537 Giengen
D-73431 Aalen                          Mechanical surface finishing                                              Material flow solutions for
CNC-production, ProCess                                                 production and distribution
engineering, forging, casting                                                                          
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                                     VARTA Microbattery GmbH
                                     D-73479 Ellwangen                    Voith Turbo GmbH & Co KG
                                     Primary and rechargeable batteries   D-85222 Heidenheim                Carl Zeiss Industrielle
Wilhelm Stolz GmbH & Co KG           and micro battery systems            Gearboxes for public transport    Messtechnik GmbH
D-73499 Wört                           busses                            D-73447 Oberkochen
Production and sales of precision                                               3-D metrology with CNC-machines
turning parts                        Vereinigte Filzfabriken AG                                             and complete solutions                   D-89537 Giengen                      VRW Eisen- und Metallhandels-
                                     Production of wool and needle        gesellschaft mbH
SYSTEM STROBEL                       felt fabrics                         D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd          ZF Lenksysteme GmbH
D-73433 Aalen                                         Steel trading, steel sawing /     D-73527 Schwäbisch Gmünd
Emergency service vehicles, ambu-                                         cutting                           Steering systems for cars and
lances, emergency doctor vehicles    voestalpine Polynorm Grau                     commercial vehicles                GmbH & Co KG                                                 
                                     D-73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd             Lothar Walther
TIA innovations GmbH                 Class A body parts, pressing         Feinwerkzeugbau GmbH              Albert Ziegler GmbH & Co KG
D-73560 Böbingen                     facility, tool-manufacturing and     D-89551 Königsbronn               D-89537 Giengen
Import- / export software and        prototype construction               Long-hole drilling, honing,       Fire-engines and fire-fighting
planning / prognosis software                 reaming, CNC-turning              equipment                                                        
                                     vohtec Rissprüfung GmbH
Umicore Galvanotechnik GmbH          D-73431 Aalen                        Bruno Weisser GmbH & Co KG        Ziemer Umformtechnik
D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd             Destructive and non-destructive      D-73450 Neresheim                 D-73434 Aalen
Metal electrolytes, precious metal   material inspections, thermography   Plastic molding, thermoforming,   Forged parts, die forged parts
compounds, titanium anodes,                        mould-making            
semi-finished products                                          
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                                           Region Ostwürttemberg
                                           Universitätspark 1
                                           73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
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