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Location of Germany

Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. Germany has the world's 4th largest economy by nominal GDP, and the 5th largest by PPP. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods.

Of the world's 500 largest stock-market-listed companies measured by revenue in 2017, the Fortune Global 500, 29 are headquartered in Germany.[1] 30 Germany-based companies are included in the DAX, the German stock market index. Well-known international brands include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Volkswagen, Audi, Siemens, Allianz, Adidas, Porsche, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank and Bosch.[2]

Germany is recognised for its large portion of specialised small and medium enterprises, known as the Mittelstand model. Around 1,000 of these companies are global market leaders in their segment and are labelled hidden champions.[3]

For further information on the types of business entities in this country and their abbreviations, see "Business entities in Germany".


Largest firmsEdit

This list shows firms in the Fortune Global 500, which ranks firms by total revenues reported before 31 March 2018.[1] Only the top five firms (if available) are included as a sample.

Rank Image Name 2017 revenues (US$M) Employees Notes
7   Volkswagen Group 260,028 642,292 Multinational consumer and commercial vehicle manufacturer operating in more than 150 countries. Consumer brands include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, MAN SE, Porsche, Scania AB, SEAT and Škoda Auto.
16   Daimler AG 185,235 289,321 Stuttgart-based multinational automotive manufacturer. Brands include Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Setra, BharatBenz, and Smart.
38   Allianz 123,532 140,253 Munich financial services company focused on insurance and asset management. One of the largest insurance firms in the world, subsidiaries include AGF, Allianz Life (life), Euler Hermes (credit life), and PIMCO (investments).
51   BMW 111,231 129,932 Vehicle manufacturer producing commercial and consumer automobiles and motorcycles. Brands include Mini, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and BMW Motorrad (motorcycles).
66   Siemens 91,585 372,000 Multinational industrial manufacturing conglomerate founded by Werner von Siemens that includes diversification into energy, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Notable firmsEdit

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

Notable companies
     Active      State-owned      Defunct
Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
A. Lange & Söhne Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Glashütte 1845 Watches
Aareal Bank Financials Banks Wiesbaden 1922 Banking and financial services
Adidas Consumer goods Footwear Herzogenaurach 1924 Shoes, apparel and accessories
AEG Industrials Electronic equipment Frankfurt 1883 Defunct 1996, now part of Electrolux
Air Berlin Consumer services Airlines Berlin 1979 Airline, defunct 2017
Aldi Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Essen 1913 Discount retail chains
Allianz Financials Full line insurance Munich 1890 Insurance and asset management
Alpina Consumer goods Automobiles Buchloe 1965 Automotive manufacturer
Altana Basic materials Speciality chemicals Wesel 1977 Chemicals
Aral AG Consumer services Specialty retailers Bochum 1898 Part of BP
Arburg Industrials Industrial machinery Loßburg 1923 Machinery and injection molding
Arcandor Consumer services Broadline retailers Essen 1999 Defunct 2009
Arcor Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Eschborn 1996 Telecom, part of Vodafone (UK)
Armedangels Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Cologne 2007 Fashion
Audi Consumer goods Automobiles Ingolstadt 1910 Auto manufacturer, part of Volkswagen Group
August Storck Consumer goods Food products Berlin 1903 Confectionery
Aurubis Basic materials Nonferrous metals Hamburg 2008 Copper manufacturing
Auto Union Consumer goods Automobiles Neckarsulm 1932 Defunct, now part of Audi
Axel Springer AG Consumer services Publishing Berlin 1946 Digital publishing
Babelsberg Studio Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Potsdam 1912 Film studio
Bahlsen Consumer goods Food products Hanover 1889 Biscuits and cakes
BASF Basic materials Speciality chemicals Ludwigshafen 1865 Largest chemical producer in the world.
Bavaria Film Studios Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Grünwald 1919 Film studio
Bayer Health care Pharmaceuticals Leverkusen 1863 Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
BayWa Consumer goods Farming & fishing Munich 1923 Agribusiness conglomerate
BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik Consumer goods Auto parts Schiltach 1970 Automotive parts
Bechtle Technology Software Neckarsulm 1983 Information technology services
Beck's Brewery Consumer goods Brewers Bremen 1873 Alcoholic beverages
Behr GmbH & Co. KG Industrials Industrial suppliers Stuttgart 1905 Part of Mahle GmbH
Behringer Consumer goods Consumer electronics Willich 1989 Audio systems
Beiersdorf Consumer goods Personal products Hamburg 1882 Cosmetics
Bellevue Investments Technology Software Berlin 1993 Software holding company
Benecke-Kaliko Industrials Industrial suppliers Hanover 1718 Automotive parts
Bertelsmann Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Gütersloh 1835 Mass media
Beyerdynamic Consumer goods Consumer electronics Heilbronn 1924 Audio electronics
Bilfinger Industrials Heavy construction Mannheim 1880 Construction, engineering and services
Birkenstock Consumer goods Footwear Neustadt 1774 Shoe manufacturer
Bitburger Brewery Consumer goods Brewers Bitburg 1817 Brewery
Blaupunkt Consumer goods Consumer electronics Hildesheim 1923 Home and car audio, defunct 2016
Blohm+Voss Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Hamburg 1877 Shipyard, part of Lürssen
BMG Rights Management Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Berlin 2008 Music, part of Bertelsmann
BMW Consumer goods Automobiles Munich 1916 Automotive
Bodan-Werft Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Kressbronn am Bodensee 1919 Defunct 2011, now independent firms for pools and a yacht harbour
Boehringer Ingelheim Health care Pharmaceuticals Ingelheim am Rhein 1885 Pharmaceuticals
BOMAG Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Boppard 1957 Mechanical engineering
Brabus Consumer services Specialty retailers Bottrop 1977 Automotive modifications and tuning
Braun Consumer goods Personal products Kronberg 1921 Razors and small appliances, part of Procter & Gamble (US)
Bremer Vulkan Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Bremen-Vegesack 1893 Shipyard, defunct 1997
Brenntag Basic materials Commodity chemicals Mülheim 1874 Chemical distribution
Büssing AG Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Braunschweig 1903 Bus and truck, defunct 1971, now part of MAN
C. Bechstein Consumer goods Recreational products Berlin 1853 Musical instruments
C. Illies & Co. Industrials Business support services Hamburg 1859 Engineering and export
Carl Walther GmbH Industrials Defense Ulm 1886 Firearms
Carl Zeiss AG Health care Medical equipment Oberkochen 1846 Optical systems, part of Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung
Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Health care Medical equipment Heidenheim an der Brenz 1889 Holding company
Celesio Health care Pharmaceuticals Stuttgart 1835 Pharmaceuticals, defunct 2017, now part of McKesson
Circus Krone Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Munich 1905 Circus, entertainment
Claas Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Harsewinkel 1913 Agricultural machinery
Commerzbank Financials Banks Frankfurt 1870 Banking
Condor Flugdienst Consumer services Airlines Frankfurt 1955 Leisure airline, part of Thomas Cook Group (UK)
Continental AG Industrials Industrial suppliers Hanover 1871 Auto parts and supplies, part of Schaeffler Group
Covestro Basic materials Speciality chemicals Leverkusen 2015 Materials and coatings, part of Bayer
Daimler AG Consumer goods Automobiles Stuttgart 2007 Multinational automotive firm
Dba Consumer services Airlines Munich 1992 Low-cost airline, defunct 2008
Delton Conglomerates - Bad Homburg vor der Höhe 1989 Pharma, consumer goods, logistics
Der Spiegel Consumer services Publishing Hamburg 1947 Weekly news magazine
Deutsche Bahn Industrials Railroads Berlin 1994 State railways
Deutsche Bank Financials Banks Frankfurt 1870 Banking
Deutsche Börse Financials Investment services Frankfurt 1992 Securities marketplace
Deutsche Grammophon Consumer goods Broadcasting & entertainment Hanover 1898 Phonogramm producer, producer of the first Compact disc, now part of Universal Music Group (US)
Deutsche Messe Consumer services Recreational services Hanover 1947 Largest fairground in the world
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank Financials Banks Unterschleißheim 2015 Real estate financing bank
Deutsche Post Industrials Delivery services Bonn 1995 Postal services
Deutsche Telekom Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Bonn 1995 Telecommunications
Deutsche Vermögensberatung Financials Asset managers Frankfurt 1975 Financial advice
Deutz AG Industrials Industrial machinery Cologne 1864 Mechanical engineering
DHL Express Industrials Delivery services Bonn 1969 Logistics, part of Deutsche Post
Dieffenbacher Industrials Industrial machinery Eppingen 1873 Machinery
Diehl Aerospace Industrials Aerospace Überlingen 2006 Avionics
Diehl Defence Industrials Defense Überlingen 2004 Arms
Diehl Metall Industrials Industrial machinery Röthenbach an der Pegnitz 1938 Metals, forges
Diezel Consumer goods Recreational products Bad Steben 1994 Guitar amplifiers
Djshop Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Vachendorf 1993 Online dance music retail store
Dornier Flugzeugwerke Industrials Aerospace Friedrichshafen 1922 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 2002
Douglas Holding Consumer services Specialty retailers Hagen 1949 Perfume and cosmetics retailer
DOVO Solingen Consumer goods Personal products Solingen 1906 Scissors and razors
Dr. Oetker Consumer goods Food products Bielefeld 1891 Food producer
Dräger Health care Medical equipment Lübeck 1889 Medical technology
Dresdner Bank Financials Banks Frankfurt 1872 Now part of Commerzbank, defunct 2009
Dürr AG Industrials Industrial machinery Stuttgart 1895 Plant and machinery construction
DVB Bank Financials Banks Frankfurt 1923 Financials
E.ON Utilities Electricity Essen 2000 Electric power
Eberhard Faber Consumer goods Nondurable household products Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz 1922 Part of Staedtler
ebm-papst Industrials Industrial machinery Mulfingen 1963 Electric motors and fans
edding Consumer goods Nondurable household products Ahrensburg 1960 Writing instruments
Edeka Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Berlin 1898 Supermarkets
ElringKlinger Industrials Industrial suppliers Dettingen an der Erms 1879 Automotive parts
EnBW Utilities Electricity Karlsruhe 1997 Electric power
EnOcean Consumer goods Consumer electronics Oberhaching 2001 Electronics
Entwicklungsring Nord Industrials Aerospace Bremen 1961 Rocket parts, defunct 1977
Epcos Consumer goods Consumer electronics Munich 1999 Electronics
E-Plus Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Düsseldorf 1992 Mobile network, part of Telefónica Germany
Evonik Industries Basic materials Speciality chemicals Essen 2007 Specialty chemicals
Faber-Castell Consumer goods Nondurable household products Stein 1761 Writing instruments
Fein Consumer goods Durable household products Schwäbisch Gmünd 1867 Power tools
Ferrostaal Industrials Industrial machinery Essen 1920 Industrial services, machinery
Festo Industrials Industrial machinery Esslingen am Neckar 1925 Automation
Fischertechnik Consumer goods Toys Waldachtal 1966 Construction sets
Fissler Consumer goods Durable household products Idar-Oberstein 1845 Cookware manufacturer
Focke-Achgelis Industrials Aerospace Hoykenkamp 1937 Defunct helicopter manufacturer
Focke-Wulf Industrials Aerospace Bremen 1923 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 1964
Fond of Bags Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Cologne 2010 Backpacks
Ford Germany Consumer goods Automobiles Cologne 1925 Automobile manufacturer, part of Ford Motor Company (US)
Ford of Europe Consumer goods Automobiles Cologne 1967 Automobile manufacturer, part of Ford Motor Company (US)
Franz Haniel & Cie. Conglomerates - Duisburg 1756 Family holding company
Fraport Industrials Transportation services Frankfurt 1924 Airports Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Büdelsdorf 2007 Telecommunications
Fresenius Health care Health care providers Bad Homburg vor der Höhe 1912 Health care
Fresenius Medical Care Health care Health care providers Bad Homburg vor der Höhe 1996 Part of Fresenius
Freudenberg Group Conglomerates - Weinheim 1849 Consumer goods, telecommunications, industrials
FRoSTA Consumer goods Food products Bremerhaven 1905 Frozen foods, foodservice, commercial catering
Fuchs Petrolub Basic materials Speciality chemicals Mannheim 1931 Lubricants
Gardena Consumer goods Durable household products Ulm 1961 Garden tools
GEA Group Industrials Industrial machinery Düsseldorf 1881 Machinery and technology for refrigeration and livestock farming
Gebrüder Thonet Consumer goods Furnishings Frankenberg 1853 Furniture manufacturer
Gerolsteiner Brunnen Consumer goods Beverages Gerolstein 1888 Mineral water
Gerresheimer Industrials Containers & packaging Düsseldorf 1864 Packaging products
Getrag Industrials Industrial suppliers Untergruppenbach 1935 Automotive parts
GfK AG Industrials Business support services Nuremberg 1934 Market research
GPC Biotech Health care Biotechnology Martinsried 1997 Biotechnology
Grundig Consumer goods Consumer electronics Nuremberg 1930 Electronics, part of Koç Holding (Turkey)
Gruner + Jahr Consumer services Publishing Hamburg 1965 Publishing house, part of Bertelsmann
Hama Photo Consumer goods Consumer electronics Monheim 1923 Electronics
Hamburg Süd Industrials Marine transportation Hamburg 1871 Shipping
Hamburger Flugzeugbau Industrials Aerospace Hamburg 1933 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 1969
Hannover Re Financials Reinsurance Hanover 1966 Reinsurance firm
Hapag-Lloyd Industrials Marine transportation Hamburg 1970 Shipping
Haribo Consumer goods Food products Bonn 1920 Confectionery
Heckler & Koch Industrials Defense Oberndorf am Neckar 1948 Arms
HeidelbergCement Industrials Building materials & fixtures Heidelberg 1874 Building materials
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Industrials Industrial machinery Heidelberg 1850 Printing machines
Heinkel Industrials Aerospace Warnemünde 1922 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 1965
Hella Industrials Industrial suppliers Lippstadt 1899 Automotive parts
Henkel Conglomerates - Düsseldorf 1876 Consumer goods, industrial goods
Heraeus Industrials Industrial machinery Hanau 1851 Engineering
Herrenknecht Industrials Industrial machinery Schwanau 1975 Tunnel boring machines
Hochtief Industrials Heavy construction Essen 1874 Construction
Hoechst Basic materials Specialty chemicals Frankfurt 1863 Chemicals, defunct 2004
Horváth & Partners Industrials Business support services Stuttgart 1981 Management consulting
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Kiel 1838 Shipbuilding
Hubert Burda Media Consumer services Publishing Offenburg 1903 Publishing and mass media
Hugo Boss Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Metzingen 1924 Luxury fashion
HypoVereinsbank Financials Financial services Munich 1998 Finance and insurance, part of UniCredit (Italy)
Hypo Real Estate Financials Real estate Munich 2003 Nationalized holding company
IAV Industrials Industrial suppliers Berlin 1983 Automotive supplier
IG Farben Basic materials Commodity chemicals Frankfurt 1925 Defunct 2012
Infineon Technologies Technology Semiconductors Neubiberg 1999 Semiconductor manufacturer
Intershop Consumer services Specialty retailers Berlin 1962 Defunct 1990
J. A. Henckels Consumer goods Durable household products Solingen 1731 Kitchenware
J. Schmalz Industrials Industrial machinery Glatten 1910 Vacuum technology
Jack Wolfskin Consumer goods Recreational products Idstein 1981 Camping and outdoor
Jenoptik Industrials Industrial machinery Jena 1991 Optoelectronics engineering
Jil Sander Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Hamburg 1968 Fashion
Junghans Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Schramberg 1861 Watches
Junkers Industrials Aerospace Dessau 1895 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 1969
K+S Basic materials Speciality chemicals Kassel 1889 Fertilisers
Kärcher Industrials Waste & disposal services Winnenden 1935 Cleaning equipment
Kaufland Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Neckarsulm 1985 Hypermarket, part of Schwarz Gruppe
Keimfarben Basic materials Speciality chemicals Diedorf 1878 Paints
KfW Financials Banks Duisburg 1906 Financial services
Klöckner & Co SE Industrials Industrial machinery Duisburg 1906 Metal distribution
Knorr Consumer goods Food products Heilbronn 1838 Food brand, part of Unilever (Netherlands)
Knorr-Bremse Industrials Industrial suppliers Munich 1905 Braking systems
Koenig & Bauer Industrials Industrial machinery Würzburg 1817 Printing machines
Körber Industrials Industrial machinery Hamburg 1995 Mechanical engineering
Krauss-Maffei Industrials Industrial machinery Munich 1931 Mechanical engineering, part of ChemChina (China)
Krones Industrials Industrial machinery Neutraubling 1951 Mechanical engineering
KSB Company Industrials Industrial machinery Frankenthal 1871 Mechanical engineering
KUKA Industrials Industrial machinery Augsburg 1898 Automation
Lamy Consumer goods Nondurable household products Heidelberg 1930 Writing instruments
Lanxess Basic materials Speciality chemicals Cologne 2004 Chemicals
Leica Camera Consumer goods Recreational products Wetzlar 1914 Optical imaging
Leidolf Consumer goods Recreational products Wetzlar 1921 Cameras, defunct 1962
Leoni AG Industrials Electrical components & equipment Nuremberg 1917 Cable and harnessing manufacturing
Lidl Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Neckarsulm 1930 Part of Schwarz Gruppe
Lindauer Dornier Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Lindau 1985 Textile machinery
Linguatec Technology Software Pasing 1996 Machine translation
Linhof Consumer goods Recreational products Munich 1887 Camera manufacturer
Loewe Consumer goods Consumer electronics Kronach 1923 Consumer electronics
Löwenbräu Consumer goods Brewers Munich 1383 Brewery, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev (Belgium)
LSG Sky Chefs Industrials Transportation services Neu-Isenburg 1942 Airline catering, part of Lufthansa
LTU International Consumer services Airlines Düsseldorf 1955 Leisure airline, defunct 2009
Lufthansa Consumer services Airlines Cologne 1955 Largest German airline
Lürssen Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Bremen-Vegesack 1875 Shipyard
Magirus Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Ulm 1866 Trucks and industrial vehicles
Magix Technology Software Berlin 1994 Software publisher, part of Bellevue Investments
Mahle GmbH Industrials Industrial suppliers Stuttgart 1920 Automotive parts
MAN Industrials Commercial Vehicles & Trucks Munich 1758 Automotive, mechanical engineering, part of Volkswagen Group
Mann+Hummel Industrials Industrial suppliers Ludwigsburg 1941 Automotive parts
Mannesmann Industrials Diversified industrials Düsseldorf 1890 Now part of Vodafone, ThyssenKrupp, Siemens, Salzgitter AG
Mast-Jägermeister Consumer goods Distillers & vintners Wolfenbüttel 1878 Alcohol
Meindl Consumer goods Footwear Kirchanschöring 1683 Shoe manufacturer
Meinl Percussion Consumer goods Recreational products Gutenstetten 1951 Musical instruments
Meinl-Weston Consumer goods Recreational products Geretsried 1810 Musical instruments
Meissen porcelain Consumer goods Durable household products Meissen 1708 Porcelain
Melitta Consumer goods Beverages Minden 1908 Coffee
Mennekes Industrials Electrical components & equipment Kirchhundem 1935 Industrial plugs and connectors
Mercedes-AMG Consumer goods Automobiles Affalterbach 1967 Automobile and engine manufacturing, part of Daimler AG
Mercedes-Benz Consumer goods Automobiles Stuttgart 1883 Automotive, part of Daimler AG
Merck Health care Pharmaceuticals Darmstadt 1668 Pharmaceuticals
Messerschmitt Industrials Aerospace Augsburg 1938 Aircraft manufacturer, defunct 1968
Metro AG Consumer services Broadline retailers Düsseldorf 1964 Diversified retailer
Metz Consumer goods Consumer electronics Zirndorf 1938 Electronics manufacturer, defunct 2014
Meyer Werft Industrials Commercial vehicles & trucks Papenburg 1795 Shipbuilding
Miele Consumer goods Durable household products Gütersloh 1899 Domestic appliances
Montblanc Consumer goods Nondurable household products Hamburg 1906 Luxury goods
Munich Re Financials Reinsurance Munich 1880 Reinsurance
Nemetschek Technology Software Munich 1963 Software
Nero AG Technology Software Karlsruhe 1995 Software
Netto Marken-Discount Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Maxhütte-Haidhof 1984 Supermarkets, part of Edeka
Nordzucker Consumer goods Food products Braunschweig 1997 Sugar
NSU Motorenwerke Consumer goods Automobiles Neckarsulm 1873 Now part of Audi, defunct
Opel Consumer goods Automobiles Rüsselsheim am Main 1862 Automotive, part of Groupe PSA (France)
Orenstein & Koppel Industrials Industrial vehicles & trucks Berlin 1876 Defunct 1999
Osram Industrials Building materials & fixtures Munich 1919 Lighting
Otto GmbH Consumer services Broadline retailers Hamburg 1949 Mail order company
Otto Bock Health care Medical equipment Duderstadt 1919 Wheel chairs, prosthetics
Paulaner Brewery Consumer goods Brewers Munich 1634 Brewery, part of Brau Holding International
PCC SE Basic materials Speciality chemicals Duisburg 1993 Chemicals, energy, logistics
Penny Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Cologne 1973 Supermarkets, part of REWE Group
Philipp Holzmann Industrials Heavy construction Frankfurt 1849 Defunct 2002
Phoenix Contact Industrials Industrial machinery Blomberg 1923 Automation
Plus Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Mülheim 1972 Part of Edeka, defunct 2009
Porsche Consumer goods Automobiles Stuttgart 1931 High performance vehicles, part of Volkswagen Group
ProSiebenSat.1 Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Unterföhring 2000 Mass media
PTV AG Technology Software Karlsruhe 1979 Software design and consulting
PUMA Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Herzogenaurach 1948 Apparel and accessories
Putzmeister Industrials Industrial machinery Aichtal 1958 Concrete pumps
Radeberger Brewery Consumer goods Brewers Radeberg 1872 Brewery, part of Dr. Oetker
Recaro Industrials Industrial suppliers Stuttgart 1906 Vehicle seating
Reemtsma Consumer goods Tobacco Hamburg 1910 Tobacco and cigarette
REWE Group Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Cologne 1927 Supermarkets, retail
Rheinmetall Industrials Defense Düsseldorf 1889 Defense and automotive
Rheinmetall Automotive Industrials Industrial suppliers Neckarsulm 1997 Automotive parts, part of Rheinmetall
Ritter Sport Consumer goods Food products Waldenbuch 1912 Chocolates
Robert Bosch GmbH Consumer goods Durable household products Waldenbuch 1886 Automotive parts, home appliance
Rohde & Schwarz Industrials Electronic equipment Munich 1933 Electronics
ROSE Bikes Consumer goods Recreational products Bocholt 1907 Bicycles
RRI Rhein Ruhr International Industrials Industrial machinery Essen 1942 Engineering
RUF Automobile Consumer goods Automobiles Pfaffenhausen 1939 Automotive
RWE Utilities Electricity Essen 1898 Electric generation and distribution
SABA Consumer goods Consumer electronics Triberg im Schwarzwald 1923 Radios, defunct 1980
Salzgitter AG Basic materials Iron & steel Salzgitter 1937 Steel producer
SAP SE Technology Software Walldorf 1972 Enterprise software
Sauer Flugmotorenbau Industrials Aerospace Ober-Olm ? Aviation engines
Schaeffler Group Industrials Industrial suppliers Herzogenaurach 1883 Automotive parts
Schaffhausen Communication Group Industrials Business support services Elmshorn 1978 Advertising
Schaller Guitarenparts Consumer goods Recreational products Postbauer-Heng 1945 Musical instruments
Schering Health care Pharmaceuticals Berlin 1851 Defunct 2006, now part of Bayer
Schmitz Cargobull Industrials Commercial Vehicles & Trucks Horstmar 1892 Trailers and truck bodies
Schott AG Basic materials Speciality chemicals Mainz 1884 Industrial glass, part of Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung
Schwan-Stabilo Consumer goods Nondurable household products Heroldsberg 1855 Writing instruments
Schwarz Gruppe Consumer services Food retailers & wholesalers Neckarsulm 1973 Supermarket holding company
Schwind eye-tech-solutions Health care Medical equipment Kleinostheim 1958 Medical technology
Sebamed Consumer goods Personal products Boppard 1957 Skin care products
Seca Health care Medical equipment Hamburg 1840 Medical scales and measuring instruments
Sennheiser Consumer goods Consumer electronics Wedemark 1945 Audio electronics
Severin Elektro Consumer goods Durable household products Sundern 1892 Household appliances
SEW Eurodrive Industrials General industrials Bruchsal 1931 Electric motors
SGL Carbon Basic materials Chemicals Wiesbaden 1992 Chemicals
Siemens Conglomerates - Berlin 1847 Industrials, energy, health care
SIG Sauer Industrials Defense Eckernförde 1976 Firearms
SimScale Technology Software Munich[4] 2012 Engineering simulation software
SkySails Industrials Industrial machinery Hamburg 2001 Marine propulsion by wind energy
Smart Consumer goods Automobiles Böblingen 1994 Automotive, part of Daimler AG
Software AG Technology Software Darmstadt 1969 Enterprise software
SolarWorld Industrials Industrial machinery Bonn 1988 Photovoltaics
Sonor Consumer goods Recreational products Berlin 1875 Musical instruments
Sortimo Industrials Industrial suppliers Zusmarshausen 1973 In-vehicle equipment
Staedtler Consumer goods Nondurable household products Nuremberg 1835 Writing instruments
Steinway & Sons Consumer goods Recreational products Hamburg 1853 Musical instruments
Stihl Basic materials Forestry Waiblingen 1926 Forestry equipment, garden tools
Südzucker Consumer goods Food products Mannheim 1926 Sugar
Symrise Personal products Flavours, gustatory and cosmetic substances Holzminden 2003 Flavours, gustatory and cosmetic substances
Talanx Financials Full line insurance Hanover 1996 Commercial insurance
Tchibo Consumer services Broadline retailers Hamburg 1949 Consumer goods, retail
Telefunken Consumer goods Consumer electronics Berlin 1903 Defunct 1967
Tengelmann Group Consumer services Broadline retailers Mülheim 1867 Retail holding company
Tente International Industrials General industrials Cologne 1923 Wheels and castors
Tetra Consumer services Specialty retailers Melle 1951 Fishkeeping supplies
The Linde Group Basic materials Speciality chemicals Munich 1879 Industrial gas production and plant engineering
ThyssenKrupp Conglomerates - Duisburg 1999 Steel, engineering, shipyards
trivago Technology Internet Düsseldorf 2005 Hotel and travel search, part of Expedia, Inc. (US)
Trumpf Industrials Industrial machinery Ditzingen 1923 Machine tools
T-Systems Technology Software Frankfurt 2000 Part of Deutsche Telekom
TUI Group Consumer services Travel & leisure Hanover 1923 Hospitality, tourism
Ulla Popken Consumer goods Clothing & accessories Rastede 1880 Clothing
Ultrasone Consumer goods Consumer electronics Tutzing 1991 Audio electronics
Underberg Consumer goods Brewers Rheinberg 1846 Bitters
United Internet Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Montabaur 1988 ISP
Vaude Consumer goods Recreational products Tettnang 1974 Clothing, mountain sports equipment
Vector Informatik Technology Software Stuttgart 1988 Software
Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke Industrials Aerospace Bremen 1964 Defunct 1981
Viessmann Industrials General industrials Allendorf (Eder) 1917 Heating systems
Villeroy & Boch Consumer goods Durable household products Mettlach 1748 Ceramics
Voith Industrials Industrial engineering Heidenheim an der Brenz 1867 Mechanical engineering
Volkswagen Group Consumer goods Automobiles Wolfsburg 1937 Automotive
Volkswagen Consumer goods Automobiles Wolfsburg 1937 Part of Volkswagen Group
Vonovia Financials Real estate Bochum 2001 Real estate
Vossloh Industrials Industrial transportation Werdohl 1888 Railway systems engineering
Wacker Chemie Basic materials Chemicals Munich 1914 Chemicals
Wacker Neuson Industrials Construction & materials Munich 1848 Construction equipment
WAGO Kontakttechnik Industrials Electrical components & equipment Minden 1951 Electrical components
Warsteiner Consumer goods Brewers Warstein 1753 Brewery
Wella Consumer goods Personal products Darmstadt 1880 Hair care and cosmetics
Wera Werk Hermann Werner Consumer goods Durable household products Wuppertal 1936 Tools
Weser Flugzeugbau Industrials Aerospace Bremen 1934 Defunct 1964
Wilkhahn Consumer goods Furnishings Bad Münder 1907 Office furniture
Wintershall Oil & gas Exploration & production Kassel 1894 Part of BASF
Wirecard Financials Financial services Aschheim 1999 Payment solutions
Wittenstein Industrials Industrial engineering Igersheim 1949 Mechanical engineering
Wolff & Müller Industrials Heavy construction Stuttgart 1936 Construction
Wortmann Technology Computer hardware Hüllhorst 1986 Computer manufacturer
Würth Industrials General industrials Künzelsau 1945 Fasteners
Wüsthof Consumer goods Durable household products Solingen 1814 Kitchen knives
ZF Friedrichshafen Industrials Industrial suppliers Friedrichshafen 1915 Automotive parts
Ziehl-Abegg SE Industrials Electrical components & equipment Künzelsau 1910 Electrical components

See alsoEdit


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