Munich maintains its importance as a venue for manufacturing in Bavaria.

Adding value to the local economy

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

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


According to the Bavarian State Statistical Office, a total revenue of EUR 358 billion was realized by Bavaria's manufacturing industry in 2018 - a rise of 1.2 % year on year.*


Munich's manufacturing industry generated total revenue of EUR 29.9 billion in 2018. International sales generated revenue of EUR 18.2 billion for Munich-based companies.

The manufacturing industry in Munich has a strong focus on exports, with the export ratio standing at 60.1 % in 2018 – far higher than the figure for Bavaria as a whole.

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

Importance of the manufacturing industry

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

Looking at gross value added, Munich's manufacturing industry accounted for 19.3% of the total amount. Even though this percentage recently has dropped slightly, it has increased in a long-term view (In 2010 it accounted for 18.3% and in 2000 for 16.7%), underlining the importance of this industry to the Munich economy. 

Manufacturing in Munich is also a key driver in stimulating company-related services - for example consulting or research & development.

Figures are counting companies with 50 and more employées.

Status: December 2019

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