German industry has long tradition of "Maschinenbau" (machine construction). Today, this is seen by the huge number of companies designing and constructing machinery of all kind.
Many of those Maschinenbau companies are focusing on certain very narrow and high-tech area, typically making machines which are used in making other machines. Meanwhile other industries moved manufacturing to Asia, Maschinenbau companies have pretty much kept production in their own hands locally.
Typically these products are expensive and manufactured in small volumes, thus the cost benefit of mass production in Asia is not achieved. More important is to have highly skilled workers in assembly, and have fast feedback cycle from production back to the design department.
At the Hannover messe, I spotted number of products designed by my company, as usually. Among those customer references, I have picked up here couple of good examples of the spirit of Maschinenbau.
|Beamex MC6 field calibrator.|
|Epec 6107 Display Unit with Cortex-A9 multi-core CPU.|
These two Finnish companies are good examples of why the German industry is doing so well. By focusing on very high tech domain and having production of their own, this kind of companies are not threatened by Asian competition, but instead they are exporting to China in fact.