This article showcases our top picks for the best Germany based Mechanical Engineering startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Mechanical Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Germany Mechanical Engineering Startups
The Bosch Group is a supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016).
According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source.
The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries.
Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network cover nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength.
At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.. .
BigRep is a technology start-up based in Berlin with offices in New York, Boston and Singapore, which develops and manufactures the world’s largest 3-D printers. One of the groundbreaking developments of the company founded in 2014 is the BigRep ONE, which is supplemented by the smaller BigRep STUDIO.
Interdisciplinary and well-founded experience in the field of additive manufacturing characterizes the multi-national team of BigRep, now more than 80 employees. In addition to new products, the Berlin company is now concentrating on complete solutions for industrial customers in the form of integrated additive manufacturing systems.
Over the next five years, BigRep intends to become a leading supplier of additive manufacturing systems.. .
Valispace is a browser-based software that enables engineers to collaboratively develop better robots, drones, satellites, rockets, and other complex hardware. It is Github for Hardware.
It is a Data Driven Systems Engineering (DDSE) tool. It manages non-CAD data and engineering values.
It integrates different software tools through one single data hub: single source of truth. And automatically propagates changes through documents and simulations: technical change management.
Valispace was founded in 2016 by its Co-founder Marco Witzmann, Louise Lindblad, and Simon Vanden Bussche.
DyeMansion is a Munich, Germany-based company that offers a variety of high-volume finishing systems for an easy ‘Print-to-Product’ workflow that transform raw, 3D-printed parts into high-value consumer and industrial products. With the ability to provide precision coloring and finish to the most exact specifications, DyeMansion technology is already trusted by more than four-hundred customers, including leading global manufacturers in diverse industries, such as eyewear, automotive, retail, medical, and sports equipment.
That’s why DyeMansion has quickly established itself as the global leader in additive manufacturing finishing systems for 3D-printed polymer parts. DyeMansion works with all major industrial, powder-bed 3D printing systems, including EOS, HP, 3D Systems and Prodways and can deliver high-volume production for anything from luxury sunglasses to mission-critical automotive parts..
Covol Engineering Limited
Covol combines over 40 years of engineering experience with next generation technologies and services. The fact that they are not sector-specific testifies to their multi-disciplined, adaptable team.
But despite their breadth of knowledge, their meticulous processes enable us to hone their skills, speak the same language and strive towards the same goals. It allows us to dominate the engineering industry as a total solutions provider.
Their portfolio is extensive and includes blue chip customers. That means that their communication systems, processes and internal procedures are designed to facilitate change and business growth even under continuously evolving conditions..
Kumpan electric was founded in 2010 by three-part German and part Swedish brothers and became known as a manufacturer of electric scooters from Germany. Kumpan electric is a well awarded, internationally operating, green economy startup.
Kumpan electric develops, produces, and sells stylish electric vehicles (20-120 km/h) and energy storage systems for end consumers, fleets, and sharing companies (B2C, B2B). e-bility (Kumpan electric) is the first German manufacturer of electric scooters to adopt a uniform and holistic concept that sets it apart from other providers.
It represents sustainability, innovativeness, product quality, and design with the immediately recognizable brand look. The company has an understanding that the positive, tangible benefits for the environment will not be noticeable until electro-mobility is available to everyone.
E-bility has confidence in data collection integration via software to increase market sharing usage, transparency and achieve the optimum level of product quality. Kumpan electric’s vision: “They believe in change and optimization of mobility and the future of efficient, safe energy use, available to everyone.” Kumpan electric’s mission: “The implementation of innovative and green technology to replace the combustion engine by emission-free mobility solutions, thus improving the quality of life and safety for everyone within the ecosystem and the overall sustainability of the planet earth.”.
AutoAid is a SaaS company that provides Car Diagnostics for Smartphones, Tablets, and PCs. Since September 2008, the company autoaid GmbH is developing an internet based car diagnostic software.
The result is the product autoaid Internet Diagnose+ (aID+) which has been released onto the market in April 2013. Meanwhile this product is being used worldwide as the standard diagnostic solution in many repair shops, such as in Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Greece, the USA, Canada, and South Africa as well as Mozambique.
Today, the diagnostic system aID+ is already covering twelve car brands. For this purpose, a great amount of data needed to be made accessible and usable..
Cevotec offers smart production technology for fiber composites based on Fiber Patch Placement technology, enabling manufacturers to build complex parts fully automated in high volumes and quality. SAMBA is Cevotec’s high-tech preforming system for challenging 3D geometries and laminates with complex fiber orientation.
With ARTIST STUDIO, Cevotec provides the matching CAD-CAM software platform and, in addition, offers development services for prototypes and series products. Cevotec is a spin-off from Technische Universität München and partners with Airbus Group, Baumann Automation and the European Space Agency ESA to industrialize the production of complex composites..
IBG Automation GmbH
IBG Automation GmbH is a development partner in the automation of production processes in a wide range of industrial sectors. The IBG / Goeke Technology Group is an innovative development partner for technologies in the automation of production processes in a wide range of industrial sectors.
The group designs customized production systems right up to commissioning. The focus here is on innovative robot and automation systems for assembly and testing tasks.
The applications developed by IBG are used in almost all areas of industry: automotive, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, nutrition, aerospace, electronics, energy, consumer goods, furniture, telecommunications and many other areas. The service package ranges from development, design, engineering and prototyping through to turnkey systems..
Industrial Partners GmbH
Industrial Partners GmbH develops tailor-made, targeted solutions for our customers. The company unites an interdisciplinary team of enthusiastic engineers and designers.
It operates at three locations in Frankfurt am Main, Beerfelden im Odenwald and Tianjin, PR China. Its goal is: Everything from one source, without detours, we accompany your projects from the creative idea to the development of a design concept to production..
memetis GmbH develops and manufactures ultra-compact miniature valves and highly integrated microfluidic systems. Innovative actuator technology based on shape memory alloys ensures increased miniaturization of fluidic components and systems and a resulting high packing density. In addition to valves in the life science sector, the actuators are also used in other industries to realize movement in the smallest of spaces, e.g. in optics or closure mechanisms.
As a deep-tech company in the German technology center Karlsruhe, we remain true to the German art of engineering – from Baden to the whole world.
Space Structures, located in Berlin, Germany, is an independent engineering firm that specializes in the development of metal and composite structures and in the field of structural mechanics. The core competencies are structural design, analysis, validation, and documentation.
Our team has many years of experience in space, aerospace and mechanical engineering as well as steel structures. This qualifies the Space Structures GmbH to be the right choice for the development and implementation of innovative structures..
Vectoflow GmbH is a young, innovative company developing fluid-dynamic metrology devices. Their founders have gained a large amount of experience in the field of fluid-dynamic measurement systems and relevant industries.
They create unseen quality and designs by combining innovative rapid manufacturing methods. Their entrepreneurial spirit and motivation drives us to push the boundaries further.
They constantly improve and extend their product portfolio.. .
Landpack is specialised on the development, production, and marketing of environmentally friendly packaging, especially for grocery logistics. Their self-developed and internationally protected Landbox® is the first radical ecological insulation packaging globally comparable to styrofoam.
The Landbox® consists of pure straw – without additives. The packaging stands out: ecological, shock-absorbing, moist-regulating, volume-reducing, and optically appealing – with extraordinary performance.
Landpack® is the first company globally, which is able to process the abundant resource straw without massive use of adhesives. The procedure is protected by international laws.
The required, fully automatic installation was self-developed within three years. Landpack controls every step of the process from sowing to harvesting and processing of the straw and guarantees constant quality.
Their quality management system ensures constant standards and performance according to the high requirements of food products.. .
They are based in Munich. Their team is specialized in the development and design of cutting-edge, high-performance industrial robots.
Their vision is to make robots a commodity by putting the human at the center of the robot design. This design paradigm allows to seamlessly connect efficiency, digitalization and intelligent automation in order to achieve the optimal user experience..
Matmatch is an online platform that helps product designers and engineers to find, evaluate and source materials. With a database of thousands of materials, an intuitive search tool, and supplier listings, it changes the way product teams find materials for their projects.
It’s also completely free of charge for end-users. The Matmatch database is curated by an in-house team of material scientists, and contains a variety of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites.
We aggregate data from a variety of trusted sources and verify it before putting it online. You can find materials using a wide range of filters, including physical, chemical, and thermal characteristics.
You can also apply application filters to discover materials that have been used for similar products in your industry. For material suppliers, we offer a new way to reach customers online.
As a go-to source of information for engineers and procurement teams, Matmatch is the perfect platform for suppliers to raise awareness of their products and brand. We offer insights, analytics and opportunities for material suppliers to promote their expertise..
NORMA Group is a global market and technology leader in Engineered Joining Technology solutions, with more than 60 years of manufacturing and product-development experience. Employing about 6,000 employees, it has a global network of manufacturing facilities and numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
The Group manufactures a very comprehensive range of innovative joining-technology products in the clamp, connect and fluid categories and occupies a leading position as a solution provider. Its dedication to quality and its technological leadership has won NORMA Group the confidence of over 10,000 customers in more than 100 countries..
HKL Energieanlagen AG
Since 1997, HKL Energieanlagen AG from Gersfeld has stood for modern, energy-efficient and sustainable solutions in the areas of refrigeration, heating, and air-conditioning technology. Its main activities are in the areas of industrial and commercial refrigeration, IT air conditioning, ventilation and air conditioning and control cabinet construction.
In addition, HKL offers individual solutions for remote monitoring of technical systems. Its experienced customer service team will help in case of any disruption – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The company attaches great importance to our customers as an expert and reliable partner at all times.. .
Ferchau is an engineering and IT service provider that develops future-proof solutions for a wide range of industries. With more than 8,100 employees at more than 100 branches and locations, FERCHAU is the first address for engineering and IT projects as well as promising careers.
The company’s engineers, technicians, IT consultants, project and quality managers contribute to the success of their customers in a wide range of industries with excellent know-how and state-of-the-art technologies.. .
We are shaping the lightweight construction market of the future. Blackwave is a lightweight construction company that develops and produces high-performance components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for automotive, aerospace, medical technology, sports equipment and mechanical engineering sectors.
We have specialised in Carbon-Sheet Moulding Compound (C-SMC), in which the material is pressed into shape using high pressure and heat. The components produced are “cast in one piece”, have highly complex 3D geometries and can be manufactured quickly and economically.
By integrating ribs, different wall thicknesses or functional elements such as threads and fits, highly integral components are created which cannot be produced with conventional carbon manufacturing processes. The new design freedoms are the key to a number of new applications and industries.
Carbon is thus gaining in importance in all industries where lightweight components (automotive, aerospace, medical technology, sports equipment and mechanical engineering) make a difference.. .
Medineering is a medical technology company, which specializes in the development, patenting, and selling of innovative, robotic systems for the minimally invasive head surgery. The product portfolio consists of a modular set of surgical manipulators, which allow clinics and surgeons to choose the degree of automation and functionality, depending on the specific surgical requirements and financial constraints.
It manufactures and markets an application-specific and convenient robotic portfolio. It consists of the Intelligent positioning arm and compact application-specific robots helping surgeons in complex anatomical regions.
The company’s mission is to identify potentials in minimally invasive surgery, which can be unlocked with the aid of robotics. Medineering was founded on 2014 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany..
EDAG is an engineering service providers that develops vehicles, production plants, and the optimizes the processes. EDAG was founded on February 01, 1969 under the then name “Konstruktionsbüro Horst Eckard” by Horst Eckard in Groß-Zimmern near Darmstadt.
The company is one of the world’s largest independent development partners of the international automotive industry.. .
Plasmatreat is an atmospheric plasma-jet technology company that manufactures and supplies plasma equipment. The company provides plasma treatment and engineering for surface treatment technologies and surface modification.
It offers a broad spectrum of plasma systems and equipment for atmospheric plasma processes (Openair-Plasma) and for low-pressure plasma technology (Aurora). Plasmatreat main target areas for Plasmatreat applications are industrial microfine cleaning, surface activation and plasma coating of surfaces made of materials such as plastic, metals, glass, board, textiles, and composites.
It produces a homogeneous paint finish and long-time stable adhesion of the coating even under the most challenging load conditions. The company invests over 12% of its annual sales revenue in research & development and holds more than 150 patents on plasma equipment and processes.
Plasmatreat was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Steinhagen, Germany with an office in Elgin, IL, USA.. .
Metabowerke GmbH in Nürtingen is a traditional manufacturer of power tools for professional users. Under the Metabo brand name, the full range manufacturing of tools is offered in particular for the Metal and Construction trades as well as for Outdoor and Garden use.
Founded in 1924 in Nürtingen, Germany, Metabo is now a medium-sized company which produces both at their headquarters in Nürtingen as well as in Shanghai, China. 24 sales companies and in excess of 100 importers secure the international presence of the company.
Some 1,850 people work for Metabo around the world. In 2012, they achieved a predicted turnover of 347 million euros..
Vispiron offers engineering services for innovative electrical or electronic and mechatronic systems. Since its founding in October 2002, VISPIRON has been experiencing extremely dynamic corporate development.
This positive trend is reflected not only in positive growth rates, but also in the emergence of numerous jobs and successful industrial partnerships.. .
akvola Technologies is a German technology company specializing in water treatment. akvola designs, installs and markets package water clarification systems based on its proprietary technology akvoFloat.
This innovative ceramic flotation-filtration process provides high quality water with up to 90% lower energy consumption and 20% lower footprint than state-of-the-art technologies. akvoFloat can be used in many industries, such as: – Oil&Gas: Produced Water Treatment – Seawater Desalination Pretreatment – Food&Beverage – Mining – Pharmaceutical – Pulp & Paper – Semiconductors.
Teupen Maschinenbau GmbH
Teupen Maschinenbau GmbH develops and manufactures aerial work platforms and rubber track chassis. It also aerial access technology such as crawler-mounted access platforms, truck-mounted access platforms, trailer-mounted access platforms.
The company goal is to solve our customer’s height access challenges and help them to create sustainable cost and competitive advantages by using their products.Teupen was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Gronau, Germany.. .
elero, situated in Beuren near Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the leading manufactures of drive motors and controls for roller shutters, sun protection systems and rolling doors. A division of elero is also commited to the development and production of electric linear actuators.
elero’s product line is very versatile and offers a wide range of drives and controls as well as an extensive variety of electrical and mechanical accessories.. .
BOS Automotive Products
As an international company with locations in Europe, North America and Asia, BOS develops, manufactures and distributes innovative systems and components for the automotive industry. Over the last 100 years BOS developed into a global player working hard to acquire the technological and market leadership in essential product fields of the vehicle.
Continuous innovation and improvements, cost-optimized development and production processes as well as highest quality ensure competitive advantages and satisfied customers. Founded in 1910, BOS is a privately held company including all subsidiaries.
BOS’s vision of a global and customer-oriented automotive supplier is carried out by a dedicated management and workforce focusing on customer-specific product solutions.. .
DURIT is developing and producing precision tools and construction components made of carbide. It offers solutions with which can meet the demands for cost-effectiveness: durable precision tools, wear-resistant structural components, and finishes.
The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany.. .
Telemotive is a renowned automotive supplier, both for technological products and for engineering services. Telemotive now has a workforce of over 500 employees.
Its customers include well-known automotive groups like Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen.. .
The Meshparts software is a finite element (FE) pre and post-processing software. Unlike other FE programs on the market, Meshparts works component-oriented (similar to modern CAD software) and allows you to create assemblies from individual FE models and assemblies from sub-assemblies.
In addition, the software integrates a large library of pre-defined, parametric FE models that can be used and reused.. .
DYNAmore is dedicated to support engineers to solve non-linear mechanical problems numerically. Their tools to model and solve the problems are the finite element software LS-DYNA as solver and LS-OPT for optimization.
They sell, teach, support, and co-develop the software and provide engineering services.. .
ACTech produces cast unique parts and small batches for customers from various industries for the automotive industry and its suppliers, for the aerospace industry, for machine and plant manufacturers. As one of the leading global companies in this area, ACTech provides all design and production processes, under one roof, necessary for the speedy production of complete casting parts.
From the 3D data set, ACTech produces complete castings which are ready to be installed and tested.. .
STAHLGRUBER is one of Europe’s most important partners for the automotive repair industry. We supply everything modern repair workshops may need: from wear parts to lifting platforms.
‘Constant mobility’ is not only something we expect from ourselves, but also something we promise their customers. And they have been keeping our promises.
For nearly 100 years.. .
EXCELLENCE AG is a stock corporation that develops connections between customers, projects, and candidates. It offers suitable experts for the engineering industry.
The comprehensive engineering and personnel services range from the processing of individual project components to the overall project management. The company is active in various industries and include renowned corporations, local specialists, and world market leaders in the SME sector among customers.
It bundles interdisciplinary expert knowledge and work with resident engineers or in one of the competence centers near the customer. The employees of EXCELLENCE AG are experienced in the development of automation solutions in the fields of mechanics, electronics, electrical engineering, embedded software, and robotics and can also strengthen teams in project phases with design services.
Industrial companies use the expertise in project planning and control as well as the company’s proven experience in series production. EXCELLENCE AG was founded on 2013 and is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany..
Ingenno is a Berlin-based design & engineering company providing high-end services to clients pursuing innovation through physical and digital design & development. Ingenno is supporting projects about new smart IoT products and interactive systems (medical, industrial, consumer, apps and more), User Experience and User Interface (UX/UI).
At Ingenno, we perceive design as the leading innovation factor providing solutions by combining new and conventional technologies around a human-centred approach. Design is the medium that shapes and realises a new idea, making the creator’s vision accessible by all five human senses, using any combination of common and state-of-the-art technologies.
Our mission at Ingenno is to contribute to our clients’ success through design, engineering and development, by strategically and creatively supporting their efforts to achieve increased competitiveness and take advantage of new growth opportunities. By placing the human individual -not the object- at the focal point of design, we manage to create solutions that provide users with the optimal combination of functional and emotional value.
Our Ingenno team consists of experienced and restless designers, engineers, developers, analysts and consultants who apply proven user-research, ethnography, ideation, pilot testing, usability optimisation and innovation management related methods, tools and technologies like empathetic role-playing, brainstorming, mind-mapping, design thinking, fast-prototyping, free and digital sketching, 2D & 3D modelling, rendering & animation, CAD & CAE, animated video creation & production, 3D printing prototyping and Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR & VR). Ingenno has a long track record of supporting client and research projects in the fields of creating new products and systems for medical biotechnology, smart living, energy management and optimisation, manufacturing, industrial automation, assisting and integrating technologies and more.
Ingenno participates in all the process stages from project brief to prototype development like: brief definition, user profiling and needs, design & technical requirements, ideation and conceptualisation, enclosure, mechanical and interface design, engineering and development, iterative prototyping, testing and manufacturing and production preparation support. Ingenno reassures that the project outcome, whether it is a physical product, a digital application or a smart system, will be designed around the user, serving the user’s needs and respecting the user behaviour, while taking into account market positioning, competitive features, production costs and sustainability..
IMS Robotics GmbH has been active in the field of modern environmental technology since 1992. They specialize in the development and manufacture of robots for sewer rehabilitation.
Their IMS team consists of more than 60 motivated employees. They work closely with Their customers and suppliers to take on the great knowledge and experience in Their products..
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