Industries & Clusters

These Industries are Our Strengths

From young up-and-comers to world market leaders, the Neckar-Alb region is dominated by mid-size companies working in a diverse range of business areas. The following six industries represent our business location's key economic areas. Use this overview to learn more about the Neckar-Alb's myriad activities and achievements in these highly innovative economic sectors.

Mechanical Engineering

The Swabian Inventors

The plant and mechanical engineering industry is the most important economic factor in the Neckar-Alb region. Producers of automation solutions tend to work primarily in the areas of vehicle manufacturing, textiles, and medical technology. Future areas of focus for the mechanical engineering industry include nano and surface technologies, lightweight solutions, sensors, image processing, measurement technology, and system integration.

Medical Technology

The Pacemakers of the Region

Together with the University Hospital Tübingen (UKT) and other development institutions, more than 75 internationally networked companies form the core of the Neckar-Alb region’s medical technology cluster. Located in the heart of Baden-Württemberg, our region is bordered by the economic region of Stuttgart to the north and the medical technology region of Tuttlingen to the south.


Interwoven with the Region

Home to a growing number of technical textile specialists and world-famous fashion labels, the Zollernalb district and areas around Reutlingen and Tübingen form the basis of the region's traditional textile industry. Germany is currently world leader in the export of technical textiles, followed by the United States and China. The Neckar-Alb region's strong infrastructure with textile machinery manufacturers and textile suppliers provides the ideal framework for innovation.


A Region at Full Throttle

The Neckar-Alb region is located in the middle of “Car Country” Baden-Württemberg. Here, about 200 companies and 27,000 employees play their part in the region’s automotive value chain. Thanks to the region’s various research institutions and universities, automotive suppliers like Bosch, Elring-Klinger, Automotive Lighting, Eissmann, Zeltwanger, and Schiller are sure to find highly qualified professionals and a friendly environment for innovation.


Work and Research in the Home of the Future

What exactly makes the Neckar-Alb region an internationally recognized site for biotechnology? First and foremost, it’s a scientific environment that focuses on business-oriented research and development in all aspects of biotechnology. The Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen brings fresh impetus that reaches far beyond regional borders.

Timber & Renewable Energies

Using Alternatives Well

The EU directive concerning renewable energies calls for 20% of the total power supply to be covered by renewable sources by the year 2020. Forestry and wood processing has played an important role in the heavily forested Neckar-Alb region since time immemorial. Approximately 2,000 companies – from market leaders like SchwörerHaus to local skilled craft businesses – form the timber and renewable energies cluster in the Neckar-Alb region.

Skilled crafts and trades

The economic power next door

Skilled crafts and trades, with its many small and medium-sized businesses, are regarded as the backbone of the national economy and are sources of growth and employment. The region of the Chamber of Crafts Reutlingen with the districts of Freudenstadt, Reutlingen, Sigmaringen, Tübingen and Zollernalb generates annual sales of 9.2 billion euros.

Marketing for the region is the central task of the Standortagentur Tübingen – Reutlingen – Zollernalb GmbH. The Standortagentur aims to promote and strengthen the international image of the Neckar-Alb region within the European Metropolitan Region of Stuttgart, as well as demonstrate the region’s appeal to visitors and investors. Partners of the Standortagentur include 32 cities and municipalities, three regional districts, the Neckar-Alb Regional Association, as well as the Reutlingen Chamber of Crafts (HWK) and Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK).