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Donau-Iller

The section of the cross-Länder planning region Donau-Iller which lies in Baden-Wuerttemberg includes the Alb-Donau district, the Biberach district and the city of Ulm. The center of the region is formed by the city of Ulm in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian city of Neu-Ulm. The region’s economy relies very much on small and medium-sized enterprises including many family businesses. But also numerous world market leaders are located here. The industrial strength of the region is complemented by an excellent industry mix.

Industry mix and world market leaders as key factors

The cross-Länder planning region Donau-Iller covers an area of approx. 5,460 square kilometres. The regional section lying in Baden-Wuerttemberg includes the Alb-Donau district, the Biberach district and the city of Ulm. The center of the region is formed by the city of Ulm in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian city of Neu-Ulm. The regional clusters and cluster initiatives, respectively mostly operate across the federal state borders. Compared to Baden-Wuerttemberg as a whole, the region's economy is characterized by a particularly strong influence of the manufacturing sector. Consequently, business activities in the services sector account for a smaller share compared to the federal state's average.

The region's economy relies very much on small and medium-sized enterprises including many family businesses. But also numerous world market leaders are located here. The industrial strength (inter alia mechanical engineering, pharmaceutics) of the region is complemented by an excellent industry mix.

The most important industries include (by the number of jobs liable for social insurance contributions excluding commerce, the construction and the public sector):

  • the metal and mechanical engineering industry as well as the manufacture of fabricated metal
  • the commercial vehicle construction including suppliers
  • the manufacture of pharmaceutical products
  • logistics

Compared to the other districts, the innovative strength of the Donau-Iller region occupies a ranking in the upper quarter. The hereto contributing factors include the above-average innovative level - ranking third among the listed regions - as well as the outstanding development of the region's innovation activities. Highly-innovative companies and an extensive research landscape with universities and non-university research institutions have played a decisive role with respect to this positive development.

 

 

Innovation Index of the region*
Overall index43,5 %federal state 38,8 %
  • Level index
40,5 %federal state 36,5 %
  • Development index
52,5 %federal state 45,8 %

 

Share of the employment in the different sectors**
Manufactoring 42,6 %federal state 36,2 %
Services 56,8 %federal state 63,3 %
  • commercial sector
 13,2 %federal state 13,3 %
  • corporate services
9,5 %federal state 12,5 %
  • transport
5,3 %federal state 4,1 %

*Statistical State Office of Baden-Wuerttemberg 2015

**Statistic of Employment of the Federal Employment Agency 2015

Donau-Iller
Contact person
Industrie- und Handelskammer Ulm
Jonas Pürckhauer
Olgastraße 97-101
89073 Ulm
Phone:
+49 731 173-169
Fax:
+49 731 173-173
Email:
puerckhauer(at)ulm.ihk(dot)de
WWW:
http://www.ulm.ihk24.de/

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Membered cluster initiatives

BioRegionUlm e. V.

Die BioRegion Ulm ist zentraler Standort für Entwicklung und Produktion von Biopharmaka. Sie ist Mittler und Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft sowie Plattform für interdisziplinären Dialog. Full screen
Contact:
Walter Pytlik
Phone:
+49 731 173-225
Fax:
+49 731 173-2225
Email:
pytlik(at)ulm.ihk(dot)de

Cluster Nutzfahrzeuge Schwaben e. V.

Der Cluster Nutzfahrzeuge Schwaben e. V. ist eine Plattform der Nutz- und Spezialfahrzeugindustrie sowie der Zulieferer, Dienstleister und der Wissenschaft. Full screen
Contact:
Christoph Martini
Phone:
+49 731 173-245
Fax:
+49 731 173-249
Email:
cns.martini(at)ulm.ihk(dot)de

Logistik-Cluster Schwaben (LCS) e. V.

Das Logistik-Cluster Schwaben mit 90 Mitgliedern, gegründet im Mai 2011, setzt Impulse für den Wirtschaftsbereich Logistik. Full screen
Contact:
Ingrid Eibner
Phone:
+49 821 3162-363
Fax:
+49 821 3162-178
Email:
eibner(at)logistik-schwaben(dot)de