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Bremen - a long-standing centre of automotive production

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Bremen can look back on a long history as an automotive city. The first car plant in Bremen opened in 1906, and its first customer was none other than Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Bremen has been a centre of automotive production for almost as long as cars have been around. The Mercedes-Benz plant, the city's biggest private employer, makes more than 338,000 vehicles every year (as at 2014) and is the main global plant for the C-Class range.

The car terminal in the port of Bremerhaven, the region's pioneering role in electromobility, and the outstanding research that is currently being done at the city's universities make Bremen an ideal location for investment in the automotive sector. 

Map showing automotive manufacturers, suppliers and logistics companies in Bremen

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Centre of excellence for the automotive industry


Bremen has established itself as a centre of excellence for the automotive industry and can report a number of success stories in this field. Its strong and efficient automotive network comprises more than 40 suppliers, while around 17,000 people work in the industry across the Bremen region.

Bremeninvest created the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate as a centre for Bremen's automotive suppliers. Its direct links to the motorway and to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen make it an optimum location for the vehicle manufacturing industry. Bremeninvest is also helping companies to apply for funding from the German government and the EU.

A strong network: Automotive Nordwest e.V.


The Automotive Nordwest network brings together manufacturers, suppliers and organisations involved in research and training. It aims to raise the region's profile as a centre of excellence for the automotive industry and also to strengthen business relationships. The network's members benefit in particular from the sharing of information and knowledge at events, meetings, forums and workshops.

Automotive Nordwest works across the industry as a platform for communications and collaboration in the Bremen region.


Automotive research institutes at a glance:

  • BIAS Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology
  • BIBA Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics
  • BIME Bremen Institute for Mechanical Engineering
  • DFKI German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence
  • FIBRE Bremen Fibre Institute
  • IFAM Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials
  • IMSE Institute for the Development of Mechatronic Systems
  • IWT Bremen Institute for Materials Technology
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