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Baden-Württemberg presents its strong engineering industry at MWCS 2013 in Shanghai for the first time

Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) will be joining various innovative Baden-Württemberg companies at MWCS – the Metalworking and CNC Machine Tool Show in Shanghai, China, from 5 to 9 November – to showcase Baden-Württemberg's advantages as a location for business and science.

MWCS is one of the largest international trade fairs for machine tools, metalworking and production, construction forms and tools. Not only will international visitors be provided with insights into the development of the Chinese metal industry, numerous exhibitors from all over the world will also be showcasing technical innovations in all areas of industrial metalworking.

This is the first time Baden-Württemberg will be represented at MWCS with a joint stand. In hall E4, the companies Alfred Raith GmbH, Heimatec GmbH, Kasto Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH, Behringer GmbH, Meba Metall-Bandsägemaschinen GmbH, Hawema Werkzeugschleifmaschinen GmbH, Kern GmbH Spindel Full Service and Hora Werk GmbH (a member of the Leipold Group) will be showing how much the federal state in Germany's southwest has to offer in the area of mechanical engineering. In 2012, just under 300,000 people were employed in Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering industry. This is around 25 per cent of all people working in this sector in Germany. Moreover, more than one fifth of the total turnover achieved by Baden-Württemberg's industry as a whole is generated by the mechanical engineering segment.

Foreign markets, above all, are extremely important for Baden-Württemberg's mechanical engineering companies. Altogether, 72 per cent of all the machines and mechanical equipment they produce is exported. The USA still heads the list of top buyers but is closely followed by China in second place. Almost one third of machines imported by China comes from Germany, most of them from  Baden-Württemberg. In addition, China's economy is continuing to grow. This is reinforcing the relevance of the People's Republic for the German mechanical engineering industry, not only as an important sales market but also as a major production location.

The conditions in Shanghai, the place where the trade fair is taking place, are also very good. With just under 14 million inhabitants, Shanghai is the biggest city in the People's Republic of China. MWCS thus enables access to one of the largest sales markets in the world for machine tools and other, related segments of industry. At MWCS in November 2012, 443 exhibitors presented innovations from their industry. The more than 119,000 trade visitors demonstrate the importance of the trade fair for the end-user market, which is highly developed from a technological point of view. Technological innovations go along with progress made in automation systems for industrial production. Industrial Automation, the leading automation trade fair, which illustrates this fact, is taking place at the same time.

"Many innovative companies in the mechanical engineering industry are located in Baden-Württemberg, where excellent work is being done in the field of technical research and education by the state's universities and research institutes", says Jürgen Oswald, Chief Executive Officer of bwi. "Visitors to MWCS will be able to come to our joint stand and find out for themselves about the ideal conditions that are offered by our location – not only for investors but also for companies seeking to engage in cooperative ventures."




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