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The future of the automotive industry in Saarland


Gesellschaft für Transformationsmanagement Saar mbH



Our mission

The automotive industry is undergoing fundamental and profound change worldwide. The intensity of these transformation and change processes in the automotive and supplier industries, but also changes in customers and mobility users’ behaviour, as well as the redesign of legal and administrative frameworks (e.g., the Supply Chain Act), place the industry under huge pressure for innovation and action.

The Saarland economy is particularly strongly influenced by the automotive industry and its suppliers, and is thus directly and integrally affected by their transformation.

The 2017 study “Autoland Saarland” confirms that there is positive future potential for the automotive industry in Saarland, but the past five years have seen a dynamism that not only demands a reassessment of the status quo, but also of future prospects.

The “Future of the automotive industry in Saarland” study is intended to present the current status quo and perspectives of the automotive sector in Saarland and to specifically consider the following aspects:

  • Analysis of the status quo of Saarland as an automotive location: economic indicators, regional value added, and location-related factors
  • Analysis of current technological, economic, and ecological development drivers and their impact on the automotive industry in Saarland
  • Derivation of strengths and weaknesses, and opportunities and risks for the automotive location of Saarland by means of surveys and additional expert discussions (workshops)
  • Derivation of strategic goals and concrete action recommendations on national policy and company/operational level

Our approach

In the context of an inventory analysis, we will process these aspects quantitatively and qualitatively. Saarland’s actors and their perspectives, policy, and location requirements are included in our analysis, as well as their perspective for the Saarland economy and the global automotive industry. Our technically and scientifically based inventory analysis renders an up-to-date assessment and classification of the automotive and supplier industry in Saarland possible on the basis of current key figures and data.

Based on these elements, we derive strategies and concrete recommendations for action for politicians and companies as well as other actors (the labour market and qualification) in Saarland in a comprehensible, transparent, and implementation-oriented manner.

Last update: 10/05/2023

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