The metal industry can look back on a long tradition in Tuttlingen. The ducal iron smelter was founded in the Ludwig Valley in the 17th century just outside the city. And that was no coincidence either: there was a large amount of floor ore around Tuttlingen - a raw material that you only had to save.
Knife and nail smithies settled near the smelting plant, and in 1866 craft became an industry. Gottfried Jetter founded a factory for the production of surgical instruments and thus laid the foundation stone for Tuttlingen medical technology.
In addition to medical technology, well-known companies from the fields of mechanical engineering, automotive supply and biotechnology as well as numerous service providers work in Tuttlingen. They all ensure that the Tuttlingen income is significantly above and unemployment rate below the average.
As the world center of medical technology, Tuttlingen is a city in which around 180 patents are registered each year and whose products are exported worldwide.
The majority of the approximately 21,000 employees subject to social security contributions work in the manufacturing sector. In second place are employees in the service sector. The third place is accounted for by people who work in the retail, hospitality and transport sectors.