The Tuttlingen region is the world center of medical technology

The cluster extends far beyond the city of Tuttlingen and extends to numerous communities in the area. It is difficult to give an exact number of related companies. Around 400 companies are included in the cluster for the city of Tuttlingen. The vast majority of them have fewer than 20 employees, the largest of which offers work for over 3,000 people at the Tuttlingen location alone

The world center of medical technology

Most of the Tuttlingen companies operate worldwide. More than 65% of the products are exported, especially to the important markets of the EU and the USA, but also to South America and Asia. Even in the Tuttlingen banking world, this situation is reflected in appropriately proportioned foreign departments.

Many of the companies in Tuttlingen pursue a long-term and sustainable growth strategy in a growing global market. In recent years - with the exception of 2009 - the number of people employed in the industry has increased steadily, so that a pronounced shortage of skilled workers can be seen early on.

For this reason, the Tuttlingen-based companies have been committed for many years to ensure the supply of young people and specialists. The local companies invest a great deal in training. A training quota of eight to ten percent is no exception, even in larger companies.

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.

Tradition of the world center of medical technology