The industry in Niedersachsen

Niedersachsen has a very wide range of services that unites a diverse range of competencies from the entire mobility industry. Innovative Networks between business, science and politics ensure an efficient and effective knowledge transfer between the competence holders.

Niedersachsen's aerospace competencies extend to all stages of the value chain. From research on new materials and the development, production and maintenance of equipment and structural systems to innovative solutions in air traffic management, Niedersachsen offers tailor-made products and services in all areas of aerospace.

Niedersachsen - a prime aviation location in Europe      
> approx. 30,000 employees in the aerospace industry        
> more than 250 companies and facilities at over 350 locations 
> high international connectivity        
> Hotspot for aviation aerospace research

A total of around 30,000 people are employed in the aerospace industry and the associated value chain in Niedersachsen. More than 250 companies and facilities at over 350 locations in addition to airports and aviation companies ensure that Niedersachsen is one of the top aviation locations in Europe.

With its diverse and large university landscape, numerous institutes of non-university research facilities and a large number of innovation clusters and research associations, Niedersachsen is one of the leading research locations in the aerospace industry. Researchers in Niedersachsen cover all aerospace topics.

Airports and air traffic


Niedersachsen's airports guarantee a high level of international connectivity and thus ensure the attractiveness of the business location. In addition to the two commercial airports Hannover-Langenhagen (HAJ) and Braunschweig-Wolfsburg (BWE), numerous commercial airfields also offer a high level of air mobility.



Originating in Niedersachsen, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) Volkswagen, Meyer Werft and Airbus are keeping the world moving in the various areas of mobility. Airbus has set itself the goal of highly efficient and sustainable aircraft production.

Supplier industry

Supply industry

Niedersachsen has a well developed supplier industry around the Northern German plants of Airbus and Premium Aerotec. Today, every Airbus aircraft is in parts "Made in Niedersachsen". Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of Niedersachsen's aviation industry as suppliers.

Professionals and research

Skilled labour

Niedersachsen provides access to education and training across the entire aviation and aerospace value chain. A unique pool of research institutions and research-intensive companies complements and expands the portfolio.

Lightweight construction

Lightweight construction

The aviation and aerospace industry is a driver, field of application and nucleus for the cutting-edge technology of lightweight construction. There is a wide range of expertise and experience as well as new and developing structures and activities in Niedersachsen.



The MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) sector is one of the most prosperous economic sectors in aviation. In Niedersachsen, there are numerous companies active in the field of aircraft maintenance and repair, offering a wide range of services for aircraft maintenance and repair.



The market segment of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) as well as their combination with robot technologies are a central future field for Niedersachsen.

General Aviation

General Aviation

Niedersachsen is known across Germany as the federal state with the most extensive competencies in general aviation. This sector, which is geographically and thematically very heterogeneous, is characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises.



Due to the commercialization of the space sector, which was previously dominated by states and space agencies for a long time, this area has been subject to a high degree of momentum in recent years.

Niedersachsen Business Map

Niedersachsen Business MapThe ministry of economy, labour, transport and digitilization in Niedersachsen has launched a digital platform for location marketing. There, the state of Niedersachsen is presented as a location for founders, skilled labours and especially for companies from inland and abroad.

A central element of the website is the interactive Niedersachsen Business Map, in which enterprises and research organizations can be found. Companies based in Niedersachsen in the focused industries can submit their entry with a linked form.

You can find the Niedersachsen Business Map here >

Investment and funding programs in Niedersachsen


The state of Niedersachsen offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and start-ups in particular various funding and financing options through the investment and development bank of Niedersachsen - NBank. For this purpose, the state has set up a number of funding programs to support you in founding or succeeding a company as well as growth, investment or innovation projects in Niedersachsen. You can reach the NBank on +49 511 30031-9333 or by email.


The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in Niedersachsen provides industry-specific information on:

  • the latest, innovative technologies, 
  • market-oriented research and development results, 
  • sales and production cooperation and 
  • inquiries for innovative technical solutions or R&D know-how from Germany, 40 European countries as well as China and the USA.

Find innovative technologies or cooperation partners from your industry in just a few minutes. The technology database below contains several hundred cooperation offers and requests.

Further information and the contact persons of the EEN Niedersachsen team can be found on the EEN website.