The technology axis of the south

Augsburg is in the heart of a strong economic and highly innovative region

What is the technology axis of the south?

Augsburg is located in the heart of southern Germany in the technology axis of the south – one of the most dynamic economic and innovation areas in Europe. It is also the meeting place of the AM community from the German-speaking countries and Europe.

A multi-level study by Prognos AG (2016) commissioned by various chambers of commerce and industry from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg defined the main route along the A8 motorway as the technology axis of the south, one of the most technology-intensive and innovation-rich areas in Europe.

With pioneering companies and renowned research institutes, including the Fraunhofer IGCV, Augsburg has established its prominent position in the AM industry, both in terms of exhibitors and users.


The Prognos AG study commissioned by several chambers of commerce and industry from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg shows the following key findings:

  • There is a clear regional “division of labor” between research, development and technology-oriented production along the “technology axis south”. This emphasizes the need for efficient transport routes for networking and logistics which are crucial for the manufacturing industry.

  • The economic areas of Donau-Iller (Ulm/Neu-Ulm, Günzburg, Memmingen) and Augsburg (with Donau-Ries, Dillingen and Aichach-Friedberg) are technological workbenches”.

  • The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors and mechanical engineering in the Ulm/Neu-Ulm area are represented far above the average in the “technology axis” compared to the rest of Germany.

  • Mechanical engineering is clearly the major industry in the Augsburg area, with aircraft construction being the prominent of all the sectors in the whole “technology axis”. This is 6.2x more concentrated in the region compared to the national average in Germany. Even in the “chemical triangle”, that sector is “only” 4x more concentrated.

  • The “patent density” in this area is 2.7x higher than the national average.


More information and a download of the study as a PDF is available here:

Website of the Schwaben Chamber of Commerce