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Germany has a rich and diverse nanotech landscape, with industry players of all sizes catering to the strong demand for nanotechnology both in our domestic markets - especially the automotive, optical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries - and abroad. We continue to enhance our already strong international reputation for scientific expertise. Moreover, our government puts more funding behind this industry than any other country in Europe and has generous new initiatives aimed at expanding and solidifying our lead. Take a look at our numbers and see what we have to offer. We'll find a place for you - and your parts - too!

Key Players

  • The nanotechnology industry in Germany comprises about 2,000 key players: approximately 40 percent of these are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 13 percent are large companies, 24 percent are university institutions, and 9 percent are research institutions or other organizations such as professional networks, government agencies, associations, or financial institutions (as of July 2012).
  • The number of key nanotechnology players has increased by 50 percent since the end of 2008.
  • The total number of employees in the industrial nanotechnology sector in Germany was estimated at 61,000 in 2010.
  • Approximately 80 percent of nanotechnology companies are SMEs and start-ups; 70 percent have been founded in the years since 1985.

Nano-Map is an interactive map of nanotechnology expertise in Germany. Users can search for nanotechnology experts from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large companies, universities and research institutions, government agencies/associations, financial institutions, and media/museums. Search results can be sorted by region, application, and technology, and then displayed in clear and comprehensible maps. Detailed search filters allow for a specific search according to select fields of technology and application.


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