Logistics Bavaria's industrial character offers logistics companies the ideal conditions for making new business contacts. In addition, the state's offers an excellent transport infrastructure with a road network stretching to 137,000 kilometres, an efficient rail network, multiple goods transport centres and much more.


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Sector in brief

Bavaria's industrial character offers logistics companies the ideal conditions for making new business contacts. 21.3 per cent of all those working in Bavaria are involved in processing industries – a figure which is well above average. Companies in sectors in which Bavaria is a world leader, such as the automotive and mechanical engineering industries and medical, energy and environmental technology, offer great order potential. Furthermore, eight of Germany's ten largest online retailers have their headquarters or a site in Bavaria. For good reason: southern Germany is home to the biggest-spending consumers.



36 billion euros sales in logistics in Bavaria

Bavaria's logistics sector represents sales of EUR 36 billion, accounting for around 18 per cent of total German sales. Employing over 400,000 people, the logistics sector in Bavaria is a real driver of growth. Bavaria offers an excellent transport infrastructure with a road network stretching to 137,000 kilometres and an efficient rail network. Its 24 ports provide an outstanding connection to Europe's most important waterway, the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. The ports handle around 10.5 million tonnes of freight. In addition, the two largest Bavarian airports in Munich and Nuremberg turn over 350,000 tonnes of air freight. This combined transport approach is supported by efficient terminals and goods transport centres in Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Straubing.

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Talent and research

Over 20 universities and universities of applied sciences in Bavaria teach logistics expertise. There are also many apprenticeship programmes run by vocational colleges and chambers of commerce and industry, complemented by excellent options for IT training.

Research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services (SCS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics Prien project centre (IML) and the Logistik-Kompetenz-Zentrum (LKZ Prien) use interdisciplinary projects to work with business in developing successful solutions to the challenges of logistics. Logistics in Bavaria relies heavily on innovative solutions for logistical processes, in order to organise the transportation of products and goods, as well as plant logistics and the flow of materials, in an even more efficient and customer-orientated way. This creates potential for new value creation in Bavaria: an opportunity for providers of IT solutions such as data security, cloud computing, mobile applications and management and payment systems.


In Bavaria, you will be joining a strong business community. Almost all large logistics companies are represented here: DHL, UPS, Schenker, Hellmann, Maersk, Hanjin Logistics, ProLogis and Goodman are just a few examples. The global players Dachser and DPD have their headquarters in Bavaria, and many foreign companies such as Amazon, Ingram Micro, Office Depot, NYK Logistics and Rexel have chosen to locate their distribution centres here.
transport logistic” in Munich makes Bavaria the home of the world's leading trade show for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management. Bavaria's “Netzwerk Logistik” offers innovation platforms focused on specific topics, in order to bring experts from business and science together. It is open to anyone involved in the supply chain and is in contact with over 1,400 companies and research institutions in 12 European countries. As an umbrella brand, "Logistics Initiative Bavaria“ characterises the uniform appearance of logistics in Bavaria and serves as a means of coordination for the different networks in this sector.


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