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.
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 137,000 kilometre long road network and efficient railway network, whose capacities will be further expanded in the future. About 50 million tonnes of goods are currently transshipped by rail, an environmentally friendly mode of transport, which contributes to a significant reduction in road congestion and an active reduction in CO2 emissions. The 24 ports offer excellent connections to Europe's most important waterway, the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. The ports are transshipment points for about 6.5 million tonnes of freight. Approximately 400,000 tonnes of air freight are handled at the two largest Bavarian airports, Munich and Nuremberg. There is an efficient network of transshipment points and freight transport centres for the efficient linking of transport modes, which will be further expanded in future.
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.
As the logistics sector, intralogistics and industry 4.0 are closely linked as sub-sectors of the digitisation megatrend in the value chain, the IT Logistics Cluster was founded as a joint network for the logistics and ICT sectors. The declared aim of this cooperation and communication platform is to strengthen Bavaria's position as an ICT and logistics location in the long term through long-term collaboration and the exchange of information between industry, science and politics. An investment in the future that has already been awarded the Silver Label by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).
“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.
Bavaria is also home to a large number of innovative start-ups, which are driving digitisation and efficiency in the logistics sector even further with fresh ideas. For this purpose, there are numerous collaborations with established logistics players, for example to optimise supply chains, routes and fleet utilisation, to automate warehouse logistics or to offer end customers greater convenience on the last mile of the delivery process than before.