Mechanical and plant engineering in Germany

One of Germany's most important industries is mechanical and plant engineering. According to Statista, it is currently the second leading German industrial sector in terms of turnover and employees, just behind the automotive industry.

In addition to machine tools, the main focus of this sector, which is strongly characterised by small and medium-sized enterprises, is on drive technology, agricultural machinery, textile machinery, mining, building materials machinery and materials handling technology.

Due to its close links with the metal and steel, electronics and electrical engineering, chemical, plastics and automotive industries, mechanical and plant engineering is integrated into numerous value chains.

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Mechanical and plant engineering is strongly affected by constantly increasing quality and innovation pressure. Quality management certified according to ISO 9001 is therefore particularly worthwhile, as the standard explicitly addresses innovation-promoting topics such as strategic opportunities and risks or knowledge management. First and foremost, however, the standard contributes significantly to optimising existing company processes: A certified quality management system also opens up scope for developing new ideas.

For companies involved in the supply chains of the automotive and railway industries, certification according to the industry standards IATF 16949 and IRIS (ISO TS 22163) is another way to demonstrably meet the high quality requirements in these areas.


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Compared to other industries, the environmental impacts in mechanical and plant engineering are rather low. Nevertheless, more and more companies in the industry are addressing their impact on the environment: for the sake of sustainability and for reasons of legal compliance, sustainability-related performance is backed up with credible evidence.

An environmental management system certified according to ISO 14001 or validated according to EMAS forms the basis for the continuous improvement of environmental performance and supports your company in meeting legal requirements through the economical use of raw materials and energy, in permanently reducing costs and in responding to the ever louder calls for more ecological action.


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By introducing an energy management system according to ISO 50001, potential savings can be identified and energy sources can be used more efficiently. In addition, a certified system protects you against the particularly complex legislation in this area.

As an accredited certification body with a wide range of approvals, we issue certificates that not only fulfil the standard requirements, but also guarantee recognition by state authorities.

For example, state benefits or tax refunds, such as the Special Compensation Scheme (BesAR) under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the successor regulation to the Peak Compensation Scheme under the SpaEfV, are linked to the operation of a systematic EnMS in accordance with ISO 50001, EMAS or (for SMEs) an Alternative System. Our certification is worth your money.

If the mechanical and plant engineering sector is to be aligned in a climate-friendly way, particular attention is paid to CO2 and NOx emissions in the supply chain and the optimisation of the company's own operating processes.

Emissions in the supply chain are many times higher than at the company's own sites - the total emissions from direct suppliers alone are three times as high.

Thus, climate neutrality is linked to a variety of technical and technological innovations: Energy reduction, transition in supply to renewable energy sources, technological innovations and compensation of those emissions that are still indispensable.

A functioning climate strategy in one's own organisation is therefore essential. It is based on a solid greenhouse gas (GHG) balance. The majority of the emissions generated in the industry occur in the company's own production and via its direct suppliers. The Corporate Carbon Footprint serves as a management tool to identify the main CO2 emissions, to determine mitigation measures, to implement cost reduction plans and to build trust. If individual products are to be assessed for their emission intensity, the Product Carbon Footprint is used. More information also on

An occupational health and safety management system (SGAMS) certified according to ISO 45001 helps to minimise accident and illness-related absences in your workforce. When introducing and maintaining an SGAMS, there are primarily links to environmental management. But other systems can also be easily linked.

As a member of the globally represented AFNOR Group, GUTcert offers you certifications worldwide - also in combination with, for example, environmental or quality management.

Evidence of sustainability-related performance is increasingly becoming mandatory criteria in major tenders. The awarding of contracts in the value chain in Germany and Europe also often depends on what the company achieves and how transparently it communicates this.

The motivation for an audited report arises for listed companies on the one hand directly from the reporting obligation of theCSR-RUG or for small and medium-sized companies indirectly, as they are part of the supply chain of large companies. The mechanical and plant engineering sector supplies many of the large companies that are obliged to report according to CSR-RUG - therefore the public commitment to sustainability is increasingly part of daily business here as well.

A verified sustainability report is a proven instrument for presenting economic, ecological and social corporate performance to business partners, customers, NGOs and the public.

A sustainability report is also an advantage when it comes to filling out evaluations for supply chains that are common in Germany, such as EcoVadis.

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Linking or integrating different management systems not only brings cost benefits but also organisational simplifications. If the different requirements are combined in an integrated system approach, this minimises the overall expense for setting up and maintaining the entire management system. Price advantages of up to 50% compared to the separate handling of the individual procedures are not uncommon. Combining audit dates, for example, reduces the time required to a single on-site audit, the duration of which is significantly shorter than the sum of the individual audits.

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