About the project

Thuringia is proud of the companies in its territory. Their success is a reflection of the state's economic appeal. "Market Champions" presents a selection of high-performing companies: market and technology leaders that offer impressive products and services in Germany, Europe or worldwide.

The "Market Champions" project was created by the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Technology and Labor and the State Development Corporation of Thuringia - LEG. A survey conducted by LEG identified 94 companies in Thuringia. They include well-known global players such as Analytik Jena, Carl Zeiss and Jenoptik as well as hidden champions like 3D International Europe, Häcker Automation and Smartfiber.

Survey findings

  • 94 Thuringian companies were identified as market and technology leaders
  • of which 32 companies are world market leaders and 62 are market leader in Europe

Most of the companies operate in these industries:

  • Life sciences (20)
  • Electronics/optoelectronics (26)
  • Mechanical engineering and plant construction (10)

Regional Distribution:

  • East Thuringia, especially Jena (39)
  • Central Thuringia, especially Erfurt and Ilm County (31)
  • Southwest Thuringia (24)

Project coordinator:

  • Implementation by State Development Corporation of Thuringia
  • On behalf of the Thuringian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society