Future Atlas

Lakeside Idyll Hides Industrial Hothouse

Friedrichshafen aerial panorama at night. Friedrichshafen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.
Friedrichshafen, a quiet well of creativity and industry.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • The Lake Constance locales drew high marks in business potential according to the latest Future Atlas rankings by Prognos.
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  • Facts

    Facts

    • Friedrichshafen and neighboring Lindau have strong industrial roots with companies like ZF Friedrichshafen, Liebherr-Aerospace and a Continental unit.
    • Friedrichshafen is famous for Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin’s invention of the zeppelin.
    • While the lake district got high marks in a ranking of economic potential, the region faces space, transportation and skilled-labor issues.
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Say “Lake Constance” in southern Germany, and people usually think summer resorts and apple juice.

But it wasn’t tourism, fruit and wine that made the region that spans the industrial city of Friedrichshafen immensely prosperous.

The district’s auto parts suppliers, machine manufacturers and aerospace industry helped give the region its high rating in economic potential according to the Future Atlas 2016, an innovation ranking by Prognos, a research institute.

One of the region’s most famous forefathers summed up the region’s can-do attitude.

“You only have to want it and believe in it, and then it will succeed,” was one of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin’s favorite sayings. He lent his name to the rigid airships that achieved high-flying success, if only for a short time, at the beginning of the 20th century.

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