Inventive Genius

Baden-Württemberg's great strength is its economy. Baden-Württemberg has a robust export driven economy and invests enormous amounts in research, development and innovations. 4.8% of Baden-Württemberg's annual gross domestic product is invested in research and development, more than in any other region in Europe. With 133 patents per 100,000 inhabitants, Baden-Württemberg tops the German league table in inventiveness. These patents ensure that a little bit of Baden-Württemberg can probably be found in nearly every household in the world.

Some inventions from Baden-Württemberg you might be familiar with:

  • Wilhelm Schickardt invented the first mechanical calculator, the distant precursor of the pocket calculator and, it could be argued, of the computer in 1623
  • Louis Leitz applied for a patent for his famous ring binder in 1871
  • the engineer Carl Benz obtained a patent for his Benz patent motor vehicle number 1 in 1886 - the official birth year of the car 
  • in 1929, Andreas Stihl presented the first petrol-driven motor chainsaw in the world
  • the world's first electronic dry copier first saw the light of day in Baden-Württemberg
  • in 1958, Artur Fischer invented the dowel, a real breakthrough in wall mounting systems
  • in 1965, Bosch set new standards of vehicle safety with the invention of the ABS anti-lock braking system
  • since 1994, car producer Daimler has applied for 180 patents in the field of fuel cell technology
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