In 2003, the available potentials in this field have prompted the Free State of Bavaria and the region of High Franconia to launch the project automotive supplier park Pole-Position with Automobiltechnikum Bayern (automotive engineering center).located at the edge of town together.
The automotive industry is said to be Germany's leading industry of the next decade as well. Although the increasing requirements of the automobile industry regarding the supply industry lead to more in-house and joint development as well as closer co-operations.
In collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry for Economy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, the idea arose to support these co-operations and technology requirements, in particular for small and medium-sized companies. A unique automotive competence center for the medium-sized automobile supply industry with the components supplier park and Technikum in Franconia was created.
The further "add-on" and actual unique selling point is provided by the Automobiltechnikum Bavaria. Supplier park and Technikum are considered a unit.
The Automobiltechnikum as core of the supplier park offers testing systems for automobile supplier companies. This and the connection to leading Bavarian research centers and colleges of automobile engineering facilitate the performing of own research and development work which also is driven by the formation of co-operations. Thus a basis is created which helps medium-sized suppliers to boost technical progress in the automotive industry independently.