The best known German engineering consultant is Porsche Engineering, headquartered in Weissach on the outskirts of Stuttgart.
The highly secretive offshoot of Porsche's car business does work for just about every major car manufacturer. It also handles development of new Porsche models.
Recent breakthroughs have been in the field of lightweight construction techniques, using a new form of pressed steel. Porsche Engineering was given the management role in the ULSAB (Ultra Light Steel Auto Body) research project supported by a consortium of auto steelmakers.
Its leading work in environmental technology has been rewarded with a decision by the German government to establish the German Automobile Industry Emissions Center at Porsche Engineering.
Porsche recently established a satellite division in Bietigheim-Bissingen, not far from Weissach. With a workforce of 120 engineers, the new subsidiary concentrates on advanced projects.
Another Porsche Engineering subsidiary, located in Troy, Michigan, US, specializes in body development.