Leipzig and the surrounding area has for many years been an attractive location for innovative new technologies, services and industries, and is one which continues to expand. Leipzig's core competencies are in the areas of medicine, biotechnology, information and communications technology, energy and environmental technology, and in the automotive industry and logistics – these last being the subject of targeted development as part of a regional cluster strategy.
The strategy has produced some notable successes. In 2002, Porsche began production of its Cayenne model at its new plant in Leipzig, and the new Panamera has also been built here since 2009. The plant boasts exclusive conference facilities as well as the company's very own test tracks, which can be used for on- and off-road trialling of the entire Porsche model range.
BWM also operates a major production plant in Leipzig. The BMW 3 Series saloon has been made here since 2005, and the 1 Series 3-door, Coupé and Convertible models have been built here since 2007, as has the BMW X1 since 2009. In all, around 700 vehicles leave the Leipzig factory every day.
In 2004 DHL decided to make Leipzig-Halle airport a European hub, creating 3,500 jobs here. Since 2009, AeroLogic – a Leipzig-based air freight company founded by DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo – has been operating daily scheduled services to Asia and the USA. Amazon.de also has a logistics centre in Leipzig.
The city has also been an important centre for the energy industry since the 1990s. The European Energy Exchange AG, based in Leipzig, is Germany's only exchange market for electricity. Verbundnetz Gas AG is a gas company operating across the whole of Europe, and it also has its headquarters in Leipzig. The company supplies around 16 per cent of the German gas market and is one of the ten biggest gas wholesalers in Europe.