Germany Trade & Invest invites you on November 21, 2017 to the 13th Japan-German Industry Forum. With an annually changing industry focus, JGIF puts the diverse and excellent position of German industry in Europe in focus for potential Japanese investors and partners. This year's JGIF focuses on the German energy market with respect to the opportunities and new business fields for German and Japanese companies.[More...]
Today, in 2017, the new federal states - these include Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and the city state capital of Berlin - have developed into a competitive and innovative business location in the heart of Europe. The historical success story of this region since Reunification in 1990 is in no small part due to small and medium-sized businesses who have successfully continued the region’s strong industrial traditions. Many new businesses have been set up or settled in the east. A number of high-performance industries are now based in the region.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, also known as the ”land of a thousand lakes,“ occupies a land surface area of 23,193 square kilometers and is home to a population of 1.6 million. All told, the state actually has more than two thousand lakes which - together with countless nature parks, castles, quaint Hanseatic villages, an expansive coastal region and white cliffs – form the basis for the region’s thriving tourism sector. Rostock is the largest city in the federal state with around two hundred thousand inhabitants, followed by the state capital, Schwerin, with a population of just over 91 thousand.
The industry state of Brandenburg forms - together with Berlin - Germany’s capital region. With a land area of around 30 thousand square meter, the capital region is as big as Belgium. A population of around six million – of which approximately 2.5 million people are in Brandenburg – means the region is more densely populated than countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland. Potsdam, with a population of almost 160 thousand, is Brandenburg’s state capital with other major urban centers including Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus, and Frankfurt (Oder). The German capital region Berlin-Brandenburg is located between the growth markets of central and eastern Europe and the major economic centers of western Europe. Be it Warsaw or Amsterdam, Paris or Minsk – the capital region is always at the center.
Almost 892 square meter in size and with a population of 3.3 million, Berlin is the capital city and seat of government in the Federal Republic of Germany. A federal state in its own right, Berlin forms the center of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region.
A number of companies’ decision to locate their businesses in Berlin has helped make the city a strong business location. Major concerns including Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, and Sony have set up headquarters in the city. Just as many small and medium-sized, mostly young and innovative companies have made Berlin their home. In just two decades, Germany’s biggest city has not only become a gateway between east and west, but has been transformed into one of the most vibrant, creative, and innovative cities in the world.
Saxony-Anhalt currently has a population of around 2.3 million inhabitants and covers a land surface area of more than 20,000 square kilometers. Alongside the federal state capital of Magdeburg, the cities of Halle (Saale) and Dessau-Roßlau make up further important industrial focal points. Saxony-Anhalt is a dynamic and productive business location that scores highly thanks to the high performance of employees and employers as well as the right economic framework and attractive location factors. Close proximity to markets in western and eastern Europe thanks to its central location in Germany, a highly qualified workforce and excellent national transport connections are “trademarks” of the state.
With a population of around four million and a land area of approximately 18,400 square kilometers, the Free state of Saxony counts as one of Germany’s medium-sized federal states. Dresden is the federal state capital, with the free state boasting two further large cities in Leipzig and Chemnitz. Saxony is the birthplace of German industrialization, with traditional industries – including mechanical engineering and automotive assembly – still strongly represented today. More than 650 suppliers produce parts for the six vehicle and engine production facilities operated by VW, Porsche, BMW, and NEOPLAN. Leipzig has also gone electric: The BMW i3, BMW’s first mass-produced electric vehicle, has been in production at the company’s Leipzig site since 2013.
Its central location at the heart of Germany and Europe, high-performance infrastructure, innovative companies and researchers, and a highly qualified workforce help make Thuringia an in-demand business location.
Thanks to its favorable location and a modern, well-developed infrastructure, the state is popular with companies from across the world - as the presence of Rolls-Royce, BMW, Daimler, Opel. KNV, and Schenker amply demonstrates. From mid-2017, two important inter-city express (ICE) routes will cross in Thuringia’s capital city Erfurt. This will dramatically reduce travel times to Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, and Dresden, further enhancing the attractiveness of both Erfurt and Thuringia as business, investment and conference locations.