Amazon Opens New R&D Center in Dresden

August 2021

Political VIPs turned out for a tape-cutting ceremony at Amazon’s new research and development facility in the Saxon city of Dresden. The American online retail colossus will be working together with the city’s technical university and is funding ten scholarships for IT students.

The new location will initially employ 120 people, with plans to expand that number to 340.

“We know that digitalization and software will be the key issues of the future,” said Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer at the opening. American general consul Ken Toco added that Amazon’s Dresden expansion showed that “the US and Germany can achieve great things together.”

The center is Amazon’s fourth R&D location in Germany and will specialize in cloud services. The other centers focus on language services (Aachen), machine learning (Berlin) and computer vision and causality (Tübingen).

(from left to right) Ken Toko, US general consul in Leipzig; Michael Kretschmer, prime minister of Saxony; Chris Schlaeger, managing director of the Amazon R&D center.