Interest from energy and e-mobility sectors
This strong expertise makes northern Bavaria particularly interesting for companies working in the energy, electrical engineering and e-mobility sectors. There are also good transport connections available. Although Hof is located in a fairly rural area, there is a freight traffic center with a container terminal at the city’s main railway station.
The American company Vishay was one of the first to take advantage of the region back in the 1980s, when it invested in the ceramics and porcelain stronghold of Selb. Over a hundred years ago, the famous porcelain brand Rosenthal invented ceramic solutions for the energy industry. Even today, ceramics are irreplaceable in industrial electrical engineering (e.g. as insulation in high-voltage pylons), because the material does not conduct electrical current. Europe’s first insulator test field was developed by Rosenthal in Selb and garnered important insights for electrical engineering. The niche business that Vishay bought in 1987 has become a worldwide enterprise, and the company’s European headquarters remain in Selb to this day.
Bavaria’s Japanese connection
Last year, the Japanese group Kyocera also came to Selb. The company is best known as a manufacturer of printers and copiers, but it also has a fine ceramics division. Kyocera was interested in the local business H.C. Starck Ceramics, a leading supplier of high-precision, large components for the semiconductor industry, which is also strong in the production of powders and components made of technical ceramics.
The production line for porcelain artifacts at the Rosenthal factory in Selb, Bavaria. Porcelain manufacturers have a long tradition in the region, but today they mainly produce technical ceramics, which are an indispensable component in many electronic products.