Halle’s Weinberg Campus Technology Park is a prime location in eastern Germany for international R&D in the fields of life sciences and materials sciences. Since opening its doors in 1993, it has provided a platform for around 250 start-ups.
Location / Regions in Structural Transition
Green technology: Thuringian researchers develop bio-adhesive.
Ilmenau in Thuringia has successfully made the transition from traditional industry during the GDR era to a prime, modern location for technology. Companies can find large industrial sites for development and a strong local science network.
Germany’s largest green hydrogen plant is to be built on the windy west coast of Schleswig-Holstein. State development initiatives are driving structural change around Germany’s Energy Transition program, and companies will find plenty of investment opportunities and support funding.
The death of the coal industry dealt Saarland a hammer blow. But then the region around the city of Saarbrücken remembered its strengths – its proximity to France and its broad research landscape in computer science.
The future looked bleak for Halberstadt in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt – a city dependent on a dying industry. Then it became one of eastern Germany’s “model cities for reconstruction” and developed into a hub for medical technology.
The economy of Kaiserslautern, a former military base, slumped after the withdrawal of American and French troops in the nineties. However, the region in Rheinland-Pfalz has reinvented itself as an attractive location for information technology and science.
Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia was once the epicenter of the coal and steel industries in Germany. Today, the Ruhr region is powering Germany’s energy revolution, and Essen’s green energy cluster has become a hotspot for innovative energy solutions.
For a long time, the city of Görlitz, on the border with Poland, suffered from the decline of the coal industry. But the Saxon city is being regenerated as a tourist location and is now positioning itself as an attractive real estate location with several advantages for investors and international companies.
All over the country, companies are struggling to meet the demands of digitalization. Meanwhile, the technology hotspot of Darmstadt in Hessen is home to a new generation of IT companies.