Dow already recognized the potential of the site when it bought the industrial park in 2007. In addition to Dow and its successor DuPont, three other large companies are located there, including the film manufacturer Wipak, a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Wihuri, and Epurex Films, a subsidiary of the materials manufacturer Covestro. Public funding to drive structural change was provided by Niedersachsen and the European Union.
“We have constantly introduced ourselves to project developers and brokers, and attended trade fairs and congresses,” recalls Krohn. The effort paid off. In 2015, the “A27park Walsrode” opened up another industrial area, where e-commerce companies such as the Irish toy manufacturer Smyths Toys are locating their European logistics arms.
The area is expected to expand to a further 40ha in the coming years. “This will allow SMEs as well as other large corporations to settle here,” says Krohn. The location is well suited to import and export businesses, as goods can be transported to the freeway, airports and the northern German seaports quickly and efficiently.
The fact that several international companies are already in the region makes it easier for foreign investors to commit. Resident service providers are used to dealing internationally, and building permits are issued quickly.