Growing medical technology hub
Since then, several companies have set up in Halberstadt, particularly from the medical technology sector. More than a third of Saxony-Anhalt’s 75 medtech companies are based in the city today. HA2 Medizintechnik is one of the largest and most advanced gas sterilization companies in the state – many of its customers rely on its chemical sterilization process for their products. “Proximity to HA2 is a huge benefit, especially for newly established companies,” explains Rimpler. More than 1,000 jobs have been created by several companies as a result.
The unique selling point of gas sterilization makes Halberstadt particularly interesting for medtech companies that manufacture disposable products. Their deliveries, for example to hospitals, are often very specialized. Individual parts are supplied on a case-by-case basis. This offers a clear advantage for other businesses based in the Halberstadt area, who can save time and money by having their products sterilized locally.
U.S. investment in Halberstadt
Nanostone Water came to Halberstadt in 2004. The spin-off of the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken develops and produces ceramic filters with nanotechnology, which are used for pollution-free drinking water, among other things. Eight years later, the U.S. venture capital investor True North Venture Partners entered the business and the company was able to expand its production facility at a cost of EUR 11 million in 2016 (the state supported the investment with EUR 2.75 million). “The outstanding development of ceramic membrane technology on site was an important prerequisite for our ongoing investments in Halberstadt,” explains Mark Schweizer, CEO of the U.S. parent company.