Top Investments 2018 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

December 2018

NIT establishes local subsidiary in Germany

The Finnish shipbuilding company NIT has established a subsidiary company in Germany to provide support for local projects, sales and service. Business operations started in May 2018 under the leadership of Sebastian Lagerlöf. NIT Naval Interior Team GmbH is located in Wismar, where NIT has launched a new turnkey cruise ship interior project with MV WERFTEN.

NIT is one of Europe’s leading turnkey suppliers of ship interiors. The company specialises in the most challenging elements of a ship’s interior, such as staircases, restaurants, nightclubs and spas. The business focus of NIT is on delivering turnkey projects including all needed services, such as design, project management and installations of everything required inside the hull.

According to Lagerlöf, NIT expects the German shipbuilding market to continue to grow strongly in the foreseeable future.

“We see positively on our customer’s perspectives, and we believe we will be able to serve them better if we serve them locally. I think that in the future there will be many success stories that we can share with our German customers,” he said.

Lagerlöf insists that NIT is interested in cooperation with all German shipyards building passenger ships and ferries.

“We will operate with flexible, ambitious and highly experienced teams in Germany. We have now started recruiting local staff who share our vision to become the most respected partner and best place to work in this industry.”

Ship interior, created by NIT  © NIT

Vital high technology  from the Far East

 The Guandong Biolight Meditech Co., Ltd. builds new production site in Laage

Among other things, the Chinese medical technology group Biolight Meditech Co., Ltd. specializes in the production of state-of-the-art dialysis-related products. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, the company owns eight manufacturing facilities with approximately 900 employees and sells its high-quality medical products in 135 countries. In order to expand its presence in the German market, the Group is now planning a new production facility in the Rostock region with its joint venture BM Bioscience Technology GmbH.

The medical technology company BM Bioscience from Poppendorf is an important manufacturer for dialysis technology. The joint venture agreement with Medtec GmbH was signed on 13 September 2017. The plan is to have a medical technology site of 2 to 10 ha, at which more than 100 jobs will be created in the final expansion phase. At their favored location for the company settlement the industrial park “Invest! Port” in Laage they have already bought 2 ha of land. In the first stage, about 12 million euros will be invested and 40 to 50 jobs will be created. Biolight Meditech is expected to build the building and product line and then lease it to the joint venture with BM Bioscience.

New Logistics Center

Fenix Outdoor Logistics GmbH is building a new logistics center in the Ludwigslust Industrial Area Stüdekoppel. The company manufactures and markets outdoor products, and belongs to the Swiss company Fenix Outdoor International AG. According to company information, the entire mail order business for the Fenix Holding will be handled from Ludwigslust in the future. These include the brands Fjällräven, Primus and Hanwag as well as the retailers Globetrotter Ausrüstung in Germany, Partioaitta in Finland and Naturkompaniet in Sweden. For this purpose, a new logistics hall of nearly  10,000 square meters will be built in the industrial area, as well as an office building adjoining to two floors. Furthermore, investments will bemade in the machine park, including an automated bag sorting system, return stock and forklift trucks facilities. During the first stage, at least 66 new jobs will be created at the site.

Mayr-Melnhof Holz from Austria takes over the Hüttemann Group

The acquisition makes the new company the leading glulam manufacturer in Europe

“The laminated wood sector of the Mayr-Melnhof Group and the portfolio of the Hüttemann Group complement each other perfectly, both geographically and in terms of product range ,” said DI Richard Stralz, CEO of Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, after his company completed its takeover of Hüttemann Group, which after numerous acquisitions within the Group, is a new stage of growth.

“With the Mayr-Melnhof Group, we have found the right partner for succession planning in our company. The Mayr-Melnhof Group has the know-how to optimally continue the existing business and will strategically develop the Hüttemann Group for the benefit of our customers and employees,” commented Regina Hüttemann and Mathias Herbst-Hüttemann on their decision to sell.

The Mayr-Melnhof Holz Group, headquartered in Leoben (Austria), was founded in 1850 and employs about 1,650 people. The company generated annual sales of around € 550 million in 2017.

The Hüttemann Group was founded in Olsberg in 1891 and employs about 250 people. The company is divided into the business segments “Timber Construction Service”, “Construction” and “Meisterholz”. The sites in Olsberg and Wismar together generated annual sales of around € 65 million in 2017 in the production and services of glued laminated timber.