Somewhat further south, at the winter sports resort Oberhof in the Thuringian Forest, a further success story is currently initiating – for Thuringia as a tourist location. A new 4-star-plus premium family hotel will arise here under the Austrian brand Mayer Family Hotels with 120 rooms and 500 beds leading to investments of around 50 million euros in the location, thereby creating 140 new jobs.
Vivisol invests heavily in Thuringia
The Italian homecare company Vivisol combined its capacities at its Thuringian site in 2018: the specialist for medical-technological aids in the domestic field has already been located in the Free State for 15 years and opened a new administrative location in Arnstadt in September on a 12,000 m plot. Approximately 2.5 million euros were invested in the project. The building offers a capacity of 130 workplaces that could perspectively be doubled. Vivisol supplies over 80,000 patients in Germany alone with medical-technological aids, including for oxygen therapy, home mechanical ventilation and aerosol therapy. The company is part of the Italian SOL Group.
The South African company Bell Equipment is also setting course for the future in Thuringia. The construction vehicle manufacturer is expanding at the “Kindel” industrial estate near Eisenach and investing around 13 million euros. The project will create 135 new jobs in the medium term. Work on the major investment, which includes the construction of new workshops, a modern office and staff building and the equipping of the production facilities, began at the end of June with a symbolic ground-breaking. The new building complex will house the manufacture of proprietary assemblies and vehicle components for the globally-marketed articulated dump truck.
Also in Eisenach, car manufacturer BMW remains on a robust growth path: by 2022 the BMW Group will have invested 42 million euros in its Thuringian factory, thereby doubling the production area and increasing its workforce by 20 percent. The investment and the expansion of the factory ensure the long-term competitiveness of the location and will make Eisenach the largest tool manufacture location in the BMW Group production network.
Thuringian town Gotha will in future be enlivened by precision work from abroad, thanks to the Canadian company Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc., which is locating in the “Gotha-Süd” industrial park. The manufacturer of precision iron and aluminium moulds, mainly for the automotive and aerospace industries, will in future offer aftersales, repair and maintenance services at the site to its German and European clients.
In the construction boom of recent years, the Logistics Centre in Apolda was a major support for the Austrian Doka Group, the market leader in the formwork sector, in supplying the immense demand. For this reason the location, built in 2013, is now being expanded into the European distribution centre. Doka has already invested 14 million euros in its 11.4-ha centre of distribution. Now a further 6 to 8 million euros are being spent on ca. 2.5 ha of additional area and on expanding the site. Today, as in the past, Apolda, near Weimar, was selected by virtue of its central location in Germany and excellent infrastructure.
Schuster Kunststofftechnik, part of the Japanese Nissha Corporation, celebrated the opening of its new logistics building in Waltershausen in 2018. 1.5 million euros were invested in the 2,800 m² property; further investments are planned at the location. The medium-sized company, with its 180 employees, specialises in plastics processing, primarily for the automotive industry.
A new research facility is being established in Thuringia in the field of biomedicine. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has put a new research centre into operation in Erfurt, where three Fraunhofer institutes are to conduct interdisciplinary research into new medical procedures at the interface between medicine and biology. Those participating are the Institutes for Photonic Microsystems, for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering and for Cell Therapy and Immunology. A total of 35 million euros will have been invested in the setting up of the project centre by 2023. The new centre will further consolidate Thuringia as a location in its core sectors of optics, medical technology and microelectronics. The number of employees at the research facility is expected to rise steadily to 60 by the time it goes into regular operation.
The go-ahead of the ICE-City Erfurt investment project represents a further milestone of successful 2018 Thuringian investments. The official start represents an important stage for the city development project “ICE-City Erfurt”, one of the largest of its kind in Germany. As an ICE hub, Thuringia’s state capital will become the meeting point of Germany‘s newest fast routes. This moves the entire Free State into the transport centre of Germany and will attract tourists and conference guests to Thuringia as well as business travellers. With the city development project, a modern urban space for living and working is coming into existence around Erfurt Central Station. Over 30 hectares, this development area offers space for the ideas and visions of urban and project developers, hotel operators, entrepreneurs and investors.
The Free State is a captivating centre for high-performance industries and innovations, so that ever more companies from a wide variety of sectors are finding their way to Thuringia.