Top Investments in Hessen 2021

January 2022

RS Components GmbH creates one of its largest RS distribution centres worldwide in Bad Hersfeld

RS Components GmbH, headquartered in Corby (UK), has set up one of its largest RS distribution centres worldwide in Bad Hersfeld (North Hessen). From now on, Germany’s largest multi-shuttle system will be in use. It manages 300,000 plastic storage containers that can be stored and retrieved at a speed of 9,000 trays per hour. The ultra-modern facility in the heart of Europe expands the previous storage area by around 16,000 square meters to a total of around 37,000 square meters. According to RS Components, this warehouse management system operates with the most advanced inventory management processes. The British company announces, that it can now offer its European customers an even higher level of service and further improved delivery reliability. With a solar power system on the roof, RS also takes ecological aspects into account and improves its CO₂ balance.

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Chr. Hansen GmbH expands in Pohlheim

Chr. Hansen A / S, a Danish biotechnology company based in Hørsholm, was founded in Copenhagen in 1874 by the pharmacist Christian D. A. Hansen and is listed in the OMX Copenhagen 20 share index. The German branch Chr. Hansen GmbH is expanding its location in Pohlheim (Gießen district). The current investment is around EUR 12 million. The company, which specializes in biotechnology, breeds and archives microorganisms that are used in food production and that influence the taste and shelf life of food. Chr. Hansen expands its premises with several special laboratories and training rooms for its customers.

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JD.com opened its first logistics centre in Germany in the district of Giessen

JD.com, China‘s second largest online retailer, will in the future drive its expansion into the European market also from Hessen, under the name Jingdong Development Deutschland GmbH. In Buseck, the company opened its first logistics centre in Germany, from which the goods ordered from JD.com are delivered directly to the end customer. JD.com is the second largest internet department store in China after Alibaba and is comparable to Amazon. In its home country, unlike Alibaba, the company relies primarily on the sale of goods that are stored in JD logistics centres and are usually also delivered by their own suppliers. Today around 300 million customers already use JD.com’s services. JD.com has ambitious goals for the future and plans to use artificial intelligence, big data, and automation to become a global model for smart supply chain solutions. JD.com’s investors include Chinese social media company Tencent and US retailer Walmart. The internet giant was founded in 1998 as JD Multimedia by Richard Liu and went online in 2004 under the name JD.com. The global market is served through the joybuy.com site.

US commercial law firm Rimôn now also in Frankfurt

The well-known US commercial law firm Rimôn will in future operate from Hessen too. It opened in Frankfurt as Rimôn Falkenfort, thereby expanding its range of services in Europe. It has been operating already offices in London, Paris, Warsaw, and Berlin. According to the company’s management, the opening of the Frankfurt office is also a consequence of Brexit. Rimôn Falkenfort is a German partnership and an integral part of the US law firm Rimôn. It was founded in 2008 as a full-service law firm with the aim of breaking with traditional structures. Rimôn relies on modern technology, with the help of which the lawyers are networked with each other and with their clients around the globe.

New Tier III data centre from China Mobile International (CMI) in Mörfelden-Walldorf

China Mobile International (CMI), the world’s largest mobile operator based on customer numbers, opened a new Tier III data centre (DC) in Frankfurt for the financial sector, for network providers and as an international network node. According to the company, the DC serves as an important addition to the global network of CMI and as an Internet data centre (IDC) also for the company’s international customers. The new DC in Mörfelden-Walldorf is the first that CMI has opened on the European continent and also the first DC in Hessen that is entirely in Chinese hands. China Mobile International is responsible for the international business of the state-owned company China Mobile. China Mobile currently owns more than 70 land and submarine cables worldwide. The company is represented at 180 locations around the world. China Mobile is a Fortune 500 company and is listed on both the Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges. In 2019, annual sales were $ 108 billion. The company employs around 457,000 people worldwide.