Bremen – diverse and international: Popular location for settlements and investments from abroad

More than 180 nations, around 670,000 inhabitants, two cities, one federal state. Bremen, located in the northwest of Germany, is colorful, cosmopolitan and international. The location on the Weser river, the proximity to the North Sea and the international ports of Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven make Bremen a global hub for logistics. The highly efficient infrastructure creates optimal conditions for internationally operating companies. The ports of Bremen handle more than 74.2 million tonnes annually, making the complex one of the four largest ports in Europe. Awarded as Europe’s best Cargo Distribution Center GVZ is based in the Hanseatic city and ensures a smooth flow of transnational transport chains. The settlements 2017 in Bremen reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the state: from Canada to Greece, from large corporations to start-ups, the Hanseatic city welcomes its new companies. Here is a selection of the settlements in Bremen in 2017:

January, 2018

Borgward Group

The traditional brand Borgward returns to Bremen and continues its success story. The production start of the Stuttgart automobile manufacturer is planned for 2019. An SKD production of 1,000 pieces per year is planned. For this purpose, between 50 and 100 jobs will be created. BX7 is the name of Borgward’s premiere model with an all-electric drive. The production of the electric and plug-in hybrid models of the BX5 series is also planned. Further models are to follow.

Borgward is planning its plant on a 140,000 square meter site at the Cargo Distribution Center GVZ. It offers, with its excellent traffic connection, ideal conditions for the Borgward Group project. In addition to the existing Borgward suppliers such as Continental, Kuka, Schaeffler / SKF, BorgWarner, Webasto, Bosch will play a crucial role in the production of fully electric vehicles , while electronics company LG will do the same for batteries.

The state of Bremen is a competence center in the automotive sector. More than 40 supplier companies and around 17,000 employees comprise the local automotive network.

Jakob Schwendner is managing director of the Kraken Robotik GmbH – German subsidiary of the Canadian company Kraken Sonar Inc., and spin-off of DFKI © WFB/Frank Pusch

Kraken Robotic GmbH

At the beginning of 2017, Kraken Robotic GmbH moved into Bremen’s Innovation and Technology Center. The German subsidiary of the Canadian company Kraken Sonar Inc. and spin-off of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) develops 3D images in the millimeter range for industrial underwater and deep-sea research. With a novel 3D camera and a laser system, Kraken Robotics offers the underwater industry an innovative product.

Central fields of Kraken robotics are the development of 3D imaging sensors as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence for underwater robotic platforms.

Application-oriented research, know-how transfer and product development make Bremen the perfect environment for Kraken Robotic. High-level research institutes and universities offer a strong network, and with it the possibility to forge alliances and to work thematically.

Within the next four years, 30 new staff positions are planned.

Stathis Stasinopoulos, managing director of VeloLab, assembles in his workshop in Sirius Business Park in Bremen folding bikes and cargo bikes © WFB/Frank Pusch

Velo Lab GmbH

Velo Lab GmbH is an example of the up-and-coming start-up scene in Bremen. The bicycle manufacturer, which is rooted in Greece, develops innovative folding bikes. The specially-designed „Folding Project“ model is lightweight, comfortable and foldable within five seconds. The aluminum components are currently being manufactured in Greece, but the assembly takes place in Bremen. Velo Lab founder Stathis Stasinopoulos was awarded the „Cycle Award“ 2017 for his cargo bike bearing the label „Cargo Bike Monkeys“.

Bremen is the third-largest cycling city in Europe. Compared to German cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants it is the leader. This, the central location in Northern Germany as well as the proximity to the bicycle countries Denmark and the Netherlands convinced Velo Lab to choose Bremen.