Top Investments 2019 in Bremen
3D printing, new working environments, biotechnology – Bremen was characterized by innovative investments in 2019.
“Spaces” coworking in the city of Bremen © WFB/Frank Pusch
Materialize from Belgium is building its single competence center worldwide for metal 3D printing in Bremen. On 3,500 square meters, it offers space for 30 metal 3D printers. The investment in Bremen with a value of 25 million euros also benefits the group thanks to its proximity to the Bremen aerospace industry, which will rely heavily on the 3D manufacturing technology in the future to achieve weight savings. The building will offer space for 120 employees researching the further development of the technology in addition to contract work.
The subsidiary of the Dutch International Workspace Group, Spaces, opened the region’s largest coworking space in downtown Bremen in the middle of last year. On 3,000 square meters, new working environments have emerged with offices, single desks, a café and a business club with a roof terrace. The company is responding to the increasing need for flexible work spaces for both the self-employed and large companies.
Eurofins Scientific, a leading international laboratory analysis group based in Luxembourg, has expanded its strengths in the areas of microbiology, animal species identification and GMO and allergen analysis with the takeover of Bremerhaven-based Q-Bioanalytic GmbH.
The French automotive supplier Valeo is banking on increased production capacities with a new plant in Bremen. The previous factory hall was too small for the company. The new plant stands on a two-hectare site, measures 10,000 square meters and is located in the Hansalinie business park, the center of the Bremen supply industry. The company produces front-end systems for the automotive industry there.
The Australian real estate developer Goodman invested in a 30,000 square meter logistics facility in the GVZ freight center in Bremen. The building will later be used by B + S GmbH logistics and services in the area of warehouse logistics and e-commerce fulfillment.
Amazon also gained a foothold in Bremen in 2019. In the new distribution center at GVZ Bremen, the company created around 130 jobs on 7,800 square meters of hall space. More than 400 drivers will be responsible for delivering the packages to customers in the region.
The Swedish company Leo’s Lekland deals with a somewhat different topic. It is spending five million euros for the construction of an indoor play park in the Überseestadt in Bremen. 30 new jobs will be created in the building, which also marks the entry of the Swedes into the German market.
Bremen is one of Germany’s largest industrial hubs and specialises in logistics, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, the maritime sector and wind energy. The federal state in northern Germany is home to 670,000 people and is a magnet for investors from abroad – centrally located within Europe, with great connections by sea, land and air, modern infrastructure and a renowned research landscape.