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Volkswagen to produce hydrogen in North Hessen

In a pioneering step towards sustainable energy, Volkswagen will produce hydrogen at its Kassel plant in Baunatal starting in 2025.
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Crane Worldwide boosts Frankfurt’s logistics landscape with new warehouse

Crane Worldwide Logistics has expanded its footprint in Germany, opening a new 4,050 sqm warehouse in Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, close to Frankfurt Airport.
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Leading Chinese automaker begins major expansion of development center in Hessen

Chery’s initiative in Raunheim underscores the automobile manufacturer’s commitment to innovation and economic development in Hessen and Europe.
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Frankfurt chosen as home for new EU Anti-Money Laundering Authority

The city has been selected as the headquarters of the European Union’s new Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA), marking a significant development for Europe’s financial sector.
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Sandbox VR drives innovation and job creation in Central Hessen and beyond

Virtual reality startup Sandbox VR is opening more locations across Germany, promising job growth and investment.
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Hessen hosts pioneering GLOWACON 2023 to foster global health through wastewater monitoring

At a landmark conference in Hessen, over 300 experts convened to establish a crucial consortium to advance a global pandemic early warning system.
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Hessen’s Groß-Gerau district joins forces with innovative GreenTech Park

By joining the Rhein-Main-Neckar cluster at the GreenTech Park FLUXUM Gernsheim, Groß-Gerau aims to boost innovation in sustainable technology and create skilled job opportunities.
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Frankfurt and Chengdu partner to elevate German-Chinese financial collaboration

Frankfurt Main Finance seals a significant agreement with Chengdu to strengthen financial ties between Germany and China.
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Hessen recognizes local companies as leaders in innovation and job creation

Three Hessen-based businesses demonstrate the region’s commitment to technological advancement and sustainable practices, contributing significantly to local economic growth.
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Hessen set for robust economic growth in 2024, outpacing national average

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen forecasts a promising 1.5% growth in Hessen’s economy for 2024, citing the strength of the state’s special mix of industries.
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Merck to Become First Provider to Offer Fully Integrated mRNA Services

New site at Darmstadt complement Merck’s global integrated mRNA service network with pre-clinical to commercial capabilities.
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Hessen’s economic development agency and the French Chamber of Commerce in Germany agree cooperation

The strategic partnership aims to further strengthen Hessen’s position as a business location.
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Hexagon Purus opens new hydrogen cylinder manufacturing hub in Kassel

Hexagon Purus, a world leading manufacturer of zero-emission mobility and hydrogen infrastructure solutions, has opened its new hydrogen cylinder manufacturing hub in Kassel on 19 September 2023.
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LG Chem Inaugurates European Customer Solution Center in Germany

LG Chem’s first Customer Solution Center in Europe to expand the company’s presence in the European market.
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US real estate developer makes substantial investment in Northern Hessen

Scannell Properties plans a state-of-the-art, sustainable logistics park in Diemelstadt, citing the city's prime location as a key selling point.
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Hessen continues to attract global businesses

Four Asian firms have recently established operations in Frankfurt, underscoring the city’s international business appeal.
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German gaming industry gets a boost

From funding large projects to supporting startups, Germany’s Federal Government and the state of Hessen show their commitment to local game developers.
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Smurfit Kappa Wrexen invests in innovative CHP technology

Smurfit Kappa Group invests a double‐digit million euro sum in its Wrexen paper mill.
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ITM Power expands in Germany

The all-new ITM Power Germany GmbH will officially open its doors in Linden, north of Frankfurt, in October this year.
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ESA invests €52 million in Operations Center in Darmstadt

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to reinforce Darmstadt as a leading space operations hub.
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An exciting new addition to Frankfurt’s entertainment scene

Solotech, a leading global provider of audiovisual entertainment and technology, announces the opening of a new office in Frankfurt – part of the company’s ongoing expansion across Europe and beyond.


Kulzer opens state-of-the-art research center in Hanau

Leading global dental company unveils an impressive new R&D facility at its headquarters in Hanau.
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Pictet Bank moves headquarters to Frankfurt

The European Bank of the Pictet Group is relocating from Luxembourg to Frankfurt, home to more people employed in the banking and stock market sector than any other German city.
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TU Darmstadt opens innovative additive manufacturing center

The new center for technology and knowledge transfer will serve as a central hub for industry and businesses seeking expertise and solutions related to additive manufacturing.


SMA breaks ground on new gigawatt factory in North Hessen

Leading global photovoltaic and storage technology specialist doubles capacity and sets new sustainability standards with a new 20-gigawatt facility.
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Argentina and Hessen plan closer cooperation

Argentina’s Secretary of Industry and Productive Development met with the CEO of Hessen Trade & Invest to discuss Argentina’s economic plans and closer cooperation with the state of Hessen.
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Groundbreaking for E-Fuel Production Plant in Frankfurt

Ineratec sets standards for global deployment of power-to-liquid technology with pioneering plant


ZEISS invests over 20 million Euro in Hessen’s optical engineering Valley

The World’s leading manufacturer of precision optics responds to the strong demand for microchips around the globe by expanding production and research facilities in Wetzlar and Rossdorf.


Italian-Indian-led startup in Darmstadt wins prize at International Founders Award

Honors go to talented expat team at reLi Energy GmbH for software solutions in the field of battery management.
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Siemens starts construction to increase production capacity in Frankfurt

Siemens has invested EUR 30 million in its Frankfurt switchgear plant. In addition to the expansion of production space, a new high-speed warehouse will be built. The investment will create 200 additional jobs on site which currently employs 1,600 people.


UPS Healthcare opens its first dedicated logistics facility in Giessen

The leading healthcare logistics company will use the site’s strategic location at the VGP Park Giessen to better serve the fast-growing European healthcare markets that increasingly require specialist storage and handling services.
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German Chancellor visits BioNTech site in Marburg

German biotechnology company BioNTech SE has completed construction of the company’s first in-house plasmid manufacturing facility – part of a long-term, EUR 40 million development plan.


Major European data center operator makes billion-euro investment in Hanau

French data center operator DATA4 plans to invest more than EUR 1 billion in Hanau over the next few years. The company will build, own and operate a large-scale data center that employs around 500 people and uses 100% green power.
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Vulcan and Stellantis Explore Geothermal Energy to Supply Rüsselsheim Plant

Vulcan Energy Resources from Australia and French automobile manufacturer Stellantis are joining forces in Hessen. Together, they are aiming at mitigating the carbon footprint of the Opel production site in Rüsselsheim.
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DuPont on the way to climate neutrality

The US-based chemicals giant DuPont is aiming at making their traditional site in Neu-Isenburg climate-neutral as early as next year.
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Climate protection Launch pad for green innovations

The State of Hessen and Merck (EMD for our northamerican readers) opened a green technology business accelerator in Gernsheim on November 28.


Hessen sends fossil fuels to the sidelines

First vehicle from the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen-powered trains unveiled in Frankfurt.


Multi million funding committed for world’s largest e-fuel project in Hessen

A project at Industriepark Höchst (IPH) is planned to show for the first time how the fluctuating availability of green electricity impacts the production of carbon-neutral power-to-liquid (PtL) fuels.
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High-level discussions on the future development of Lotus in Hessen

Mr. Qingfeng Feng, the CEO of Lotus Group, met leading representatives of HTAI to exchange on the perspectives of the innovation center in Raunheim.


Australia-based CSL sets up R&D campus in Marburg

The new R&D center is the largest research facility of the healthcare company worldwide. This recent investment strengthens the region's role as an international biotech powerhouse.
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Hessen – a land of opportunity for the automotive industry

In a recent study, the Hessenmetall employers’ association focused on the transformation of the automotive sector in Hessen. The paper gives a positive outlook for the regional industry.
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Business talks during the Hessen-Korea Reception

The Hessian Minister of Economics, Tarek Al-Wazir, met Korean business leaders for talks at a reception on Wednesday, September 7, in Roman Fort Saalburg.
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Deepening ties: Event underlines the importance of Japanese business in Hessen

The Japanese business community makes a major contribution to Hessen as an innovation centre. This long partnership is set to become even stronger going forward.
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InfraServ Wiesbaden celebrates 25th anniversary

The Kalle-Albert Industrial Park in Wiesbaden is an important location for the Chemical Industry in Hessen. This year, InfraServ Wiesbaden, that is running the park since 1997, is celebrating 25 years of successful operations.
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Chancellor Scholz visits Hessen - focus on energy

On August 9, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt am Main to catch up on the latest developments in hydrogen technology and Viessmann in Allendorf (Eder) to learn more about heat pumps.


New Consul General of the Republic of Korea visited HTAI

On May 17, the new Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Frankfurt, Kyungsok Koh, and Consul Jae Jeong Lim visited HTAI in Wiesbaden.
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Getinge opens Experience Center in Hessen

On May 9, Sweden-based MedTech multinational Getinge inaugurated an Experience Center in the Gateway Gardens district near Frankfurt airport.
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Data center operator Cloud HQ plans German headquarters in Offenbach

The US-based data center operator Cloud HQ is currently building one of the largest data center complexes in Europe in the city of Offenbach.
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One of the largest production plants for of bio-liquefied natural gas is being built in the Eastern Hessian town of Burghaun

The facility will be built on a 12,500 square meter commercial site that the municipality sold to Reefuelery GmbH earlier this year.
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Volkswagen invests EUR 1.2 Bil. in its Bauntal/Kassel EV component plant

The worlds second largest car manufacturer announced the expansion of its key component plant in Northern Hessen.


Alternative Fuels: Innovative projects at Industriepark-Hoechst

The current geopolitical situation is once again unfolding the importance of a secure and sustainable supply of energy. Industriepark-Hoechst is increasingly developing into a major technology hub in this field.
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Hessen invests 10 million euro in AI innovation lab

The state of Hessen dedicates 10 million euro to establishing an AI innovation laboratory at the Hessen Center for Artificial Intelligence, hessian.AI.
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The state of Hessen and Merck are forming a public-private partnership for a start-up accelerator in Gernsheim

The state of Hessen and the science and technology company Merck have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to setup a start-up accelerator at the future Greentech-Park ‘Fluxum’ in Gernsheim, near Darmstadt.
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JPMorgan has merged its EU businesses into one entity in Frankfurt and continues expansion

As part of an effort to simplify its structure for EU-based clients and to make its business more competitive after Brexit, the American banking giant JPMorgan has merged most of its European Union businesses into a single entity in Germany.


Update: International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in Frankfurt - Agreements signed

The public and private sector signed agreements with the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS) that regulate the presence of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in Frankfurt.
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BioNTech is further expanding their Marburg site

After taking over the Marburg plant from Novartis with 300 employees in 2020 to expand its COVID-19 vaccine production capacities, BioNTech has grown steadily at their location in Central Hessen.
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MLP Group continues to expand its operations in Idstein

The Polish MLP Group is rapidly expanding its investment portfolio in Germany. The company is about to launch another brownfield project - a logistics park near Frankfurt am Main.


No Room for Bullshit Bingo

This year ends with exciting developments in the Hessian startup ecosystem: The Canadian unicorn Freshbooks bought the Frankfurt-based company Fastbill. In an interview with René Maudrich, CEO and founder of Fastbill, talks about his experience of founding a startup, the recent …
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Lotus Growing Near Frankfurt Airport

A company with a global workforce of 120,000 that sold 2.1 million vehicles last year, and that has five development centers in China, Sweden, the United Kingdom – and now Hessen. Who are we talking about? Chinese automaking group Geely. The company opened its new Lotus Tech Innovation Centre …
Our new representative in the USA during his visit in Hessen


Julius Bosak is Hessen's new representative in the USA

Hessen's new representative in the USA is Julius Bosak. The USA representation based in Chicago is a joint project of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH and FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region (FRM GmbH).
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The newly established International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) will be headquartered in Frankfurt

Frankfurt in Hessen has been awarded as the main location for the new International Sustainability Standards Board, which is to set global standards in the field of financial sustainability reporting.
And the winners are: HEDRICH GmbH, BioSpring GmbH and BAG Diagnostics GmbH
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Hessen’s Champions 2021

A “Global Market Leader” in Ehringshausen-Katzenfurt, a “Job Creator” in Frankfurt am Main and “Innovation” in Lich – these are the places where “Hessen’s Champions 2021” are located.
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Essity launches green hydrogen pilot for CO2-free tissue production in Hessen

Hygiene and health company Essity is launching a pilot project to run a paper machine CO2-free with green hydrogen in the company’s production facility in Mainz-Kostheim, Hessen. For this purpose, natural gas is successively replaced by green hydrogen on the site’s largest paper machine …


Economic relations between Hessen and the Netherlands

Recently, Hessen Agentur has published a detailed study on the economic relations between Hessen and the Netherlands.
Akasol’s factory for commercial-vehicle battery systems in Hessen
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Europe’s Largest Factory for Commercial-Vehicle Battery Systems Opened in Hessen

Gigafactory 1 – an impressive name for an impressive factory. It is nothing less than Europe’s largest factory for commercial-vehicle battery systems. It has been opened in Hessen and is just another proof of Hessen’s innovative power and competitiveness in the mobility sector.
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Feels like Fashion with Terry Dean Pepper

"Let's create the Silicon Valley of circular fashion". In this video interview business consultant Terry Dean Pepper speaks about the need for purpose-driven management and shares his vision for Frankfurt as a global hub for sustainable fashion.
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Opposites Attract

Telegraph office meets e-commerce. Bank meets graffiti. At Klarna, opposites attract – successfully. The payment solutions provider was founded in 2005 in Sweden and came to Central Hessen in 2014.
Frankfurt is Europe's digital capital, and with more than 10 Terabit per second peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world's leading Internet Exchange.


Data Center Hub Hessen: China Mobile International Expands Operations

China Mobile International (CMI) has opened a new data center in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Hessen, confirming Frankfurt as a premier data center hub.


New Ways to Fight the Coronavirus

Can waste water samples help combat the coronavirus: It sounds peculiar, but they can. Learn how such samples can be used to predict infection events and hence allow preventive measures to be taken.
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It’s Official: We Are a Fair European Metropolitan Region

TransFair (Fairtrade Germany) has named the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main region as a “fair European metropolitan region” this year. Learn more about the future-oriented initiative.
The towering bank skyscrapers in Frankfurt are a testament to the importance of the metropolitan region within the Euro zone.
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Frankfurt Confirmed as the EU’s Leading Financial Center

The city in Hessen is now officially Continental Europe’s most important financial center. Find out more about the ranking - and what impact the "Brexit effect" has.
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5 Takeaways About Our Start-Up Ecosystem

Hessen’s start-up ecosystem is flourishing: Numerous cluster initiatives and a strong educational landscape accelerate the growth of our ecosystem as the recently published „Hessen Startup Monitor 2021“ found out. We have summarized 5 key takeaways for you.


All you need to know

Investing in Hessen just got easier: Our new website is launched!
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Another Global Player for Hattersheim

The new European headquarters of the Japanese group Yaskawa are being built at a cost of 23 million euros on an 8,000 square-metre site in Hattersheim Industrial Park.


Inside the Minds of Inspiring Founders

Jörn „Joe“ Menninger has been aware of the potential the startup ecosystem in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region offers years ago. This is why he founded in 2014 - an English only startup podcast and YouTube blog in Frankfurt.
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Marburg and Frankfurt Are Ready To Go - Know-How From Hessen!

“The whole world is looking at Hessen and the tremendous news from our State just keeps coming,” enthuses Dr Rainer Waldschmidt, Managing Director of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH, and emphasises: “Hessen is taking a central role in fighting infections.”
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Hessen Is the Frontrunner For Internet Coverage in Industrial Estates

About 94 per cent of Hessian industrial estates are provided with an internet speed of at least 50 megabits per second.
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Hessen – A State of Hidden Digital Healthcare Champions

“Hessen has achieved a leading position in the national comparison,” says Dr Rainer Waldschmidt, Managing Director of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI).
A conversation with Donald Schaffer. Dexerials’ products are used in laptops, among other things, and are helping to keep communications going during the coronavirus crisis.


The Koi in the Shark Tank

How did a global player from Japan like Dexerials find a home away from home in Frankfurt, Hessen? Donald Schaffer, Director Sales & Marketing Europe and Head of Dexerials' Automotive Solution Business Unit Europe, talks to us about finding the right location, his experience in Frankfurt and …
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Google is Coming to Hessen

“Google is coming to Hessen. This year has shown us just how important digitalization is. And Hessen is the perfect location for this, as Google’s decision shows!” Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI), is delighted by Google’s plans to …
There is no need to search the night sky to see Starlink's satellites. One look at is enough to follow the route of the satellites. Those who prefer to see the light points live can enter their whereabouts and see when they are passing over their own home.
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A Visionary Project in an Innovative Region

Elon Musk – the name says it all. This visionary businessman is known across the world for his spectacular ideas. His latest project is to make high-speed satellite Internet available around the world. He’s counting on Hessen to make this happen, and has established the German HQ for …
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Open for Business

Imagine a place where the technologies of tomorrow meet the best of today’s lifestyle. Where start-ups meet international companies. And where passion meets business.
HTAI: Your first adress in Hessen
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Here to Stay

Hessen is a popular choice of location for international companies. The state has ranked high in Germany’s FDI league table for years now. This shows the most common destination states for investors establishing a presence in Germany.
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On the Home Stretch in the Race Against Covid-19

In the fight against the coronavirus, the world has been watching the Rhine-Main area. At the latest since November 9, 2020 – the day when local firm Biontech announced that tests to date showed the vaccine developed together with its US partner Pfizer was more than 90 percent effective.
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Together into the Future

The transfer between science and industry, between research and application is the real freestyle with future-oriented technology. The Center for Artificial Intelligence was founded in the state of Hessen to ensure that this also succeeds.
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N STORE – for Europe from Japan

Whether in film, sports, culture or culinary delights, the Japanese community in Frankfurt is highly active. Around 4,500 Japanese live in the federal state of Hessen—more than 2,000 of them live in the city of Frankfurt.
Good ground - not only for companies
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On Good Ground

Every hobby gardener knows that the right soil for healthy growth is needed. And if you want to harvest something, even more so. It’s no different when starting up a business—if you want sustainable growth for your company, you should know the perfect location.
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Feels like Fashion

OK, Fashion Week is coming to Frankfurt. What at first glance might not really fit – the business, fair and trading city Frankfurt has many attributes, just not this. But what becomes clear on closer inspection is that fashion in Frankfurt has created interesting products and personalities. …
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Frankfurt Goes Green

We all know the importance of our eco-footprint. Yet, it can be quite difficult to live environmentally friendly, especially in a city. In this regard, Frankfurt in Hessen is the most eco-friendly city to work in - second only to London and outperfomring other major financial centers such as …
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Fashion. Flair. Frankfurt!

The alliteration is easy on the tongue. From July 6 to 8, 2021, it will become a reality: Fashion Week is moving to Frankfurt. After around 20 years in Berlin, the fair will be held in Frankfurt in Hessen for the first time, with an accompanying program of events and conferences throughout the …
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Smart Hessen

Intelligent garbage cans, free Wi-Fi hotspots and contactless payment in council offices: digital technologies are used in a range of different ways in major cities in Germany. This was among the findings of the Smart City Index. Municipalities in Hessen and Baden-Württemberg performed …
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Supply chains become supply mazes

Support for your supply chain management during the coronavirus crisis
This statue in Kassel, northern Hessen, is of Hercules, who embodied strength, courage and wisdom. Qualities that we can put to good use in these difficult times.
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A Herculean Task

While the corona crisis is a stress test for society, it presents the economy with an unprecedented Herculean task. To ensure that companies in Hessen, whether small or large, do not need to face this task alone, the federal state of Hessen reacted quickly and decided to offer a protective shield …
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From China to Frankfurt

Li Shiwei, President of Tencent Cloud Europe, announced back in December 2019 that this Chinese digital company plans to expand its activities in Europe. And Germany is Tencent’s most important market outside of China.
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Cleverly connected

Interdisciplinary approaches often solve problems faster and more efficiently. And they open up countless new perspectives and opportunities. An interesting application of this is the engineering-based Center for Synthetic Biology founded by the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt in Hessen.
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Working where other people take vacation

When people say “work where other people take vacation”, your first thought might be of brilliant sunshine, blue sea and colorful cocktails. But in Hessen, even in winter you can enjoy the sun setting over the nearby snow-covered mountains, the River Rhine winding its way through the …
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Well prepared

Although a hard Brexit “is far from being off the table,” as Minister of European Affairs Lucia Puttrich reminded audiences just recently, the business and policy worlds have prepared themselves well over the past three and a half years. Especially beyond Britain’s borders.


“The connectivity is great on every level” - A Hessen-Irish Success Story

We spoke to Dr Keith Young from ATC, a Data Centre and Logistics Company. ATC has 40 years of experience in computer transport, logistics, data center migration and working with international technology companies. Established in Dublin in 1979, ATC now works with technology companies and cloud …
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© VR-Immobilien & Service GmbH der VR-Bankverein Bad Hersfeld-Rotenburg eG


Who chose Hessen?

Despite the challenges currently facing world trade, Hessen is perfectly placed for businesses that want to target the European market and beyond. In the past year, the state has once again retained its position as an internationally renowned hub for investment. Asian companies, particularly from …


Where ideas and innovations are born

“Innovation is one of the key factors for the success of modern economies, and it originates from the innovativeness of the individual companies. We are proud that Hessen is one of the most important high-tech regions in Europe, but we want to strengthen this position even further,” …