November 2023
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Dear Readers,

The global economy has faced a number of challenges this year, which have also impacted the German economy. But not all the news is negative. Recent developments in the state of Hessen show confidence in future growth and further solidify our region’s pivotal role in international business in Germany. Here’s an overview of those stories and more:

- Smurfit Kappa Group demonstrates a long-term commitment to its paper mill in Wrexen, investing millions in a new power plant to increase efficiency and prepare for a transition to hydrogen.

- LG Chem announced the opening of its first European Customer Solutions Center in Frankfurt to expand the company’s presence in Europe.

- Merck opened a new GMP-grade MRNA manufacturing site in Darmstadt as part of a billion-dollar investment to build its global mRNA network and capabilities.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce a cooperation agreement between the French-German Chamber of Commerce (CCFA) in Germany and Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH to further strengthen our state’s position as an attractive location for French businesses.

We also have two additional success stories to share:

At its base in Kassel, Northern Hessen, Norwegian firm Hexagon Purus has developed and manufactured hydrogen high-pressure systems buses and trains for over 20 years. The company recently invested in a major expansion to meet rising worldwide demand for its zero-emission solutions.

Also, we recently visited biovis Diagnostik MVZ GmbH, part of the Australian Sonic Healthcare Group and a company that is making the most of Hessen’s many advantages. Building on solid growth, biovis has invested in a state-of-the-art headquarters complex in Limburg with excellent links to regional world class life sciences research and development and in the areas of innovative diagnostics and to the Frankfurt area.

You will find links to these stories and more below. If you have any questions or are seeking success in Europe and beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to assist in whatever way we can.

Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt

Chief Executive Officer
Hessen Trade & Invest

Developments in Hessen

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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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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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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Paving the way for green hydrogen and the transition to clean energy

At its base in Kassel, Northern Hessen, Norwegian firm Hexagon Purus is developing and manufacturing hydrogen high-pressure systems that are used to sustainably power buses and trains in the state and around the world. The expertise available at this location has convinced this global player to invest in expanding its operations there and to establish a technology center complete with campus.

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A custom manufacturing facility for innovative laboratory diagnostics

Based in Limburg an der Lahn, biovis Diagnostik MVZ GmbH researches innovative forms of laboratory diagnostics and offers customized treatment options for diseases.

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Meet our Hessen Experts at these Events:

09. Nov 2023


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29. Jan - 01. Feb 2024

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Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt

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