Success Stories in Hessen
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Success Stories

International Companies in Hessen

Here to Stay

More than 13,000 international companies from almost 190 countries have made a home in Hessen. Find out why they chose Hessen - and why they stay.

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Kuraray – Japanese specialty chemicals made in Hessen

The European headquarter of Japanese specialty chemicals company Kuraray is located just down the road from Frankfurt Airport. But it’s not merely the location that makes the Rhine-Main region ideal for this sustainability- and socially-oriented company – the area is also home to one of Europe’s largest Japanese communities.

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Sustainable stainless steel and fine wildflower honey from Central Hessen

90 percent recycling rate, up to 92 percent lower CO2 emissions than the industry average and continual innovation: The Finnish company Outokumpu is the most sustainable stainless steel producer in the world. Its plant in Dillenburg, Hessen, is an important global interface – and home to the company’s 19,000 honeybees.

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Microorganisms from central Hessen – for 150 million people every day from the most sustainable company in the world

Biotech company Chr. Hansen develops and produces bacterial strains in Pohlheim, Hessen, providing a sustainable way to make food last longer and thereby reduce food waste. Thanks to the ideal local conditions, the site was recently expanded – and production was more than doubled.

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A new dimension in special logistics in North Hessen

British group RS has massively expanded its distribution center in Bad Hersfeld in response to Brexit. State-of-the-art systems now deliver products efficiently and sustainably to customers all across Europe from Hessen. A visit by HTAI CEO Rainer Waldschmidt and representatives of Hessen’s economic development network marked the start of even closer cooperation with regional enterprises.

RS Group
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Making energy-intensive production sustainable

Essity is the producer of such famous brands as Tempo, Zewa and Tork. Their facility in Wiesbaden is the first worldwide using green hydrogen in the drying process. The example shows that even energy-intensive industries can be made sustainable. The state of Hessen is actively supporting this pilot project e.g. with funding from the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF).


Interview with Oliver Stahl, Head of Corporate Affairs at Lilly Deutschland GmbH

Lilly, founded in 1876, is a global, research-based pharmaceuticals company. Since 1960, their German headquarters is located in Hessen. In our Interview with Oliver Stahl, Head of Corporate Affairs at Lilly Deutschland GmbH, we talked about the advantages they gain from being located here over the decades.


The Best of Both Worlds

Have you ever heard of HCL? HCL stands for Hindustan Computers Limited, a leading lT service company headquartered in India. From their European Headquarter, located in Eschborn in Hessen, they service many of Germany’s Top 40 companies as well as clients in Austria and Switzerland. We wanted to know why the company opted to locate in Hessen and talked to Dr. Rolf Frank Fehler, Senior Vice President & Country Head Germany at HCL Technologies. Not only did the conversation cover HCL’s strategic location decision, but we also learned about their cricket team and a cow named Elsa!

Lotus Tech Innovation Centre
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Lotus Growing Near Frankfurt Airport

Chinese automaking group Geely opened its Lotus Tech Innovation Centre in Raunheim in Hessen. We visited the place where the new Lotus sports car will be developed and had a discussion full of superlatives, touching on Germany’s largest Chinese community, the most expensive potholes in Hessen, and the region’s largest EV charging park.

Klarna graffiti
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Opposites Attract

Klarna was founded in 2005 in Sweden and came to Central Hessen in 2014. When it outgrew its premises here in Linden the company leased the Old Telegraph Office in Giessen and converted it. The results of the process are worth seeing: A building that combines old and new. And a bank that has graffiti on its walls.

Donald Schaffer Dexerials
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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 coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

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N Store Design
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N Store – for Europe from Japan

The Japanese community in Hessen is highly active. More than 2,000 Japanese live in the city of Frankfurt, many Japanese companies are also based here. Such as the "N Store", a pop-up store by Yoshihiro Horikawa. Read here why Yoshi is so fascinated by Frankfurt and discover his extraordinary mobile boutique.

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Keith Young ATC Ireland Hessen

“The Connectivity is Great on Every Level”

ATC is a data center and logistics company, established in Ireland in 1979. Today, ATC works from bases in Dublin, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Find out why the company would choose Hessen again as a business location and get some useful advice for foreign investors who want to establish a business here.