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Strong economic regions in Hessen

In the last edition of our newsletter, we introduced you to the dynamic economic region of Frankfurt-Rhine-Main. The metropolitan area is one of the leading European business locations enjoying an excellent reputation all over the word. In addition to this metropolitan area, the federal state of Hessen has strong economic locations in its central and northern regions. The state uses targeted clustering to promote and develop these regions' strengths.

Central Hessen – the location for innovative businesses and scientific research 

This region's appeal is based on strong mid-sized companies, a productive handicraft industry and a pronounced research and science environment. Included among these are global market leaders, research-based start-ups and medium-sized enterprises with rich traditions.

In central Hessen, companies from optics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medicine, as well as from heavy industries and handicraft have emerged as important economic factors. The region's success lies with the excellent and continuous cooperation between the economy, sciences and administration. Renowned research institutions like the Max-Planck-Institut for Microbiology, the German Pediatric Heart Transplant Center at the University Hospital of Gießen and Marburg as well as the Optodynamics Research Center strengthen the cluster in the health-care industry.

These industries are greatly supported by the talent of the more than 70,000 students studying at three universities. That is the highest density of students per inhabitants of any region in Germany. Together with circa 18,000 apprentices, there are enough graduates for companies to fill vacant positions with highly qualified staff.

Moreover, you can live very well in central Hessen. Multifaceted cultural and sporting events, a wide range of leisure activities as well as charming landscapes lay the foundation for the high quality of living in this region.


Northern Hessen – The logistics hub of the Federal Republic of Germany 

Northern Hessen, due to its accessibility, is the perceived center of Germany. If you take a look at Kassel's location in the far north of Hessen, you will quickly recognize the benefits: Whether it be from Hamburg, Stuttgart, Milan or Warsaw, comprehensive networks make Kassel easily accessible. Taking advantage of this hub, logistics companies use this as a reason to establish themselves in northern Hessen.

It is also the reason why the Kassel Freight Village, which benefits from tight connections to industrial sites, has been so successful. The best cut-off time for consignment goods in Germany is another important advantage for logistics companies. Wares reach every destination in Germany overnight, perishable goods are distributed in a timely manner and European economic centers are supplied before daybreak.

Closely associated with its strong logistic economy, northern Hessen is also one of the leading locations for research, development and production of products and services in the electric mobility sector. Visionaries, global players and scientists work hand in hand here.
The core competency fields of mobility and logistics, energy and tourism are the fundamental pillars of northern Hessen's competitive and innovative capabilities. This is underpinned by the numerous pilot and research projects in the future-orientated fields of energy technologies and efficiency.

Northern Hessen's central location also makes it the perfect location for cultural events such as documenta, which is the world's most important exhibition of modern and contemporary art and has taken place every five years in Kassel since 1955. Furthermore, the region has 100 museums, 30 festivals, 10 theaters and open air stages, and a series of concerts which provide a variety of interesting entertainment, thus enriching its cultural landscape. Northern Hessen is an attractive region and a great place to live: Unspoilt nature is the perfect setting for a wide range of leisure and health facilities, tourism and wellness spas.


Leading companies

Central Hessen

  •         Friedhelm Loh Group
  •         Fritz Winter Eisengießerei GmbH & Co. KG
  •         Schunk Group
  •         Buderus Edelstahl GmbH
  •         Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH
  •         CSL Behring GmbH
  •         GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG
  •         Mundipharma GmbH
  •         Carl Zeiss AG
  •         Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH
  •         Leica Camera AG
  •         Ferrero Deutschland GmbH
  •         STI - Gustav Stabernack GmbH


Northern Hessen

  •         Volkswagen Werk Kassel
  •         B. Braun Melsungen AG
  •         Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
  •         Continental AG
  •         Mercedes-Benz Werk Kassel
  •         SMA Solar Technology AG
  •         Bombardier Transportation GmbH
  •         Wintershall Holding GmbH
  •         K+S AG
  •         Hübner GmbH & Co. KG
  •         Wikus-Sägenfabrik / Wilhelm H. Kullmann GmbH & Co. KG
  •         Osborn International GmbH


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