1801 – The multi-purpose grinding machine for the production of glasses was invented in Rathenow; 1867 – Mass production of paper plates started in Luckenwalde; Since 1900 – The construction of Schwartzkopff locomotives in Wildau; 1904 – The invention of the Thermos®; 1931 – Mass production begins of the Hellschreiber, the first everyday fax machine; 1935 – The construction of the Opel plant, 2008 – The tsunami early warning system for Indonesia; 2010 – The opening of Rolls-Royce’s state-of-the-art Mechanical Test Operations Center (MTOC). Brandenburg’s industry is as innovative as it is rich in tradition.
Between 1950 and 1990, EKO Stahl GmbH employed 6,000 people – today ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt is a state-of-the-art integrated steel mill with high-tech facilities. As early as 1725, the Lauchhammer factory – since 1948 TAKRAF GmbH – was founded. This company’s services range from producing traffic structures to constructing cranes and even the world’s largest bucket wheel excavator. TAKRAF has been a globally recognised brand since 1964. Today, the modern production facility belongs to the Italian Tenova Group.
Erkner – Cradle of the Plastic Age: In 1909, as the result of a collaboration with Leo Hendrik Baekeland and after his patents at Rütgerswerke, the first of the duroplasts, Bakelite®, was made from tar phenol and formaldehyde in Erkner near Berlin. For a long time, Bakelite was the epitome of plastic before the wide range of plastics available today. Today, phenol resin is being produced at the historic site as a matrix for many lightweight components on state-of-the-art facilities under the name Prefere Resins (formerly Dynea).
Industry has always made a vital contribution to growth, jobs and prosperity. The development of economic sectors such as services, logistics or ICT is closely linked to the growth dynamics of industry.