Google is just one of the numerous global players that have invested in Brandenburg. Brandenburg Invest (WFBB) manages to attract new companies to the region.
Examples: A Canadian seating component manufacturer is building a new factory in Schwarzheide. In Wittenberge, with MV Pipe Technologies was won a metal-processing company which will manufacture fire protection systems. Laser Automotive Brandenburg, a Spanish automotive supplier, is investing in the town of Ludwigsfelde. The Dutch company Tulip Cocoa is investing in the town of Velten in new processing capacities for the production of cocoa products as a supplier to the confectionery industry. The Polish firm BOD is setting up a new production site for galvanised parts for the automotive industry in Prenzlau.
Moreover, Brandenburg companies are also expanding on a large scale: Classen Industries is building a new factory for laminate flooring in Baruth; Orafol, the world’s leading manufacturer of self-adhesive graphic films, reflective materials and adhesive tape systems, is investing in its headquarters in Oranienburg; Megaflex Schaumstoff GmbH is expanding its production plant in Guben and Siemens launched a test centre for gas turbines in Ludwigsfelde in 2014.
Such investments will not only boost the creation of new, highly qualified jobs, but also strengthen the profile of the Berlin-Brandenburg region as a leading location for energy technology. Indeed, the above-mentioned Siemens turbine test field is another example of the region’s expertise in that domain, exemplified by companies and institutes such as Anecom Aerotest, FTI Group, Florida Turbine Technologies Wildau, DLR (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, TH Wildau and TU Berlin. Companies such as Rolls-Royce, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg, Anecom Aerotest, FTI Group and Florida Turbine Technologies are providing nearly three thousand highly qualified jobs in the region.
The reasons for the success of Brandenburg’s industrial sector lie in the region itself and include a high innovation potential of the businesses, a highly skilled workforce, a modern infrastructure and a high density of R&D facilities. Also worth mentioning are the excellent living quality and affordable real-estate prices — two further factors that make Brandenburg particularly attractive for investors.