The south of the district has been an industry location for almost a century. Prestigious international companies such as Bombardier Transportation, Riva Stahl GmbH, Wall AG, Nycomed AG and Orafol Europe GmbH are based or have branches here. The towns of Oranienburg, Velten and Hennigsdorf form a regional growth area in this regard.
The district is served by the A24 motorway that interconnects Hamburg and Berlin, and the Oder-Havel waterway with an inland port in Velten.
The population growth has been above average in the Oberhavel district in recent years. The soaring figures are mainly down to influxes from Berlin. Besides the classic industries, new sectors such as biotechnology have also emerged. For instance, Thermo Fisher/BRAHMS AG has established its headquarters in Hennigsdorf’s “Biotech Valley”. Zehdenick, in the north of the district, is a traditional industry location that hosts automotive businesses (Zimk GmbH) and microelectronics companies.
The north of the Oberhavel district has blossomed into a tourist region. Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, for instance, has profiled itself as one of the most beautiful industrial heritage sites in Germany. Companies, the local population and visitors alike appreciate the quality of life that is available in that district. A wealth of leisure facilities, quiet residential location and fast connections to Berlin via the motorway or local transportation are key assets of the location.