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Why invest in Thuringia?

Market access

The perfect location in one of the world’s largest and most powerful markets

Central location

All major German cities can be reached in less than 5 hours

Research & Development

More than 40 well-known research institutes and 13 universities as partners for your business

Skilled workers

Skilled workers in Thuringia: highly motivated and well qualified.

That's Thuringia - where doing business and a good lifestyle go hand in hand

Profit from strong industries


Global players such as Daimler, IHI, Opel/Stellantis, Magna, Bosch, BMW or Borg Warner have set up production in Thuringia. Auto manufacturing has deep roots in the state, dating back to early 20th century.

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Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Nanolithography, LTCC multilayer technology and ultrashort pulse laser technologies – these innovations represent a mere cross-section of the kind of advanced electrical engineering produced inThuringia.

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Energy and Environmental Technologies

Thuringian companies are among the world‘s leading providers of state-of-the-art power and environmental Technologies.

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Food Industry

What do Thuringian bratwurst and Brandt zwieback have in common? They are both made in Thuringia. With good reason, too: the region offers a unique combination of tradition, cus-tomer intimacy and cost-efficient production.

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Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The sector of information and communications technology in Thuringia is innovative and productive.

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The plastics industry in Thuringia is a success story with over 100 years of tradition. Known for their technical expertise and innovativeness, the local companies are among the biggest revenue generators in the Free State.

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Life Science

Thuringia is home to famous innovations and discoveries, from the patented mercury-free thermometer and the X-ray tube to the microscope. Scientists from Jena were involved in decoding the human chromosomes 8, 21 and X.

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The central location in both Germany and Europe plus a highly efficient infrastructure make the state a top location for logistics. All of Europe‘s major economic centers can be reached from Thuringia within a very short time.

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Mechanical engineering

In recent years, despite ever intensifying competition, mechanical engineering has become the fastest-growing industry in the Free State of Thuringia.

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Optics Industry

World-renowned companies such as Carl Zeiss, Schott or Jenoptics began in Thuringia and today they set international standards in the field of optical technologies.

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Wartburg and Classical Weimar, Hainich and the Thuringian Forest – in Thuringia, cultural world heritage meets natural world heritage.

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Our offer

Full-Service for entrepreneurs

We will support you in all phases of your location decision and the implementation of your investment project.

Subsidy consulting

We will be glad to advise you on available investment subsidies, participations and guarantees.

Our track record

1800 new investment and expansion projects
86500 new jobs created
13800 investment volume in EUR million

LEG Track Record (Source: LEG)

Various success stories from businesses in Thuringia

  • Jena-Optronik

    Optical instruments for space applications are developed and manufactured by the specialists at Jena-Optronik.

    These include star sensors, attitude control sensors and instruments for Earth observation and space exploration.

  • MDC Power

    MDC Power, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG, not only builds the best engines, but also sees itself as an engine for the region and the people who live and work here.

    Almost every second Mercedes-Benz engine is built by MDC Power GmbH in Kölleda.

  • Borbet Thüringen

    The BORBET Group designs, develops, produces and markets light alloy wheels with the highest quality standards for the international automotive industry and the specialist trade. For decades, we have been meeting this demand with state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, patented and innovative production technologies, an efficiently organised integrated management system and, last but not least, competent and motivated employees (m/f/d).



    The German Agency for Transfer and Innovation will be based in Erfurt.

    Bringing research to market faster

    Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, is to become the headquarters of the German Agency for Transfer and Innovation (DATI). As the German government's central innovation and funding agency, DATI will support the rapid transfer of technological…

    Martin Walden, Bodo Ramelow, Dr. Richard Lutz and Andreas Bausewein celebrate the kick-off of DB experience world.

    Modern Deutsche Bahn campus to be built in Erfurt

    It is a unique investment in the future for Deutsche Bahn. And it is being realized in Thuringia’s state capital: Over the next few years, DB will be building its central training facility not far from Erfurt’s main railway station and ICE…

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    State Development Corporation of Thuringia (LEG Thüringen)

    Dept. Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion

    Mainzerhofstraße 12
    99084 Erfurt
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    Phone: +49 (0)361 5603-450
    Fax: +49 (0)361 5603-328
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