Invest in Thuringia - News {$baseurl} Invest in Thuringia News en_GB.UTF-8 LEG Thüringen mbH Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:01:47 +0200 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:01:47 +0200 Invest in Thuringia news-2912 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:40:00 +0200 Battery manufacturer CATL increases investment sevenfold in Thuringia https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/battery-manufacturer-catl-increases-investment-sevenfold-in-thuringia/ The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL is increasingly focusing on its location in Thuringia and is significantly expanding its plans to build a battery factory in Arnstadt near Erfurt. The Group has now announced that it intends to invest € 1.8 billion instead of the previously planned € 240... The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL is increasingly focusing on its location in Thuringia and is significantly expanding its plans to build a battery factory in Arnstadt near Erfurt. The Group has now announced that it intends to invest € 1.8 billion instead of the previously planned € 240 million; the planned number of jobs shall rise from 600 to 2,000. CATL described its deeper engagement as "building a European production, research and development location" in Thuringia. 14 gigawatt hours will be the capacity in the initial phase, this will be expanded until 2026. According to group sources, the reason for the considerable increase of the planned investment sum by 7.5 times is the rapidly growing demand for e-car batteries from Europe.

In July 2018, CATL announced that it will build its first European manufacturing facility in the industrial estate "Erfurter Kreuz" owned by LEG. The investment project will be implemented on a  70 hectare site, thus creating Europe's largest location for the production of battery cells. In addition to production, the facility will also host a research and development center. Initial recruitment of staff has already taken place. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for autumn 2019.

LEG is accompanying CATL throughout the project implementation process and beyond with its comprehensive range of services.

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news-1616 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:42:06 +0200 "Thuringia and Vietnam – a strong and reliable partnership in a globalized world" https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/thuringia-and-vietnam-a-strong-and-reliable-partnership-in-a-globalized-world/ The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is being rated one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. At the same time, it is – with no doubt - an essential partner for the economic and scientific collaboration for the Free State of Thuringia.The attractiveness of the Thuringian job market to Vietnamese... The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is being rated one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. At the same time, it is – with no doubt - an essential partner for the economic and scientific collaboration for the Free State of Thuringia.

The attractiveness of the Thuringian job market to Vietnamese students and professionals is, not least being reflected through the close collaboration between universities and training facilities in both countries.

After all, Thuringia owns a wide range of outstanding academic and research institutions. These include 14 universities and polytechnic colleges, 19 extramural institutions of prestigious German scientific communities as well as eight scientific research centers and development service provider with a total of approximately 10,000 scientists.

The following links will provide you with further detailed information about each Thuringian research facility, including in depth information about possible research partnerships with companies. We will be glad to establish the contact with individual institutions for you.

Presentation "That‘s Thuringia. A strong business location in the center of Germany and Europe."

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news-1610 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0100 Automotive Supplier Relocates Headquarters from Heidelberg to Thuringia https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/automotive-supplier-relocates-headquarters-from-heidelberg-to-thuringia/ Thuringia is an innovative investment location with great appeal. The ICSI Group, which is relocating its headquarters from Heidelberg to Ichtershausen in Thuringia, only reinforces this fact. IHI Charging Systems International GmbH (ICSI Group) has been operating a turbocharger plant at LEG's “Erfurter Kreuz” site for ten years. In addition to the 400 or so employees to date, there will be a further 40 coming from the head office. At a press conference in Erfurt, Dr. Daniel Bader, ICSI Managing Director in Ichtershausen, gave reasons for the decision in favor of Thuringia: the proximity to OEMs and research institutes, the excellent transport infrastructure at the central motorway junction, and the good support from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and LEG. The entrepreneur also mentioned the short distances to the universities in Ilmenau  and Schmalkalden . ICSI expects further synergies from the relocation of the headquarters to the site of an efficient production facility belonging to the company group.

The ICSI Group was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between the Japanese IHI Group and Daimler AG and has been a wholly owned subsidiary of IHI Corporation (Tokyo) since February 2013. The second production site in addition to Ichtershausen is located in the Italian city of Cernusco. The ICSI Group sells turbochargers to customers worldwide, including many of the world's leading automobile manufacturers.

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news-1578 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:01:03 +0100 Mechatronics specialist to create 180 jobs in Thuringia https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/mechatronics-specialist-to-create-180-jobs-in-thuriniga/ One of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic switches and circuits, Marquardt Group, is investing in a new production site at Erfurter Kreuz industrial area near Arnstadt. The 10,000 m² production hall will host manufacturing of innovative mechatronic products designed for the interior of luxury vehicles and battery-powered cars.

"The Erfurter Kreuz industrial area perfectly meets our needs" says CEO Jochen Becker. "The immediate proximity to transport routes and availability of qualified workforce provide excellent conditions to start and grow successfully."

Marquardt is a German-based family enterprise and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide.

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news-1575 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:53:42 +0100 Site decision of Progroup AG in favor of Thuringia https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/site-decision-of-progroup-ag-in-favor-of-thuringia/ The company Prowell, a subsidiary of Progroup AG headquartered in Landau, decided on the town of Eisfeld in Thuringia as the location for its new corrugated cardboard plant. In Eisfeld a state-of-the-art production facility will be built on a 8.7 hectare site with an annual output capacity of 140,000 tons of corrugated cardboard. The new plant will require an investment of 50 million euros and will create about 50 jobs.

Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019. Progroup's new plant heightens ist Leadership position in the market for corrugated cardboard in Central Europe. Innovations in digitizing the manufacturing process, as well as in energy efficiency and soundproofing are planned. 

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news-1574 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:30:12 +0100 New plant for precast concrete elements at Erfurter Kreuz industrial area https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/new-plant-for-precast-concrete-elements-at-erfurter-kreuz-industrial-area/ The company European Modular Constructions GmbH (EMC) recently began construction of a new facility on the Erfurter Kreuz industrial estate near Erfurt. The factory will manufacture precast concrete elements designed in accordance with digital construction standards. Its 45 employees will initially produce 2,000 homes per year. EMC and ist partners are investing 46 million euros in the plant, which is scheduled to start operating in early 2020.

The state's Minister for Economic Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee, emphasized that the plant's highly automated production processes combine construction and digitization and make the facility a pioneer of the digital construction industry. It provides the basis for the industrial production of high-quality living space at reasonable prices. We can also expect this new factory to drive the digitization of the construction industry in Thuringia.

It already cooperates with the Thuringian Competence Center Industry 4.0 and with the Institute for Applied Building Research (IAB) located in Weimar. 

Thuringia managed to prevail over several other regions competing to be chosen as location for EMC's new production facility.

 

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news-1619 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:00:00 +0200 Global EV Battery Giant CATL Boosts Electric Mobility in Europe https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/global-ev-battery-giant-catl-boosts-electric-mobility-in-europe-1/ CATL launches its first battery factory outside of China in Thuringia, Germany, with 14GWh capacity by 2022; R&D center for development an automated production and smart manufacturing; technology with a focus on battery production; Testing, quality control and top services are being an important...  

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news-1528 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:59:00 +0200 Global EV Battery Giant CATL will build a smart battery factory in Thuringia https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/global-ev-battery-giant-catl-will-build-a-smart-battery-factory-in-thuringia/ It is a great success for the investment location Thuringia. The Chinese battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) – one of the globally leading companies for e-mobility batteries – will build its first factory outside of China in the Industrial Park “Erfurter Kreuz”, south of... It is a great success for the investment location Thuringia. The Chinese battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) – one of the globally leading companies for e-mobility batteries – will build its first factory outside of China in the Industrial Park “Erfurter Kreuz”, south of the capital city of Erfurt.

By 2022, CATL is investing 240 million euros and creating 600 new jobs. The 14-gigawatt-hour plant will focus on automated and intelligent production of batteries. In addition to production, research and development, quality control and highly qualified services will also play a major role.

Thuringia’s central location, good infrastructure at the site, an excellent investor service, know-how thanks to the availability of qualified specialists and the diverse research capacities are among the trump cards that convinced CATL and in the end prevailed in the tough global location competition.

"This important investment decision catapults our state at least into the European league, because this is the first production site for battery cells in Europe," said Thuringia's Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee at the signing of the project agreement in early July in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. He himself had led the investment negotiations in China.

"We are pleased that a world market leader such as CATL is relying on Thuringia to drive forward the further growth of its battery and production technology from here." The company will build its new production facilities at the "Erfurter Kreuz" industrial area, which LEG (State Development Corporation of Thuringia) has successfully developed since 2005.

LEG is actively supporting the settlement project and, with its competent investor service, has played a key role in the positive investment decision.´

About Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.

Founded in 2011 and publicly listed in 2018, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for e-mobility as well as energy storage solutions. Main business also covers battery management systems, battery reuse and battery material recycling. CATL ranks as No.1 in the global EV battery industry with a 12 GWh annual shipment in 2017.

By December 31, 2017, CATL has 3,425 employees in R&D which represent 23.28% of the employees at total. CATL has branch offices in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Qinghai, and Foshan in China as well as in Munich and Paris, Japan and USA. For further information, please visit: http://www.catlbattery.com/.

Interview with Dr. Arnulf Wulff, Senior Vice President Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion, LEG Thüringen

With the construction of a battery cell factory by the Chinese investor CATL, the LEG Thüringen has indeed made a big coup.

Yes, this was the starting signal for one of the most important foreign investment projects of the past ten years in Thuringia. At the same time, it is a result of our dedicated work over the last few months to emerge as a winner from the increasing national and international location competition. However, the actual work for the gradual implementation has just begun.

Has the business location of Thuringia become more interesting for foreign investors in recent years?

In recent years the share of foreign investors, especially from the high-tech industries, which want to get involved in the Free State, has increased continuously and is now over 50%, thus reaching a peak. At the same time, this proves the increasing attractiveness of Thuringia as a business and technology location.

Where do you see the reasons for this development in Thuringia as a hotspot for investors?

In addition to its excellent location in Germany and Europe, Thuringia on the one hand possesses state-of-the-art infrastructure, a diversified industry structure, skilled workers, renowned academic and scientific institutions and offers a high quality of life. The availability of attractive industrial space that meets even the most demanding requirements plays an important role, too.

On the other hand, as a full-service agency, LEG Thüringen offers competent services for investors: from economic and industry analyzes, tailor-made location offers to financing and subsidy  packages, public authority management and the matching with Thuringian cooperation or R&D partners. At the same time, LEG Thüringen provides highly suitable industrial sites, all under one roof!

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news-1525 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:52:00 +0200 Global EV Battery Giant CATL Boosts Electric Mobility in Europe https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/global-ev-battery-giant-catl-boosts-electric-mobility-in-europe/ CATL launches its first battery factory outside of China in Thuringia, Germany, with 14GWh capacity by 2022. Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) is opening a European factory in Thuringia, Germany, as the region’s auto industry gears up to mass-produce electric vehicles (EVs). A project agreement between CATL and the Free State of Thuringia has been signed today as part of the German-Chinese intergovernmental consultations in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. This signifies the first time that CATL is producing its EV batteries outside of China. The move emphasizes CATL’s commitment to the European automotive market in general and the growth opportunities electric vehicles represent in Europe and specifically in Germany.

Europe is one of the key regions for CATL’s strategic growth. The company underlines the market significance and potential by opening its first production facility outside China in Germany. The reasons for selecting Germany are manifold, and include

  • staying with customers to understand the local market requirements and to offer quicker response to their needs.
  • offering solutions to European OEMs such as BMW, Daimler and VW (in alphabet order), amongst others, which have been produced in Germany.
  • the integration of European intelligent manufacture know-how and expertise regarding cutting-edge battery Technologies

As the world’s largest lithium-ion EV battery manufacturer, CATL continuously improves the reliability and productivity of its products, thereby driving the acceptance of the technology. The highly automated new battery facility will be scaled to produce 14GWh capacity and create about 600 new jobs. The facility is planned to occupy a 70 ha space in the “Erfurter Kreuz” industrial area.

For Thuringia’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the investment is an “new milestone for industrial policy setting with a tremendous long-term effect” – for CATL itself, for the European automotive industry, but also for the business location of Thuringia. “The first European production site for battery cells ever, will be in Thuringia”, Tiefensee said. “The most important investment decision of the last ten years will catapult our state into the major league of battery manufacturing and
research for years to come.” The state government expects to attract additional companies from the battery technology sector and materials supply industry, positioning it as leading in innovative EV technologies.

“After intensive negotiations over more than one year in China and in Germany we succeeded in persuading CATL of Thuringia”, Tiefensee continued. "We are pleased that a world market leader like CATL is relying on Thuringia to drive forward its growth and the development of its battery technology."

CATL will set up a project company in Thuringia as an independent company which concerns itself with manufacturing, R&D and logistics.

“Building a smart battery plant in Germany is our first step of European investment plan, and this would be beneficial for the cooperation between European OEMs and CATL.” Said Dr. Robin Zeng, Chairman of CATL. “By bring the most advance lithium-ion battery technology to Germany and developing the local deliver ability, CATL is getting closer the customers, with which CATL is able to offer even better product solutions and faster response to our customers.”

“We believe that battery technology is a key pillar for the future of e-mobility,” said Robert Galyen, CATL CTO. “We are excited to bring our best-in-class automotive battery products and solutions to the European market.”

About Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.

Founded in 2011 and publicly listed in 2018, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for e-mobility as well as energy storage solutions. Main business also covers battery management systems, battery reuse and battery material recycling. CATL ranks as No.1 in the global EV battery industry with a 12 GWh annual shipment in 2017.

By December 31, 2017, CATL has 3,425 R&D employees, which representing 23.28% of total employees. CATL has branch offices in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Qinghai, and Foshan in China as well as in Munich, Germany, and Paris, France, Japan and USA. For further information, please visit: http://www.catlbattery.com/.

Media Contact
Elaine Huang
Email: huangyil@catlbattery.com

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news-1497 Tue, 22 May 2018 14:34:01 +0200 Jena Researchers Develop Next Generation Lasers https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/jena-researchers-develop-next-generation-lasers/ Researchers from the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of Jena, the Fraunhofer IOF Jena and the Helmholtz Institute of Jena developed a new method enabling the next generation of ultrashort pulse lasers. After Jena researchers won the 2013 Deutsche Zukunftspreis (German Future Award) for their work on a high-precision laser tool, many believed that physical and technological limits would stall any further advances. Others suggested it was no longer possible to make quantum leap advances in the field of ultrashort pulse laser technology. But all this naysay did not stop Jena researchers. They thought outside the box and looked at the problems in a fundamentally new way. That is what Thuringians do.

And it worked. Over the past seven years, these innovative Researchers from the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of Jena, the Fraunhofer IOF Jena and the Helmholtz Institute of Jena developed a new method which breaks through existing barriers and enables the next generation of ultrashort pulse lasers. These researchers can now divide an input laser beam and then amplify the sub-beams. When the individually amplified sub-beams are bundled back together, the new output beam has higher power. This increased laser power shortens processing speeds and makes manufacturing more cost effective.

For their work in ultrashort pulse laser technology, these Jena researchers were recently nominated as one of ten teams to be considered for the 2018 Thuringian Research Award. While the not have won the award, these researchers continue to lay the foundation for future advances in laser technology.

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news-1483 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:19:48 +0200 Subsidiary of Japanese Nissha Corporation is expanding its Thuringian site https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/subsidiary-of-japanese-nissha-corporation-is-expanding-its-thuringian-site/ Schuster Kunststofftechnik, which belongs to the Japanese Nissha Corporation, recently inaugurated its new logistics building in Waltershausen. 1.5 million euros were invested in the 2,800 m² property, and further investments are planned for the location. The mid-sized company with ist 180 employees is specialized in plastics processing, mainly for the automotive industry. Using a process developed within the company, 3D-molded films are produced for sensors, antennae, and other automotive components. The company won the Central German Innovation Award for this achievement. 

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news-1482 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:40 +0200 Apolda becomes a hub for formwork technology https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/apolda-becomes-a-hub-for-formwork-technology/ The Logistics Center of the Austrian Doka Group - built in Apolda in 2013 - will now be expanded to become a European distribution center for formwork technology. At the time, Doka had already invested 14 million euros in the 11.4 ha location. Now, there will be additional investments of 6 to 8 million euros for another 2.5 ha of land and construction. Like before, the decision was made in favor of the location Thuringia, due to the central location in Germany and the excellent traffic infrastructure.

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news-1481 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:08:11 +0200 Vivisol is investing in its new Thuringian site https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/vivisol-is-investing-in-its-new-thuringian-site/ Vivisol Deutschland GmbH, belonging to an Italian group of companies, is expanding and merging its existing Thuringian locations at the largest industrial area in Thuringia - the Erfurter Kreuz in Arnstadt. There, on a 12,000 m² plot, Vivisol is investing 2.5 million euros in a new office building, where 130 employees will work. The company specializes in devices related to oxygen therapy and home mechanical ventilation. 

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news-1480 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:12:28 +0200 LEG Thüringen actively seeking investors for the tourism sector https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/leg-thueringen-actively-seeking-investors-for-the-tourism-sector/ Recently, LEG Thüringen has added to its portfolio the investment promotion in the travel industry. Vacations in Germany are trending up. The visitor and overnight stay figures are increasing nicely. In Thuringia, too. Because Thuringia has a lot to offer: Beautiful landscapes, great hiking trails, and a multi-faceted range of cultural activities shape the image of the state. The central location and excellent accessibility mean that Thuringia is becoming an increasingly popular vacation destination. So, it is only logical that investment activities in the hotel and accommodation sector is taking center stage, as there are huge opportunities and great potential for long-lasting growth for businesses, income and revenue.

Strategically highlighting this potential and the opportunities for investments in Thuringia is the objective behind the range of intriguing services that LEG Thüringen offers to investors in Thuringia. Supported by extensive experience and successful developments in creating new jobs in the manufacturing sector, the next step is to gain sustainable structures and investments in the tourism sector, too.

 

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news-503 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:55:42 +0100 Ilmenau University of Technology ranked amongst the best universities in Germany https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/ilmenau-university-of-technology-ranked-amongst-the-best-universities-in-germany/ According to a ranking conducted by the magazine "Wirtschaftswoche" and in cooperation with the HR service provider Universum Global, the Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau) has been evaluated as one of the leading German universities. Ilmenau University of Technology scored in 3 different graduate programs: business IT (rank 6), industrial engineering (rank 10), computer science (rank 10). The survey included more than 500 HR experts both from SMEs and large enterprises that were asked to evaluate German universities based on different criteria incl. graduates' experience in project management, language skills, industry know-how, problem solving skills and many others.

There are a great number of arguments that render TU Ilmenau one of the leading universities in Germany particularly in the aforementioned disciplines. Prof. Jürgen Petzoldt (prorector at TU Ilmenau) emphasizes the importance of providing practical courses enabling the students to gain practical experience through internships and projects with local companies from the very beginnings of their academic career. This curricular approach provides a solid foundation for students to implement theoretical knowledge gained by working on real-life projects. At the same time, the students are involved in exciting research projects and work very closely in interdisciplinary teams gaining experience in using state-of-the-art software inter alia ERP System SAP or Digit Lab. This is what makes TU Ilmenau graduates perfectly prepared for the labor market and economic challenges of tomorrow.

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news-501 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:52:00 +0100 Zeiss invests EUR 300 million at the high-tech location Jena https://www.invest-in-thuringia.de/en/news-media/news/news-detail/zeiss-invests-eur-300-million-at-the-high-tech-location-jena/ Major investment in Jena: By 2023, the Carl Zeiss optics group intends to consolidate its existing locations in Jena into a single location and thus establish its second largest location worldwide. Jena will then become an integral part of Zeiss’ global investment strategy and will connect seamlessly to a series of international projects for the expansion, modernization, and reorientation of locations that Zeiss has been carrying out since 2011, including projects in Germany, Europe and Asia. ”As a global technology leader, our investments are aimed at utilizing the existing potential in our growth markets,“ says Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. “This is why we need an even stronger presence and better net working with innovation hotspots.” In Jena, this would mean close cooperation with institutions such as the Friedrich Schiller-University, the Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences, the Ilmenau University of Technology, universities of applied sciences in the region, and local institutes such as the Max Planck Society, as well as with partner companies and local suppliers.

The current grouping of over 2,000 employees at the foundation site is possible because the optics specialist will purchase a partially unused Schott operating site, renovate it, and erect new buildings for an integrated high-tech location. During the course of this major investment, Zeiss intends to recruit around 500 new employees and also to create a dynamic growth environment for start-up companies, thus further increasing the attractiveness of Jena as a high-tech and knowledge location. (gro)

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