Invest in Thuringia - News {$baseurl} Invest in Thuringia News en_GB.UTF-8 LEG Thüringen mbH Mon, 12 Apr 2021 03:07:56 +0200 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 03:07:56 +0200 Invest in Thuringia news-3528 Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:56:09 +0200 Thuringia increases incentive rates in order to boost investments In response to the economic consequences of the Corona crisis, the Thuringian Ministry of Economics has changed the conditions in the central investment promotion programs. The maximum subsidy rates are generally increased by 10 percentage points each up to a maximum subsidy amount of 1.8 million euros – i.e. from 10 to 20 percent of the eligible investment sum for large enterprises, from 20 to 30 percent for medium-sized enterprises and from 30 to 40 percent for small enterprises.

Companies particularly affected by the crisis, e.g. the automotive industry, receive additional support: For them, the maximum funding rate is increased by a further 10 percentage points.

On the other hand, economic sectors that are considered winners of the current crisis are excluded from the higher subsidy rates (not from subsidies in general). This applies, for example, to the e-commerce business, logistics, IT service providers and certain construction and construction-related industries.

The improved funding conditions are valid until 31 December 2021. Only one application and only one approval per plant/subsidiary in Thuringia is possible. For more detailed information, please visit:

Thüringer Aufbaubank or Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft


news-3525 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:06:58 +0100 US company Vuzix partners with Thuringian rooom AG In order to expand its presence in enterprise training and education around 3D augmented reality content the US-American company Vuzix partners with the Thuringian marketing tech startup room AG from Jena. Vuzix is a leading supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality technology and products. The E-Commerce sector has had very good sales in the recent months, not at least because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Both companies have profited from this growth and are looking forward to a successful partnership.

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news-3503 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 08:22:17 +0100 1000 new jobs in Gera: Amazon builds a state-of-the-art logistics center in Thuringia About 130 million euros are invested by Amazon in its new logistics location in the city of Gera. The online retailer plans to start operations in eastern Thuringia before the beginning of the 2021 Christmas season and will create around 1,000 new jobs. The new logistics center will be the second Amazon site in Thuringia, besides the distribution center in Erfurt; which opened in 2019 and currently employs 500 people. The investment is a further expansion of Amazon's German logistics network to meet growing customer demand and broaden its product selection. In addition, Amazon supports a growing number of German companies that sell on Amazon, using warehousing and delivery via "fulfillment by amazon."

In the framework of the "Climate Pledge", the voluntary commitment to be CO2 neutral by 2040, the logistics center in Gera integrates the latest environmental standards in terms of energy efficiency and the responsible use of resources. The site has also applied for gold certification from the DGNB, the German Sustainable Building Council.

The search for qualified and committed specialists begins immediately, especially for human resources, security and IT.

news-3497 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 12:46:00 +0100 Medical technology specialist from the U.S. has established a production facility in Thuringia Innovative products for 'keyhole surgery': the company W.O.M. World Of Medicine GmbH invests around 10 million euros and creates new jobs in Sonneberg. W.O.M. World Of Medicine GmbH, the world leader in some areas of Minimally Invasive Surgery, has established a new production facility in Thuringia. The Med-Tech manufacturer plans to invest up to 10 million euros and create 14 highly skilled jobs (this number should rise to 100 in the coming years) in the city of Sonneberg. This investment shows that Thuringia, as a premium business location in the heart of Europe, continues to attract foreign businesses and despite the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic offers great conditions for international companies.

WOM, part of the Massachusetts based and globally active Novanta Group, provides pioneering medical technology that helps surgeons around the world perform surgical procedures with only minor incisions. Products include cameras, insufflators, and pump systems, instruments for endoscopic vessel harvesting, as well as tubing systems. The new production site in South Thuringia will be the second facility that WOM operates in Germany and that should help the company achieve their growth targets.

news-3492 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 13:48:59 +0100 UV light disinfects ambulances Southern Thuringian company BINZ recently launched a groundbreaking innovation to combat deadly pathogens: An LED light system installed in the ambulance’s headliner emits UV light that kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, viruses and other germs in just under ten minutes. The Ilmenau-based ambulance equipment manufacturer claims that its technology disinfects vehicles more quickly and thoroughly than conventional methods. The light system is activated with a push of a button while the ambulance waits for its next call. It requires no warming-up period, generates no harmful ozone and has proven to be better and more variable than fluorescent bulbs, according to the Fraunhofer Institute in Ilmenau, which collaborated with BINZ in developing the innovative technology. The partnership between the company and the research institution is an example of the kind of vibrant, fruitful technology transfers that happen in Thuringia.

news-3491 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 13:41:50 +0100 Researchers from Thuringia rejoice about 2020 German Future Award ZEISS, TRUMPF and Fraunhofer research team awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020 for the development of EUV lithography. news-3490 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 13:35:27 +0100 Seed specialist will open new production site in Thuringia Strong commitment to Thuringia as a place to do business: Hahn & Karl Saatenhandel GmbH from Bad Soden recently built a production, logistics and administrative center in Eisenberg, in eastern Thuringia. The company has invested several million euros and created at least 10 new jobs. The center will be used not only to wholesale agricultural seeds but also to house a new production line for wild bird feed. “We picked Thuringia for its strong regional agricultural industry, highly skilled and motivated workforce, Eisenberg’s central location in Europe and the close, positive support we received from the state, including LEG,” explained Dr. Axel Kaske, Managing Director of Hahn & Karl. In addition to current sales markets such as Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria, the company hopes to tap markets in Italy, Austria and Northern and Eastern Europe and make greater use of central Germany for seed production. 

news-3489 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 13:31:29 +0100 Development center of China-based Desay SV Automotive Group is built in Weimar Thuringia has become a bridgehead for Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg (ATTB) and its parent, Desay SV Automotive, to expand into Europe. ATTB will soon be operating a development center in Weimar-Legefeld where 20 to 30 highly trained experts will design solutions for smart antenna technology, electronics and software for the car of the future. ATTB plans to outfit car models with the products it develops – from smart antennas to vehicle electronics and software from Desay, its Chinese parent. ATTB used to specialize in supplying auto parts for commercial and special purpose vehicles, but the new development center marks its entry into the carmaking market. It is currently constructing the facility in close cooperation with LEG. The former factory site is thus being expanded into ATTB’s future state-of-the-art research and technology campus – a place where big-name manufacturers’ pre-production vehicles, a.k.a. “development mules”, will drive in and out. (hw)

news-3449 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:44:29 +0200 PAPACKS celebrated the topping-out ceremony for their Gigafactory at the Erfurter Kreuz Industrial Park Plastic-free packagings soon „made in Thuringia“. On 25th September the company Papacks GmbH – a specialist for bio-degradable and plastic-free packaging material – celebrated the topping-out ceremony for their Gigafactory at the LEG-owned industrial park “Erfurter Kreuz“ in Arnstadt. Papacks is... news-3437 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:38:16 +0200 MetraLabs is fighting the microbes Indoor spaces have become dangerous places during the Corona outbreak. Countless bakteria and viruses float through the air and gather up on the surface areas in these spaces. An invention coming from the Southern Thuringia town, Ilmenau, provides the remedy: a robot from the company MetraLabs... The "Sterybot" works with UV-C light, which is an extraordinarily high-energy radiation. MetraLabs specifies that the robot can elimante up to 99.99 percent of the bacteria and viruses which are in a room. The device moves on its own and disinfects not only the air in the room but also floors, walls, table tops, chairs, door handles and light switches. It will be mainly used in clinics, but also in public spaces such as airports, shops and hotels. "Sterybot" is one of nine projects out of 146 applications, which are funded by the EU to fight against Corona.

MetraLabs have been active in Thuringia for the last 15 years and it benefits from the innovative business and research landscape surrounding the Ilmenau University of Technology.


news-3423 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:19:14 +0200 Focus on functional films The Nissha Innovation Center Europe (NICE), where engineers develop solutions for functional films, recently was founded in Waltershausen/Thuringia. Based in Japan, Nissha manufactures products all over the world, including sensor films for cars, smartphones and tablets. In Waltershausen, the Japanese Corporation is represented by Schuster Kunststofftechnik GmbH and Back Stickers GmbH, which produce decorative in-mold labeling (IML) for vehicle interiors. This field is also where NICE conducts most of its research. NICE cooperates with 400 engineers at the main R&D office in Kyoto and brings in car makers and auto parts suppliers. Nissha picked Thuringia due to its dense network of innovative companies and institutions. NICE has been tasked with developing client-centric solutions such as functional films that heat proximity sensors and headlights in the winter or decorative surface films and touch sensors to replace conventional buttons in vehicle interiors.

news-3422 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:07:43 +0200 Industrial bakery Panem Backstube GmbH expands in northern Thuringia Panem is growing rapidly. The industrial bakery in northern Thuringia is putting up a second factory building at its Bleicherode location and doubling its production capacity. Starting in 2021, 40,000 rolls, 20,000 pretzel products and 15,000 baguettes will leave the new building each day. Panem set... The company is investing around EUR 50 million in the new facility: EUR 15 million for the building itself and EUR 35 million for the production equipment. It plans to increase its headcount from 230 permanent employees to around 350. One key element of the new production line will be a state-of-the-art masonry oven worth three million euros. "Each square meter can hold around half a ton of dough. And each production line processes around four tons per hour. Eventually, we plan to have four lines", explains Panem CEO Markus Schirmer. "We are confident that our high product quality will enable us to expand our market share. Between the good transport links, close proximity to our customers and available space, northern Thuringia is the ideal location to continue driving our expansion."

news-3390 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:52:00 +0200 Fraunhofer Battery Innovation and Technology Center is established at industry park Erfurter Kreuz With a grant of 13.5 million euros from the Free State of Thuringia, the Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) will begin its work on July 10, 2020 at the Erfurter Kreuz industrial park. The opening marks an important step in expanding and interlinking activities in the field of battery... With a grant of 13.5 million euros from the Free State of Thuringia, the Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) will begin its work on July 10, 2020 at the Erfurter Kreuz industrial park. The opening marks an important step in expanding and interlinking activities in the field of battery and energy storage technology in Thuringia. As a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, the BITC is linked to one of the largest battery research institutes in Germany and benefits from strong connections to industry and business.

We are actively supporting the development of the center into a Europe-wide beacon for energy-efficient and resource-saving battery production on behalf of the Free State of Thuringia: Therefore, we have acquired the building complex for use by the Fraunhofer IKTS. In view of the transformation process in the automotive and energy industry, the BITC will develop solutions for the networked, digitally supported production and quality assurance of battery cells and modules. In doing so, ceramic materials, state-of-the-art sensor technology and non-destructive testing methods will be used.

news-3076 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:18:00 +0200 Coronavirus crisis: Chinese company CATL donates hundreds of thousands of masks and gloves to Thuringia Strong signal of affiliation to the region / LEG assisted with organizing the aid / the recipient is the Foundation outpatient medical care Thuringia ERFURT: The Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) is strongly committed to the investment location Thuringia and has started expansion operations in the business park “Erfurter Kreuz”. Upon completion of the final construction phase, up to 2,000 jobs will be created in the region. Even in these difficult times, the multinational is demonstrating its strong ties to the region and to Thuringia with a large donation: CATL is donating 100,000 surgical masks and 200,000 disposable gloves to the Foundation outpatient medical care Thuringia, which in times of the Coronavirus pandemic is vital for local outpatient and inpatient treatment. Expressing satisfaction, CATL’s European CEO Matthias Zentgraf said: “Last year we began laying the foundation for our corporate future in Arnstadt and Ichterhausen, and in these past months we have experienced a lot of support, we feel very much welcome here”. He continued: „From the very beginning, we felt a strong commitment towards the region and its community and we are looking forward to contributing towards combatting the pandemic in Thuringia by giving a donation!” The Department of Investment, International Business and Cluster Promotion of the LEG played a significant supportive role by establishing the contact to the Foundation, advising on topics related to imports of goods and ensuring swift logistics in the implementation of the project.

For the Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee, this donation is an expression of the company’s strong affiliation to its corporate location in Thuringia: “Globalisation does not only mean fierce competition but also signifies friendly cooperation transcending country and company borders. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to CATL and the LEG for this initiative.”
“This is an outstanding beacon of solidarity that CATL is lighting with its comprehensive relief campaign“,  CEO of the LEG Andreas Krey praised CATL´s support. “The cooperation worked out wonderfully and we are glad to see our excellent collaboration continue and elevate to an even higher level with this important project!“ 

The relief items were made available in the Chinese city of Ningde and have just arrived in Weimar. The recipient is the Foundation outpatient medical care Thuringia, founded in 2009 by the Association of Licensed Medical Practitioners and the Free State of Thuringia with the aim to help and support the outpatient medical care in Thuringia. The masks and gloves will be beneficial to the medical staff throughout Thuringia tasked with the emergency medical care of Covid-19 risk groups. Jörg Mertz, Foundation´s Managing Director, is very pleased: “In these very hard times of the Coronavirus-pandemic we appreciate all the support. This donation enables general practitioners to hand out surgical masks to high-risk patients for self-protection.” 

The Foundation will provide the masks and gloves to:

  • Approx. 3.700 medical practices of statutory general practitioners in Thuringia
  • Emergency medical services for all participating physicians 
  • Approx. 25 installed and equipped Coronavirus support centers (Test sites) for COVID-19 patients
  • Approx. 15 infection consultation services

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news-3041 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:24:50 +0100 Nobel Prize for Jena-born researcher This news received on October 9, 2019 was celebrated not only by the prizewinners, but also by the researchers at the CEEC Jena: John B. Goodenough was one of three scientists to receive the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2019, and was honored for his work on the development of lithium ion batteries. This was not only a great honor for the Jena-born researcher, it has also given the current research in the field of batteries an additional impetus: This research  is currently being driven forward primarily at the Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry (CEEC) Jena at the Friedrich Schiller University. 

Now, the CEEC will have access to an additional 4,000 sqm of floor space with its new research building. CEEC Jena II will not only allow for special experiments on new types of energy storage materials that are developed at the Jena university - the associated center for application is also intended to bring the research findings to maturity for use in industry. The researchers will work on innovative concepts for battery systems, solar cells and integrated components.

news-3028 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:41:00 +0100 CATL starts construction of its first overseas factory in Germany Thuringia, Germany – A groundbreaking ceremony for the first overseas factory of the world's leading lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) took place on October 18 in Thuringia, a state in east-central Germany, marking the start of construction of the first... Thuringia, Germany – A groundbreaking ceremony for the first overseas factory of the world's leading lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) took place on October 18 in Thuringia, a state in east-central Germany, marking the start of construction of the first lithium-ion battery factory in Germany.

"Germany is home to a strong automotive industry and several of CATL's key customers," said Matthias Zentgraf, Co-president Europe CATL, "we believe that the combination of Germany's industrial tradition and CATL's tradition of innovative battery technology will greatly accelerate the electrification of the automotive industry in Europe."CATL has developed win-win partnerships with a slew of European companies in automobile industry including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, and Bosch.

This intelligent factory is designed and developed to root deeply in Europe and work closely with customers to provide clean and reliable power for electro mobility. After purchased former property from Solarworld, CATL starts a new stage of capacity expansion on 23 ha greenfield to achieve 14GWh production capacity of battery by 2022. Production lines for both battery cells and modules will be finalized in this phase of expansion. To enable the highly efficient production, a comprehensive support team will be developed in Thuringia, including logistics, quality management, operations maintenance and local purchasing and development departments. Experts from CATL's headquarters in the fields of technology, process and management will also come and support in Thuringia for a smooth start-up phase. Since June this year, CATL has been on site with the first employees, and up to 2,000 jobs will be created by 2024/2025.

Local supply chain is another key element of successful production localization. The company will also identify and qualify local suppliers of materials, components, systems and services. This will indirectly create additional jobs and prospects in the region.

"Thuringia is centrally located, enabling us to respond to customer requests in a timely fashion. And the availability of renewable energy, which already reaches almost 40% in the public network of Thuringia, is another important decision criterion." Matthias Zentgraf continues, "and finally, thanks to the support from the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the LEG Thüringen, we believe Thuringia's manufacturing and R&D environment will contribute to CATL's development."

Except for bringing cutting-edge lithium-ion battery technologies from China to Germany, CATL will also intensify its cooperation with local R&D institutes and universities, such as MEET, to extend the strong position in the industry.

With CATL's choice of the Arnstadt site, the state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries for electro mobility will be manufactured in the region. This impetus will also help to successfully position Thuringia as a benchmark in the mobility shift with all its facets.

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news-2989 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:43:04 +0200 Amazon builds distribution center in Erfurt A distribution center for online wholesaler Amazon is currently being built at the "International Logistics Center" (ILZ) in Erfurt. Amazon has commissioned Munich-based real estate company GIEAG AG to develop the 23,000 m² site and will then lease the property. Packages delivered by trucks will be sorted, delivered and returned in shifts, six days a week. Courier services will carry out "last mile" delivery and distribute packages using delivery vans. Sophisticated route planning should help prevent multiple trips. About 100 full-time employees plus around 400 delivery partner employees will be required. In addition to the distribution center, there will be a large parking lot for approx. 70 trucks and 630 delivery vans. The building is already structurally complete and operations are scheduled to start at the end of summer. The company is carrying out this investment without state funding.

The ILZ industrial park, which is also the site of further renowned logistics companies, is located north of the Erfurt metropolitan area and has a very good traffic infrastructure with a direct connection to the A71 highway. The two main cargo airports - Frankfurt/Main and Leipzig/Halle - can each be reached by truck in less than three hours.

news-2990 Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:07:00 +0200 First images from Mars will be seen through Jenoptik lenses When NASA launches the Mars 2020 mission the first images back to Earth in February of 2021 will be seen through lenses designed and engineered by Jenoptik. news-2912 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:40:00 +0200 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" 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."

news-1610 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0100 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.

news-1578 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:01:03 +0100 Mechatronics specialist to create 180 jobs in Thuringia 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.

news-1575 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:53:42 +0100 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. 

news-1574 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:30:12 +0100 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.


news-1619 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:00:00 +0200 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; 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...  

news-1528 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:59:00 +0200 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:

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!

news-1525 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:52:00 +0200 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:

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news-1497 Tue, 22 May 2018 14:34:01 +0200 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.

news-1483 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:19:48 +0200 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. 

news-1482 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:40 +0200 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.

news-1481 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:08:11 +0200 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. 

news-1480 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:12:28 +0200 LEG Thüringen 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.


news-503 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:55:42 +0100 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.

news-501 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:52:00 +0100 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)