From all over the world – to all over the world. The state of Hessen is one of Europe’s economically strongest, most internationally oriented and most attractive locations. Of particular commercial and logistics significance is the Frankfurt-RheinMain metropolitan region. Together with over 400 cities and towns, including the main centres of Frankfurt, Offenbach, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Hanau and Aschaffenburg, its 5.5 million people and 320,000 companies make up a region that is unequalled anywhere else.
With 300 air destinations in 110 countries and over 482,000 take-offs and landings every year, Frankfurt Airport is a leading international inter-modal transport hub with optimal connections to the entire world. It is a hub for more than 110 airlines with some 2.1 million tonnes of freight and 57.7 million passengers every year. Directly adjacent to the airport is the most important intersection of trans-European north-south and east-west transport links – the Frankfurt motorway junction, Germany’s most frequented section of motorway. Thus, the region offers ideal conditions for international business relations: from all over the world – to all over the world.
Dr. Rainer H. Waldschmidt: Der Autor, Naturwissenschaftler und Betriebswirt (MBA), arbeitete nach internationalen Stationen in Forschungund Industrie seit 2002 im Hessischen Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung. Im Juli 2011 wurde er Geschäftsführer der landeseigenen Wirtschaftsentwicklungsgesellschaft HA Hessen Agentur GmbH. Seit Oktober 2012 leitet er auch deren Tochtergesellschaft Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH.
A central finance centre in Europe. As the traffic flows in Hessen intersect, so too do the capital flows. In the capital city of the euro, some 230 banks from more than 40 countries conduct their global business. This is the home of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the European Central Bank. The German Stock Exchange makes the service centre that is Frankfurt one of the world’s major stock exchange centres. An excellent international infrastructure, world-famous trade fairs and one of the world’s largest securities exchanges show that Hessen is an attractive hub for companies from all over the world.
Hessen unites nations. Visiting Hessen and settling down here is a little like coming home. 750,000 foreign residents from over 180 nations make this state a commercial, social and cultural centre of diversity, social interaction and cooperation. In Hessen, international orientation is practised every day. This is particularly evident at events such as the Newcomers’ Festival, which is aimed at both new arrivals and local international employers and communities and offers them support in finding their feet here quickly. Large European, North and South American and Asian communities enrich everyday life economically and culturally. In Hessen, there are a large number of international primary and higher schools and institutes of tertiary education from which to choose. Hessen’s international character can be seen not only in the companies from all over the world and their employees and families, but also in the large number of business guests. Compared with other states in Germany, Hessen records over five million overnight stays by guests from overseas every year – an above-average trend that is increasing.
Folke Mühlhölzer: Der Autor arbeitete nach dem Jura-Studium zunächst als Anwalt, später als Richter im Justizdienst Hessen. Nach leitenden Positionen im Hessischen Kultusministerium sowie der Staatskanzlei ist er seit 2013 Vorsitzender Geschäftsführer der HA Hessen Agentur GmbH und Sonderbeauftragter des Hessischen Ministerpräsidenten für den Finanzplatz Hessen.
Hessen as a business location – always one step ahead. Due to its commercial vitality, Hessen has achieved a permanent top position. For over 25 years, no regional state in Germany has earned such a high GDP per person engaged in paid employment. In 2012 this figure was about 71,200 euros – about 12 per cent over the average for Germany. Apart from its services sector, which is known for its high level of performance, Hessen’s economic strength is based especially on its traditionally strong core industries. Whether the chemicals or pharmaceuticals industry, automobile manufacturing or electrical or mechanical engineering, research, development, manufacturing and marketing are conducted in numerous industries in Hessen. All these industries in Hessen have extremely high innovation potential, which is due not least to its many top-class institutions, universities and universities of applied sciences.
International automobile centre in the Rhine-Main region. As a location of the major automobile manufacturers Opel, VW and Mercedes, Hessen is also attractive for foreign automobile manufacturers and therefore, many of the German headquarters of internationally successful automobile manufacturers are based in the region. In addition, large numbers of Asian automobile manufacturers have their European head offices in the Rhine-Main region and maintain sales and logistics or research and development centres here. For example, Hyundai has been directing its activities on the European market from Offenbach since 2006 and its European Technology Centre is also based in Hessen. Some 300 employees work on car design and diesel motors in Rüsselsheim.
Traditionally strong in chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Hessen is one of the most important locations for the manufacturing chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries worldwide. Statistics demonstrate the diversity and performance of this industry. With just under 59,000 employees, it is one of the biggest industrial employers in Hessen and it earned sales worth 25.5 billion euros in 2012, with a 69 per cent export quota. The chemicals industry spends by far the most money on research and development with two billion euros. Biotechnology is distinguished by its great innovative strength.
Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH – the economic developers. On the subjects of innovation and international orientation, Hessen’s economy can rely entirely on Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI). The teams of experts from Hessen’s business development company in the fields of overseas trade, European consulting, technology and location marketing help local and international investors at all times when looking for a suitable location, entering international growth markets or further developing their company in Hessen. This offer is aimed in particular at small and medium-sized companies in Hessen. With its wide variety of activities, HTAI ensures lively interaction between industries, companies, tertiary education, political circles and society.