Did you know? When the tennis star Roger Federer strikes out for an all-decisive hit, Saarland is a part of the success of this world sportsman. Federer uses a Wilson tennis racket and this comes directly from the Amer Sports Europe Services GmbH in Überherrn.
When travelling becomes even more relaxing in Opel’s new winning model, Insigna, this is thanks to technology from Saarland. Through a coating of Nanogate AG, Insigna seats are immune to ice-cream and chocolate marks.
Even when the Ford Focus Econetic successfully cares for the environment, Saarland has played its part, as the car – awarded with the Auto-Umwelt-Zertifikat (environmental-friendly certificate) of the Öko-Trend institute – is built in Saarlouis.
These are only three of numerous examples where our technologies, products and services can be found – successes shaped by the internationality of the region.
Traditionally, there exists a spry exchange with France. Work and leisure know no bounds in Saarland. Over 20,000 people come to work every day from France. They improve the language and specialized competence of the region. With the high-speed train, TGV/ICE, Paris is only a close 110 minutes away.
Today, internationality is more and more frequently quoted by companies as an important factor in the choice of location – excellent conditions for the economic development of the smallest German federal state. Over the past few years, Saarland has accomplished its great potential through the successful structural transformation from a heavy industry to a logistics and high-tech location.
and tolerance are economic potentials
The American economic scientist Richard Florida defines tolerance, beside talent and technology, as one of the most important aspects in competition for investors, establishments and young, qualified employees. In this regard, we are optimally positioned in Saarland. Old and new Saarlanders praise the living internationality, hospitable atmosphere and “savoir-vivre” of the region as proof of a high quality of life.
Solid networks for an efficient state
Also the promotion of the economy in Saarland makes use of the traditional partnership and solid French competence that spreads widely across every field. At the same time, the gwSaar Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation develops new methods for the world wide acquisition of establishment projects. In order to act quickly and efficiently, we need to work in co-operation with a qualified network of partners. The partners observe relevant markets in their respective home countries and support contact to potential investors. In the forefront of communication, marketing and profiling of the location Saarland, stand targeted activities for the settlement of companies in focal fields.
Netzwerk Plus – Saarland offers companies more than just a location
Business development in Saarland has far more to offer new companies than the mere location. The SHS Strukturholding Saar brings the activities of the business development and real estate industry under one roof. With “Netzwerk Plus”, the company offers all location-specific services from advice to turnkey property. In addition to this, we integrate newly settled companies into a solid network that covers a broad know-how across fields. There is close contact to local, internationally-renowned research institutions, numerous innovative companies, politics and administration.
Business development in Saarland means technological advancement
The development of the high-tech location of Saarland, with its main focus on IT and nanotechnology, is being driven forward by players from science and research, business and politics. The close co-operation between business and science secures companies with important advantages for competition.
The international flair of the region also reflected in the research carried out.
Scientists from 52 countries carry out research alone at the two – nationwide sole – Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems and at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.
Effective business development must act multi-laterally, above all in the field of cutting-edge technology. International exchange is an important building block in technology-intensive fields for the acquisition of establishments. For, the development of a location is always dependent upon the reputation and pulling-force of local technology companies and research institutes. gwSaar therefore also applies the technology transfer and the internationalization of young Saarland-based technology companies.
In order to actively advance the technology transfer, gwSaar supports the “Saarland Technology Corporation”. The company has its headquarters in the Technology Park of the IIT Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and campaigns for Saarland’s cutting-edge technology. The office is the first point of contact for US companies that are interested in the know-how found in Saarland.
As a countermove, American technology companies should gain the opportunity to exploit the location of Europe through the Saarbrücker Science Park.
With the initiative of the Saarland “Saarland Empowering Nano”, nanotechnology from Saarland could already be successfully conveyed to Asia and South America. The “Saarland Technology Corporation” will now continue the success story in the USA.
Master plan for industrial areas in Saarland – new potential for property-intensive industries
Saarland plays an important role in international goods traffic. Logistics workers count on the location in the heart of Europe, the outstanding infrastructure and in nation-wide comparison cheap real estate and personnel costs. In order to be able to offer local companies long-term planning security and allow new settlements, Saarland’s government resolved the master plan for industrial areas.
The master plan was developed by the SBB Saarland Bau und Boden Projektgesellschaft SBB (Saarland Planing and Construction Corporation). In order to justify the need of industrial areas for modern companies, the SBB, among other things, used location, transport connection, ecological compatibility and possibly generous property grounds as decisive criteria for the selection of the six new development areas.
The industrial engineer Thomas M. Schuck has been the managing director of LEG Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Saarland mbH since the year 1992 and, simultaneously, managing director of SBB Saarland Bau und Boden Projektgesellschaft mbH, since 1997 managing director of gwSaar Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation, since 1998 also managing director of SHS Strukturholding Saar.