In 2016, companies invested a combined total of €229 million in the federal state of Bremen. Where do these investors hail from, how many jobs have they created, and what is their line of business?
Bremeninvest recorded a total of 99 foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2016. This number has risen in comparison to 2015, with 35 more investments than the previous year. The 99 investments came in the form of 58 greenfield projects, 19 relocations within Germany, 15 expansions in Bremen itself and seven joint ventures.
The sum total of the investments comes to more than €229 million, and company figures indicate that around 840 jobs have been created in Bremen as a result. The largest increases in employment have been witnessed in the fields of sales and marketing, business services and logistics.
As in the previous year, the majority of investments came from Europe (57.58%) followed by Asia (33.33%). China topped the list of investors by country, with investments from 26 companies. "This shows that we made the right choice of location in setting up an external office in Shanghai," said Andreas Heyer, CEO of Bremeninvest.
The aerospace firm has expanded its premises in Bremen, investing a total of €50 million in the process. Its new logistics centre will serve primarily as a materials depot for the fuselage construction of its A400M military transport aircraft.
Bremen is one of the world's leading locations for activities in the aerospace sector. Aerospace experts Airbus Safran Launchers have invested €40 million in production facilities for the upper stages of its Ariane 6 launch vehicle.
The multinational steel corporation has invested €40 million in its Bremen site. The majority of the funds are going towards one of the facility's two blast furnaces.
The Swiss-based logistics and transportation firm is building its new head office on the bank of Bremen's river Weser. The company is investing €26 million in the site.
The automotive supplier Wagon Automotive Nagold GmbH is investing €8,800,000 in its newly founded subsidiary, Wagon Automotive Bremen GmbH. The business has set up operations at the Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate, within convenient reach of the Mercedes-Benz plant.
The Belgian company Materialise is opening its 3D metal printing plant at the Bremen Technology Park, investing much of its €2 million in printing facilities and equipment. The automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering sectors are set to benefit most from the 3D printed metal products.
Back in 2015, the CMS group announced its plans to establish a site in Bremen. Now that it has opened its new consignment inventory warehouse on the Weser, the Turkish wheel rim producer is consolidating the logistics for its business in Europe. The firm's new site has created 22 jobs in Bremen.
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