The state of Bremen covers 420 square kilometres and is home to around 670,000 people. Almost 22,000 companies provide more than 325,000 jobs. Below, we introduce some of the strong sectors that make Bremen such an excellent business location.
Germany’s smallest federal state saw economic growth of 3.3 per cent in 2017, the largest figure of all the federal states. Bremen attracts businesses through locational factors such as good infrastructure, a wide range of commercial premises and a skilled workforce. Read on to find out which sectors are the commercial heavyweights and what sets them apart.
Bremen has a long and proud tradition in aviation and space travel. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the number of employees in this sector as a proportion of the population is the highest in Germany. More than 140 aerospace companies are based in Bremen, including major players such as the Airbus Group, ArianeGroup, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics and OHB. Together with more than 20 research institutes, including the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Bremen Fibre Institute and many others, the sector employs 12,000 people and generates over €4 billion a year. Wing systems for Airbus aircraft, the upper stage of the Ariane rocket and the Galileo satellite navigation system are all manufactured in Bremen.
Lightweight construction is a key technology for the aerospace industry. The EcoMaT Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies, located right next to Bremen Airport, is working on the technologies of tomorrow. Over an area of around 22,000 square metres, it will house offices, laboratories and a technology centre, and provide space for around 500 employees. This alliance of industry and science is dedicated entirely to cross-disciplinary research into lightweight construction and its relevance for all aerospace systems.
The sector is represented by its association AVIASPACE BREMEN e.V. This network promotes the development of the aerospace industry by linking it to the automotive, wind energy and shipbuilding industries.
The wide range of courses on offer in Bremen equip students from around the world with the skills they need for a career in the aerospace industry. Bremen’s University of Applied Sciences offers four of these courses, including a degree apprenticeship. Since 2017, the University of Bremen has run two English-language master’s programmes in space engineering and in space sciences and technology. Both universities work closely with local research institutes and businesses.
Bremen and the sea has been a centuries-old success story. Shipbuilding in Bremen? Absolutely – there is at least one company in Bremen or Bremerhaven for every area of the production chain. The state of Bremen is Germany’s second-largest port location and home to 1,300 companies employing around 40,000 employees. On top of that, there are at least a further 34,000 jobs that are indirectly dependent on the ports. Both seaborne and inland waterway transport operates here.
The ports in Bremen and Bremerhaven are the fourth-largest container hub in Europe. Bremen has the highest export ratio, 65.4 per cent, of all German states, equivalent to almost 75 million tonnes of goods in 2017. The port in Bremerhaven mainly handled general cargo – around 60.36 million tonnes of it – with the section of the Bremerhaven port that is owned by the city of Bremen handling around 8.9 million tonnes of bulk goods.
Storage space and infrastructure is also needed alongside the ports to distribute the goods throughout the country. Five logistics centres with a total of 1,486 hectares of space, home to more than 1,300 companies employing 20,000 people, ensure the smooth transshipment and transport of goods by road, rail and air.
The Cargo Distribution Center (GVZ) provides an additional one million square metres of warehouse space. It is Germany’s largest and Europe’s second largest centre of its kind, and a location of international importance. 150 companies employing around 8,000 skilled workers are based here.
Petrol runs through Bremen’s veins – and now electricity does too. The city boasts more than a hundred years of history as a hub for the automotive industry. Today, Mercedes-Benz is the region’s largest employer, and its 12,500 staff manufacture 420,000 vehicles a year. In addition to traditional cars with combustion engines, electric cars are also manufactured in Bremen under the new EQ brand. Production of the EQC, a fully electric SUV, will start in 2019.
Alongside Mercedes-Benz, more than 40 suppliers provide around 5,000 additional jobs, including leading companies such as Hella Group, Lear Corporation and Brose Group. The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate offers the sector an ideal location with direct access to the A1 motorway and a fast connection to the Mercedes-Benz plant.
Bremen is where the vehicles are manufactured, while Bremerhaven is where they are shipped out to the world. In 2017, 2.3 million vehicles from all over Germany were handled at the car terminal, 11.4 per cent more than in the previous year. This makes Bremen Europe’s second-largest car handling centre. In addition to Europe’s leading automotive logistics company, BLG, other major players based here include reimer logistics, Ipsen Logistics, PWL (Peter W. Lampke GmbH & Co. KG), Stute and Weserport.
The Automotive Nordwest network brings together manufacturers, suppliers and organisations involved in research and training. It functions as a platform for cross-sectoral communications and collaboration in the Bremen region.
The complete value chain of the wind energy sector is present in Bremen and Bremerhaven – from research, development and manufacturing to aftersales and maintenance. This network provides everything needed to set up and operate onshore and offshore projects. Over 100 companies and institutions employing 4,000 people have settled in Bremen and Bremerhaven, half of whom work in the offshore wind energy sector. Today, the state is an internationally renowned innovation centre for the industry.
Thanks to its coastal location, Bremerhaven has become a key hub for the offshore wind energy sector. The ports are an important link and specialise in large and heavy cargo, or breakbulk. Many suppliers, planning offices, project planners and service providers are based in Airport-Stadt Bremen.
WAB Windenergie-Agentur is a network that facilitates partnerships and the sharing of expertise within the offshore wind energy sector and acts as its regional point of contact.
Bremen has one of the strongest IT sectors in Germany, generating over €1 billion in revenue according to the latest figures. More than 1,300 companies are based in Bremen, including key players such as team neusta and e-commerce specialists hmmh. A range of locational factors make moving to Bremen attractive, such as the supply of skilled workers and the good working relationship between industry and the research community.
All businesses – other than those that are already specialists in the digital world – are busy with their digital strategies. Work 4.0, process optimisation, new technology environments and changing markets: these are all important competitive factors for companies of all sizes. Large companies operate their own innovation labs in Bremen, such as Daimler’s Innolab and BLG’s Digilab.
Small and medium-sized enterprises can turn to the SME 4.0 Centre of Excellence for support and funding. It is one of 23 centres across Germany that are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The centre is located in the Alte Schnapsfabrik building, home to many other creative and innovative companies. The centre is the first port of call for companies looking for assistance in delivering digital transformation.
Besides hard facts such as revenue or employment figures, a city’s creative economy is an important locational factor. It takes up the challenges of the future and identifies needs and trends, while its close links to the digital industry encourage innovative developments.
There are around 1,800 creative companies in Bremen employing more than 10,000 people, including international players such as Urban Screen. The districts of Überseestadt, Neustadt and Ostertor are the hotspots of the creative industry. Young talent is fostered at the University of the Arts in Bremen’s Speicher XI building.
nordmedia finances film projects across Lower Saxony and Bremen. The organisation supports film and media makers through funding, workshops and networking events, and is represented in Bremen by a regional office in the Weserhaus building.
The city also has many co-working opportunities for young entrepreneurs and freelancers. A wide range of funding options and the crowdfunding platform Schotterweg help entrepreneurs to bring their innovative projects to life. The first port of call for budding entrepreneurs is the Starthaus.
To this day, Bremen’s merchants live by the slogan ‘Buten un binnen – wagen un winnen’, which means ‘outside and in – venture and win’ in the local dialect. The slogan is emblazoned above the entrance to the Handelskammer, Germany’s oldest chamber of commerce. Retail in the city is characterised by good accessibility and wide choice. For the first time ever, the sector generated over €4 billion in revenue in 2017/18. Bremen is home to more than 700 shops, 200 places to eat and 50 cultural and entertainment venues. The city offers everything from large international chains to small independent shops that have been in business for decades.
There is a lot happening in the city centre – private investors are pumping around €1 billion into several projects aimed at increasing Bremen’s attractiveness. The communication campaign Bremen wird neu (Bremen reborn) provides information on all projects and building activities. The Schnoor quarter and the Viertel are further popular shopping areas in the centre. A number of retail parks and shopping malls in Bremen’s districts round off the city’s retail experience.
It is not just cars that keep the ports in Bremen and Bremerhaven busy. Almost half of all coffee beans imported to Germany arrive via Bremen, making the ports the leading centres for importing coffee to Germany. Bremerhaven is also the country’s biggest fish processing centre and has a market share of 50 per cent. The city is known as ‘Europe’s freezer’, thanks to companies such as FRoSTA, Nordsee, Frozen Fish and Deutsche See who operate their deep-freeze warehouses and processing centres here. Fish fingers, loved around the world, are also produced in the city on the Weser estuary. Together, FRoSTA and Frozen Fish make 2.7 billion of them every year. If they were all laid down end to end, they would reach around the world five times.
Bremen has a high brand density, including major players such as Becks, Hachez, FRoSTA and Melitta, but the city is also a great place for innovative food start-ups. And even if Bremen is not exactly renowned for its wines, the city can still boast one related record – Bremen’s Ratskeller houses the world’s largest collection of German wines.
The food and beverage industry, together with wholesalers, generates total revenue of around €3 billion a year and employs approximately 9,000 people. In addition to the processing industry, several logistics, warehousing and transport service providers have established themselves here, along with testing laboratories and specialised research institutes.
If you have any questions about relocating to Bremerhaven, then BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH is here to help with advice and assistance.
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The exploration of celestial bodies, such as Mars, Mercury and the moon, requires detailed geological maps. An international research project is now laying the foundations for this. Bremen-based geologist Dr Angelo Pio Rossi is one of the initiators of the data project.
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The depths of the ocean remain one of the last great mysteries on Earth. What is the precise composition of the seafloor? What flora and fauna inhabit it? Where has the delicate balance of the ecosystem been seriously disrupted? We still don’t have complete answers to any of these questions, but four young scientists from Bremen are aiming to change that.
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The Bremen Hansalinie Industrial Estate is ideally situated for businesses in the automotive industry, located in the immediate vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen just off the A1 autobahn. But it also offers a number of benefits for service providers, trading companies and the skilled trades. If you want to set up business here, you need to act quickly.
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One day, astronauts will live and carry out research on the moon – and even a colony on Mars is no longer the distant utopian dream it once was. But how will people be able to live in an extraterrestrial environment? The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen is working on a solution.
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Bremen-based company Home & Marine works in a sector that generates huge interest, but is often shrouded in secrecy – it builds complex entertainment systems for mega-yachts. The company is reluctant to speak about customers and orders, but since it was founded just over 25 years ago, Home & Marine has worked on more than 100 yachts.
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Space technologies have advanced greatly in recent years, leading to increasing demands from the business and research sectors. To meet these requirements, Bremen University now offers unique master’s degrees in Space Engineering and Space Sciences and Technologies.
Formula Student is a world-wide competition for self-built racing cars, with the season’s final race held at Hockenheim. A Bremen-based team has been taking part in the competition with an electric racing car since 2013, and their ambitious goal is to break into the top ten.
If astronauts want to get all the way to Mars one day, they’ll need food supplies for the journey. Part of the solution could be to grow their own grains and bake bread themselves. Bremen start-up Bake in Space is on the verge of making this vision a reality.
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The research alliance ROBEX is sending robots up active volcanoes and down into the deepest and darkest seas. Working across disciplines, the 120 scientists of the 16 institutes involved are breaking new ground on this project. They have been eagerly waiting to find out what has happened to the TRAMPER diving robot, which has been exploring the deep seas around Spitsbergen for a year. Now they are ready to bring it back.
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This new master’s degree at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences prepares students for the future and offers them excellent job prospects.
BLG Logistics Group is a major player in logistics with 18,000 employees. It established the Digilab in Bremen as a core element of its digitalisation. The company’s premises are reminiscent of start-ups in Silicon Valley, and there are good reasons for that.
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FabLab Bremen invites visitors to learn about new manufacturing technologies and try their hand at everything from laser cutters to printing and programming. Digital technology enthusiasts of all ages and programmers of all abilities are welcome here. And it is not long before they can put what they have learnt to good use.
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The multi-million-mile journey of the Ariane 5 rocket begins in Bremen, while that of Spacelab came to an end here in 1999, after 15 years of service with 22 missions to outer space. Ariane Group in Bremen is the ideal place to experience the history of space travel.
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A great deal of manual labour goes into aircraft construction. Despite this – or perhaps even because of it – Airbus is changing its approach to make increased use of digital technologies. It’s also researching the applications of new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing. And not a moment too soon, as Airbus’ site manager in Bremen, Dr André Walter, explains in our interview.
GeoSea, a subsidiary of the Belgian DEME group, is helping to construct of some of the largest offshore wind farms in the German North Sea – and in Bremen, the company has found the ideal location to carry out its work.
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They came, they saw, they marvelled – Chinese business people in Bremen visited the Mercedes-Benz plant and were surprised to find that an automotive manufacturer with a vast robot workforce was also Bremen’s largest employer, with just under 13,000 (human) employees. But where do they all work?
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In December 2016 ministers from the European Space Agency (ESA) member states met to determine the roadmap for the European space sector for the years ahead. Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Bremen submitted joint recommendations. In the following interview Dr Peter Vits, Bremen's State Coordinator for the Space Sector, talks about Bremen's strengths and opportunities.
The sky is not the limit, at least not in Bremen. All parts of the aerospace sector are represented in the city, from R&D to production. Aeroplane wings, Ariane rockets and Galileo satellites – Bremen is one of the leading locations in the international aerospace industry. Here are five factors behind Bremen’s story of success.
In 2015 Bremen won the right to host the International Astronautical Congress for the second time, after having successfully held the event in 2003. Its bid was the result of a collaboration between the Bremen regional government and Bremen’s space industry and space research sector. Event partners include the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Aerospace Centre.
The Bremen region has long been a pioneer in electric mobility and is now set to enjoy further success after Mercedes-Benz and Borgward announced that they will be making electric vehicles in the city.
Bremen knows how to make cars: the Mercedes-Benz plant by the Weser river has been in operation for almost 40 years, is the focal point of the city’s automotive industry and automotive clusters, and is now the company’s biggest global facility in terms of vehicle production numbers. Reason enough for an ever-growing number of suppliers and logistics firms to base themselves in Bremen.
For 30 years, the Cargo Distribution Centre in Bremen has delivered excellence – as an investment location and a logistics hub. Today more than 150 companies employing approximately 8,000 people are based at the site. It offers direct links to the ports, the autobahn and has a close proximity to Bremen City Airport.
What makes an aircraft fly? You don't have to be an aerospace expert to be fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes at one of the largest aircraft construction companies in the world. The Airbus Group in Bremen turns the dream of flying into ...
Whichever C-Class model the German or European customer chooses, one thing is for sure: it will be manufactured in Bremen, the centre of excellence for the C-Class. Fans of open-top driving will also be delighted to see that the new C-Class convertible ...