There is a little bit of Saxony-Anhalt in everything - in every German car, in the highest building of the world - Burj Khalifa - and in perfumes such as Chanel No 5.
Experience the most innovative businesses of Saxony-Anhalt - close up and through personal contact. Learn about products and solutions that change the world. Explore for example how a drive shaft from Saxony-Anhalt ends up in a formula 1 car, how window glass and pumps form Saxony-Anhalt make their way into the deserts of Arabia and how generators from Saxony-Anhalt produce electricity all over the world.
With over 600 kilometres of navigable inland waterways, 18 ports and trans-shipment points, an 11,000 km network of roads and one of the world’s densest rail networks, Saxony-Anhalt is quite well situated not just in terms of infrastructure. We would also like to draw your attention to Saxony-Anhalt’s diverse expertise in specialty logistics solutions, to its well-developed infrastructure and to the excellent cooperation that exists between industry and academia.
On a journey through Saxony-Anhalt the journalists saw logistics in action. We presented Saxony-Anhalt as the logistics hub of central Germany. During the Hinterland Conference that followed, we presented not only a diverse range of opportunities for utilising combined transport to aid in resource optimisation, but touched on the synergistic effects that take place when logistics specialists and service providers bundle value chains within the industry. Be it traffic telematics, RFID technology or hybrid locomotives and transport, in Saxony-Anhalt we continually strive to design logistics processes that are more secure and efficient.
On 20th November 2013 we introduced representative companies that will allowed to see how logistics operates from an insider’s vantage point. The journalists received exclusive insights into the research facilities and company operations that are making Saxony-Anhalt happen as a logistics hub.
Programme of the press trip "Hinterland Saxony-Anhalt"
Saxony-Anhalt obtains a pioneering role in the search for economic energy storage solutions. Which technology will prevail is still an open question. In Saxony-Anhalt, technologies and systems are being developed for use by other countries in the future for the network integration of renewable energies.
From September 30th until October 4th, IMG and GTAI organised a press trip for US-american and British journalists to demonstrate its pioneering role.
Programme Press Trip PRUSA
European Hub Saxony-Anhalt
500 million customers, consumers and suppliers existing in the EU - and you are right in the middle: enterprises which are settled in Saxony-Anhalt benefit from the fast and swimmingly going access to the markets in eastern and western Europe. Whether on road or rail, by water or air - Saxony-Anhalt act as a transport hub and get your accounts moving.
Journalists from around the world discover the logistical masterpieces in Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt is quite well-positioned in terms of infrastructure with 600 kilometres of navigable inland waterway, 18 harbours and transhipment points, a road network featuring 11,000 kilometres and a railway network that is among the most extensive worldwide.
In order to present “Saxony-Anhalt’s logistical masterpieces” effectively, 18 media representatives from Germany, China, Austria and the MENA region traveled through the state for two days and visit companies at the invitation of the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG) in order to obtain a look behind the scenes.
From 21 February to 22 February 2012 the journalists visited Leipzig/Halle Airport, DHL Cargo, Aerologic, the new Anhalt Logistics Institute in the Department of Production Management and Logistics at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, the Südhafen Haldensleben port facility, Hermes Fulfilment GmbH and Hafen Magdeburg harbour. In conclusion, the trade press representatives were able to enjoy a voyage through the Rothensee lock and the low-water lock in the harbour basin on a Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration icebreaker.
Foreign Journalists surprised by Hidden Champions
Saxony-Anhalt’s economy offers lots of secret winners. In many industries, small or medium-sized enterprises are definitely the market leaders or compete in the premier league of competitors. David Shirreff, European correspondent for The Economist, is enthusiastic about the development in the New Bundesland. “The fact that there are so many hidden champions here has surprised me,” he said during a press trip for foreign journalists.
Together with colleagues from France, Great Britain, Austria and Belarus, among others, he spent three days discovering the companies in Saxony-Anhalt. Under the slogan “Innovative by Tradition”, the international media representatives travelled through the state at the invitation of Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH (IMG), visiting companies who successfully market their products internationally.
David Shirreff was particularly impressed by the change in the chemical park near Bitterfeld. Here, the journalists visited Miltitz Aromatics GmbH. The company was founded in 1992 near Leipzig and built on the long traditions of the region in the manufacturing of scents and flavourings. “The good framework conditions in the chemical park brought us to relocate the entire production department here just a year later,” says managing director Dr. Peter Müller. In Saxony-Anhalt, the company found the optimal opportunities for production together with sufficient space. The daringness paid off. The turnover increased from 60,000 Euro in 1993 to 11.4 million last year. For 2011, a further growth is envisaged. Exports are delivered to 27 countries. The portfolio now includes 100 products, from classic components for the perfumery to modules in the special print sector. Some high-quality fragrances from world-famous brands are made with deliveries from Bitterfeld.
The British journalist said it was a real success story, how specialists from the GDR industry went their own way in a targeted manner after the economic change in 1990 and became successful as a result. “They did not give up. That is really great,” he said.
The correspondent of the Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), Maria Seifert, was especially interested in examples where employees took over their companies after 1990. “It is astounding what successes the managers have achieved in the market economy,” was her assessment. A good example of this is the Anhaltische Elektromotorenwerk Dessau GmbH (AEM). She describes the company as “very well positioned in terms of research and development”. This is providing a stable growth.
AEM was privatised in 1993. Managing director Rolf Rätzer explained how the company has been able to assert itself as a manufacturer of alternating current asynchronous and alternating current synchronous generators since then. The first years of the restructuring were connected with harsh cuts. At the time of the privatisation, 150 employees worked in the company. Today, thanks to the good financial statement of the company, 229 men and women are employed. 24 million Euro were invested in expanding the company.
The fact that every fifth employee has a degree from a technical college or university proves the high proportion of research and development tasks. 75 percent are skilled workers. The annual production is between 20 and 25 million Euro a year. About 50 percent of the products are exported. Dessau generators can be found, for example, in emergency power stations, combined heat and power stations and peripheral facilities for energy production. “Conveyor and dredger drives also rely on our engines, as do cranes and pumps. Water jacket-cooled examples are used particularly in shipbuilding,” reported Rätzer.