Saxony-Anhalt as an investment location in June 2013

Construction Site for Bits and Bytes: T-Systems Decide to Build Germany’s Largest Data Centre in Biere. Hartmut Möllring – Minister of Sciences and Economic Affairs – was at the massive T-Systems construction site in Biere today to see how the project was coming along. “It says a lot about Saxony-Anhalt as a centre for industry and commerce when an international enterprise such as T-Systems decides to undertake this type of flagship project here,” the Minister declared. He was particularly impressed by the fact that construction was proceeding on schedule despite the extreme duration and intensity of the previous winter. According to the Telekom subsidiary T-Systems, the largest data centre in Germany will be built in Biere, just 30 kilometres south of the Anhaltinian capital Magdeburg. When the final stage of expansion is complete, the server farm and its 34,200 square metres of Gross Floor Area of IT will take its rightful place alongside Europe’s largest data centres. Read more.

Chinese Company Invests in Saxony-Anhalt / Haseloff Signs Agreement in Berlin.
China-based Greatview Aseptic Packaging Co. Ltd. is set to expand its commitment in Saxony-Anhalt. On the occasion of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Germany, the agreement was signed at the Chancellery in Berlin today with the German Chancellor and Chinese Premier looking on. The signatories were Minister-President Reiner Haseloff, Greatview CEO Jeff Hua Bi and Halle Mayor Bernd Wiegand. The company has agreed to invest a further €38m in Halle, thereby creating an additional 26 new permanent positions in the city. Read more.

Glass from the Börde on the World Trade Center
Adorning the first 20 floors of the new and nearly completed World Trade Center (WTC) in New York is specialty glass from the Osterwedding-based firm f-Glass. Standing at 541.3 metres, the finished structure will be the tallest building in the United States. How was it possible for a company from the Magdeburg Börde to land such a contract? As the head of f-Glass, Thomas Belgardt pointed out, “Our principal shareholder is Interpane from Lower Saxony. They specialise in large-scale public construction projects and managed to secure the contract.” Read more.

Swiss Specialists Celebrate Start of Operations in the Harz
Wernigerode. On Friday, the US Engineering Deutschland GmbH officially went into operation in Wernigerode. Urs Schweinfurth, the Swiss investor who is underwriting the €2.4m commitment and after whom the company is named, signalised to the Volksstimme that he expected to see “organic growth” in the coming years. Read more.