The investment location of Saxony-Anhalt in July 2013

Made in Germany: IBM expands local IT services. IBM opens an IT Services Centre in Magdeburg / Up to 300 new jobs in the IT sector created
The Centre is part of a global initiative by IBM to systematically strengthen its local presence by offering IT services locally, but it will serve international clients as well. In the new IBM Services Centre high-value services will be offered. These include development and maintenance of IT applications as well as consulting and systems integration for local and international clients. In this way, IBM can satisfy its customers’ growing demand for flexible solutions which enable them to make optimal use of the potential offered by innovations such as big data, cloud and mobile business technologies. Read more.

Enterprise Creates More than 30 New Positions in Genthin
‘The industry is currently experiencing fierce competition globally. Consequently, investment in Europe should not be regarded as a matter of course. Our economic policy must create the type of positive conditions that ensure a competitive environment for domestic industry and in doing so, secure jobs and prosperity. I am pleased that a business as successful and dependable as Solvay has chosen to make such an investment in Genthin. This kind of investment secures the location and strengthens it for the future’. Read more.

Hi-Bis Plant Celebrates Topping out Ceremony
Nearly nine months to the day after the foundation stone ceremony celebrating the expansion of the Hi-Bis GmbH manufacturing plant, the builder joined together with craftspeople and Hi-Bis employees to hold the topping out ceremony. The joint venture Hi-Bis GmbH plans to use the new site to double its production starting mid-2014. An investment of €50m assures that new jobs will be created once more. The new plant will still manufacture speciality bisphenol, a type of chemical compound used by Bayer AG to produce a brand of highly heat resistant and transparent polycarbonate called Apec®. Read More.

A World First in Membrane Technology
In 2009, Petra Göring und Monika Lelonek decided to take the entrepreneurial leap and opened SmartMembranes GmbH in Halle (Saale). With its one-of-a-kind ultrafiltration membrane, the young enterprise is raising the technological bar, especially thanks to intensive support from the European Regional Developlment Fund (ERDF). Monika Lelonek – a trained business chemist – and Petra Göring – an engineer specialising in the development of new technologies – have spent almost four years pouring their combined energy into developing their SmartMembranes GmbH. The product that the two chemists have come up with is unique the world over. Read more.

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