Surge in growth of the economy at the beginning of the year. Economic growth has picked up well since the turn of the year. The key factor in this regard was the effectiveness of the impulses emanating across the whole of Germany, based on increased investment in equipment and construction. Read more. Battery Management: Fraunhofer IFF and SK Innovation agree to cooperate. The South Korean company SK Innovation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF signed a cooperation agreement in Magdeburg by the end of June. The two partners intend to collaborate on research of large energy storage systems in the future. The official opening of one of the largest battery systems in Germany marks the start. Read more. Innotech Solar awarded for its innovative spirit. The Scandinavian-German manufacturer Innotech Solar (ITS) has been awarded the "Innovativ durch Forschung" ("Research-Driven Innovations") seal for its outstanding commitment to research and development. The company, which uses an innovative and particularly environmentally friendly process to manufacture solar modules with an exceptionally low carbon footprint, was presented with the seal by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for German Science). Read more. ARYZTA AG: Large-scale investment in the Mansfeld Land. As part of its largest single investment in the German market, the Swiss bakery products manufacturer ARYZTA AG is establishing a new. The construction work at the Eisleben Lutherstadt on the premises of the Klemme AG Company started in June. 295 new jobs will be created as a result of this investment. Read more.Bioeconomy in Eastern Germany given the "green" light. The BioEconomy cluster of excellence well on track with the approach of establishing non-food-relevant, renewable materials as the foundation for a bio-based economy. A new phase of financing will support the approach to become the model region for the whole of Europe, following evaluation in the BMBF Clusters of Excellence funding. Read more.