Osnabrück District - Heart of Germany’s north west
The economic heart of Germany’s north west beats in Osnabrück District. It is an economic region of great potential thanks to its central location between the conurbation areas of the Ruhr and Hamburg. Whether steel construction or a research station in the Antarctic, aquaristics for the global market, wafers for gourmets throughout Europe, VIP boxes for football stadiums in the USA or special shampoos for racing camels in Dubai: no matter how different the products are, they all have one thing in common. They are all “made in Osnabrücker Land”. The location stands out with a broad mix of industries, a strong SME sector and a healthy job market. Diversity, inventiveness and an entrepreneurial spirit promote the economy in the innovation region, coupled with attractive conditions for companies. There are plenty of reasons why Osnabrück District is the fourth strongest SME region in Germany, putting it ahead of centres such as Hamburg, Berlin or Frankfurt in the “Atlas of German Business Centres” ranking issued by the Wirtschaftswoche and Deutsche Bank.
Excellent traffic infrastructure
The district scores above all with its outstanding traffic infrastructure. From its location at the heart of North-West Germany, easy access is ensured in less than two hours to Germany’s overseas ports, the Ruhr conurbation, the Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region and the Netherlands thanks to the excellent motorways connections, the international airport Münster/Osnabrück and the Midland Canal. This is highly beneficial not just for the many logistics companies but also for the other major industries at home in Osnabrücker Land. These include the food industry, the healthcare industry and agricultural engineering together with mechanical engineering, the furniture industry or the automotive sector.
“Made in Osnabrücker Land”
Well-known food brands such as Homann, Rau and Fuchs Gewürze have manufacturing facilities here in the region. Meyer wafer factory in Venne is another lesser known market leader in Europe. GelatoClassico from Hilter not only supplies icecream parlours with delicious ice-cream creations but also provides culinary delights for the Lufthansa fleet of airplanes. Tetra in Melle is the world leader of the aquaristic market, producing fish food and much more besides for ponds and aquatic life forms.
Agricultural engineering companies find excellent conditions in the district, as illustrated by the impressive list of companies based here. Ideas and products from the Osnabrücker Land come from Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik in Rieste, Ama - zonen-Werke H. Dreyer in Hasbergen and in future at a second site in Bramsche, and last but not least Claas, international manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment with a development centre in Dissen. The fashion brand Rabe Moden from Hilter will be familiar to anyone with an interest in fashion. And products from the Osnabrücker Land can even often be found in the comfort of private homes. The bedroom may possibly be made by Oeseder furniture manufacturer Matthias Wiemann. Nearly every kitchen and every bathroom will have products by Kesseböhmer from Bad Essen. One of the leading companies in the field of dental brackets is Top-Service für Lingualtechnik. And the sheiks in Dubai esteem the special shampoo made by Wilms in Bad Essen for the glossy coat it gives their racing camels.
Innovation for the whole world
Although many of the companies based in the region operate on a global scale, few of them are so well known. But their innovative capabilities are illustrated for instance by examples in the Antarctic. Here Wurst Stahlbau from Bersenbrück made the steel structure of the building envelope for the research station Neumayer III, while Teledoor in Melle was responsible for the complete outer envelope for the same project. Melos, also from Melle, demonstrated its sportsmanship in supplying the granulate for the blue racing track in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium that made Usain Bolt famous in 2009 with his world record over the 100 metres sprint distance. Feldhaus Klinker from Bad Laer leads the market for manufacturing corner facing bricks, while culimeta in Bersenbrück is market leader for textile glass fibres.
And when it comes to glass: Solarlux enjoys global success with conservatories, glass partitions, terrace roofs and facade design. The company has built VIP boxes for numerous sports stadiums in the USA, such as Seattle, New York and Phila - delphia, together with the Olympic Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. And a company from Osnabrücker Land, tde – trans data elektronik in Bippen, even supplied the technology for one of the world’s largest experiments: the particle accelerator at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where black holes are generated. With all these globally acknowledged achievements, the Osnabrücker Land truly lives up to its name as an innovation region.
Osnabrück District - The Heart of Germany's North West