“After five months of construction time, Amazon was already able to send the very first package from the new location in Graben in Swabia, Bavaria. The outstanding cooperation with both local and regional partners as well as authorities made it possible that we were able to optimally realize this project in such a short time. The central location within Europe, the excellent regional staff potential and the distinguished connection to all major highways, as well as the fine cooperation were the main reasons to decide for the location in Graben. Amazon will continue to deliver the products to millions of customers from a German logistics center.”
Armin Cossmann, Head of Amazon’s
German logistics centers
The corporation of Amazon is considered to be the world’s pioneer of social commerce. In 1995, Jeff Bezos founded the company in Seattle as one of the first e-commerce mail order businesses. Today, it offers a diversified range of products and employs about 69,000 employees worldwide (August 2012).
“The Bavarian Lower Main region is one of the most attractive industrial locations in Europe. There are certainly only a few places around the world, from where one can reach so much expertise in less than two to three hours of driving. Within a radius of 120 kilometers, there are 22 colleges and universities. In recent decades, our company has invested several hundred million Euros in the CIBA VISION location in Grosswallstadt. New technologies and research and development are strengthened here consistently. The excellent transport links are an important success factor for CIBA VISION’s innovative and efficient logistics center. From here, every day up to 40,000 orders are delivered to customers across Europe.“
Chairman of the Board at CIBA VISION GmbH
CIBA VISION GmbH in Grosswallstadt produces one-day contact lenses for the brand DAILIES®. More than 1,000 employees work in the areas of production, research and development and logistics. CIBA VISION® and Alcon® bundle their skills since April 2012 and were introduced to market as the new business unit Alcon Vision Care of the Novartis Group. The company operates in 75 countries and sells products in 180 markets.
“For Grote Industries as the leading company manufacturing and providing LED lighting technology, Lower Bavaria offers outstanding preconditions for tapping and supplying the entire European market. From our European head office in Niederwinkling, we are able to supply customers quickly and safely from all over Europe with energy-efficient high-quality Grote Industries products. The industry environment also suits our objectives. From February 1, 2009 we have been able to add numerous customers from the fields of commercial vehicles, construction machinery as well as agricultural equipment to our portfolio. We were able to install the production at the Niederwinkling location within a very short period.”
Klaus Vetterl, Managing Director
Grote Industries Europe
Grote Industries is the global leader in terms of manufacturing and providing innovative lighting and security systems for automobiles. The company was founded about 100 years ago in the United States. Since 2009, the head office in Niederwinkling has continued the company’s road to success across Europe.
“Germany, with its strong economy and the many top IT companies is a very important growth market for Huawei. Especially Bavaria and the Nuremberg region are very important for our research and development. The Nuremberg area stands out in this region as a cluster industry, and thus as one of the leading regions in Europe in the field of IT. Here we find a large number of highly qualified and motivated employees and a very good infrastructure in the field of science because of the many universities and research institutes. Together with our partners, we are expanding our research and development activities here continuously.“
Director Public Affairs & Communications
Huawei is one of the world‘s leading providers of information technology and telecommunications solutions. Due to the continuous commitment to customer-oriented innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei creates benefits across the entire value chain in areas such as telecommunication networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei‘s products and solutions are used in over 140 countries around the world – and are therefore available to more than one third of the world’s population.
“Many important IT companies have their regional offices in Bavaria. Both the traditional academic landscape of Regensburg, Eichstaett, from Ingolstadt to Munich, and many universities of applied sciences provide the IT industry with highly qualified personnel. The central location in the heart of Europe, Bavaria‘s excellent transportation infrastructure and information technology allows the company to effectively operate ist businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from Upper Bavaria. In this respect, the slogan “laptop and leather breeches” fits perfectly with Kaspersky Lab. Both the great economic potential in the south of Germany and the close vicinity to the Austrian and Swiss markets have therefore become one of the key factors of Kaspersky Lab’s success in Germany and across Europe.”
Marcel Schaller, HR Director
Europe and Authorized Manager
Kaspersky Lab was founded in the city of Moscow in 1997. Today, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers for security solutions against malware, hacker attacks and spam. Kaspersky’s Ingolstadt office is responsible for the German, Austrian and Swiss business, was opened in 2003 and has grown to more than 150 employees ever since.
Globally operating Nexans Power Accessories Germany GmbH in Hof (NPAG) employs more than 300 staff members at several locations locally and abroad. Due to intensive research and development activity, NPAG takes a leading role in terms of efficient power transmission sets in the low-voltage and mediumvoltage sector. In doing so, the company benefits from the innovation friendly Bavarian environment, allowing Nexans Power Accessories Germany GmbH to set crucial industry standards and to shape global norms. Based on the continuous improvement and orientation of products and system solutions toward the ever-changing energy market, NPAG can fall back on an excellent pool of qualified experts here in Upper Franconia, enhancing the region’s future-oriented direction and its innovative capacity.
Peter Ahlers, General Manager
Nexans Power Accessories Germany GmbH
For more than 50 years, the Nexans Power Accessories Germany GmbH (short: NPAG) based in Hof/Saale has led the field of joining technology and power cable sets. Incorporated in the French Nexans group, Nexans Power Accessories Germany GmbH has specialized in manufacturing low-voltage and medium-voltage sets to join and connect with power cables. The Nexans group ranks among the world’s leading cable manufacturers and employs 24,500 staff members in more than 40 countries.
“Our work at Weiherhammer is renowned since we use this location to manufacture special products according to the highest possible requirements. Innovation is the key and in this spirit, the Upper Palatinate mentality is the utmost requirement and the key to success. The NSG Group relies on this location as the staff’s experience and qualification and in particular their mentality have become pivotal factors of success for us. When it comes to in-house innovations, we received tremendous support from our management, regional partners, the Bavarian government and all others involved.“
Reinhold Gietl, Factory Manager
The NSG Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass and glass products. The corporate focus lies on Automotive, Architectural and Technical Glass. Today, the NSG Group’s overall revenue amounts to approximately 5 billion Euros and the number of employees is about 29,000.