“The Growth Area of Frankfurt (Oder)/Eisenhüttenstadt is a prime business location situated in the east of Brandenburg, an area which combines scientific know-how with the strengths of an industrial location with a rich tradition that is at the same time modern. The European University Viadrina and the IHP Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics are further reasons why this region attracts experts from all over Germany and throughout the world. Situated between Berlin and Poland, the area is building bridges between west and east and, as well as outstanding conditions for business, provides a high quality for living, work and leisure time too.”
Jörg Steinbach, Minister of Economic and Energy Affairs of the State of Brandenburg
Back in 2004, the State of Brandenburg started realigning its development policy, both in terms of industry sectors and regions. Using the motto “Strengthening strengths”, 15 regional growth areas were identified and, based on analyses of their economic structure, industry competence areas were defined that had undergone dynamic growth over the previous few years and had ample growth potential for the future. The state government’s aim in doing this was to increase the spatial concentration of its development programs in order to utilise these more efficiently. Regional growth areas are intended to act as motors for their region and radiate their success to the surrounding area.
Together, the city of Frankfurt (Oder) and the city of Eisenhuettenstadt form one of these growth areas. Both cities are part of the German Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg and located in the east of Brandenburg, directly alongside the River Oder, Germany’s border with Poland. Frankfurt (Oder) and Eisenhuettenstadt are the economic centres of East Brandenburg and, due to their industry clusters, are shaping the industrial and social profile of the entire region. Areas of competence include:
- automotive industry,
- food and drink industry,
- metal production, metal processing and finishing/mechatronics,
- media, information and communication technology,
- power engineering, particularly microelectronics and solar
Further industry competences exist in the areas of energy/environmental technology and tourism and are currently arising in the healthcare sector and paper industry.